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Call for Proposals

Proposed Themes

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

Submission Guidelines

The conference invites both paper and panel submissions. The length of oral presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.


  1. A 250-word abstract of the proposed paper.
  2. A brief bio of the author(s).
  3. Contact details of the author(s).


  1. A 400-word abstract of the panel.
  2. A 150-word abstract for each of the papers on the panel, followed by a brief description of each panelist.
  3. A 75-word panel description for the conference program.
  4. Contact details of the panel organiser.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: April 30

Notification of acceptance: June 1

Deadline for registration: August 31

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