We invite scholars to share their research on the following, and related, themes:
- constructions and transformations of rural and small-town identities
- local mobilisations during crises, particularly those caused or exacerbated by climate change
- representing, erasing, and reinterpreting past and future in rural and small-towns landscapes
- various faces and meanings of tourism in rural and small town locations
- preservation and transformation of rural areas: ‘rewilding’, gentrification, de- or re-industrialisation, and suburbanisation
- mobility and migration to/from rural and small-town communities
- political narratives of space and place
- place-based activism
- local adaptation via third-sector initiatives and social enterprises
- re-inventing rural and small-town traditions: new meanings and symbols
- reflections on advanced methodologies investigating contemporary concepts of locality and heritage exposed to global influences
While priority will be given to proposals concerning Baltic and Central European contexts, examples from other regions are also welcomed.
The conference invites both paper and panel submissions. The length of oral presentations is expected to be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.
- A 250-word abstract of the proposed paper.
- A brief bio of the author(s).
- Contact details of the author(s).
- A 400-word abstract of the panel.
- A 150-word abstract for each of the papers on the panel, followed by a brief description of each panelist.
- A 75-word panel description for the conference program.
- Contact details of the panel organiser.
Submission Deadline: March 31
Notification of acceptance: April 30
Deadline for registration: June 15