Candidates for the 2015 Election to the Board of Directors

Please follow this link for bios of candidates:

Electronic Ballots to Follow!

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Spring 2015 Newsletter

Please enjoy the RGSG Spring 2015 Newsletter:

which contains a Quickguide to RGSG sponsored sessions at the upcoming AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, board election information, U.S. delegates to the Rural Geography Quad Meeting, Networking Update, Humboldt State geographers in the news, recent publications highlighting Rural Geography and Gender, and upcoming conferences and CFPs.

2015 research highlights include:

Michele Bolduc – Navigating the Changing Immigrant Health Care Landscape in Immokalee, Florida

Bill Wetherholt – Exploring Place Attachment in Kansas’ Central Great Plains

Sophie Moore – Ethnographic Fieldwork with the Peasants’ Movement of Papaye (MPP) in Central Haiti

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2015 Awards – Redd Center for Western Studies

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is pleased to announce multiple awards for 2015 that are available for scholars conducting research related to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or/and Wyoming. Please see the descriptions below. Follow the link to further information and application instructions.  Applications for 2015 are due by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 15.

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Call for Participation: Quadrennial

Global Challenges and Rural Responses

The Eighth Quadrennial Conference of British,

Canadian, and American Rural Geographers
2015 Swansea – Aberystwyth

July 6-12, 2015

For the full announcement, please go to:

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CFP: ‘Setting the Scene’ – Rurality and the Crime Fiction Genre

Interdisciplinary Approaches to ‘Setting the Scene’: Representations of
Rurality in Crime Fiction and Media Culture will be held June 15th and 16th, 2015 at Queen’s University, Belfast. This conference will be an opportunity to come together to discuss rurality and the crime fiction genre in interdisciplinary and international contexts. Prof. Paul Cloke, University of Exeter, is confirmed as one of the Keynote speakers. Rural Geographers are invited to participate and propose thematic sessions.

Registration is free, with abstracts due to Dr Linda Price, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen’s University, Belfast – by 15th January, 2015. 

For more details go to:,472746,en.pdf

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Fall 2014 Rural Geography Specialty Group Newsletter

Rural Geography news featuring our newly elected and re-elected Board members, Jill Clark and Julia Haggerty, Awards, Communications, Recent Publications, Research Highlight – Colleen Hiner, Quadrennial Rural Geography Conference, and Annual Meetings CFPs (deadlines fast approaching…)

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Rural Quadrenial Call for Participation

Call for Interest

Global Challenges and Rural Responses
The Eighth Quadrennial Conference of British,
Canadian, and American Rural Geographers
2015 Swansea – Aberystwyth
(Provisional dates: July 6-12, 2015)
In the tradition of international collaborative rural geographical endeavors, the RGSG is looking for strong representatives for the U.S. delegation to the 8th Quadrennial British-Canadian-American Conference on Rural Geography in July 2015, to be held in Swansea and Aberystwyth, Wales. We expect to send a delegation of 12 to 15 members. Student presenters are welcome and encouraged. One funded student delegate position will go to the winner of the 2015 student research award, which is described after this call ( For more information on the Student Award, please contact Chris Laingen at

The conference is intensive and allows for high-quality interaction between participants. Attendees will experience sessions in multiple sites in Wales. Relevant rural excursions and free time are part of the conference experience. One of the outputs of the Quadrennial meetings is an edited book, or, as in the case of the 7th Quadrennial meeting, a special edition of the Journal of Rural and Community Development (volume 8, issue 3).

For planning purposes, if you are interested in being considered part of the delegation, please email Jill Clark ( by October 1st, 2014. Please include whether you would be requesting funding. Funding has not been secured. But if funding would make the meeting more accessible, we need a sense of the total amount needed when trying to raise funds. In addition, please include any ideas you have for possible funding sources.

The costs of the conference will be determined by October, but are expected to be about $1000 USD, plus transportation costs to and from Wales. We will share details as they are finalized.

We expect to issue a Call for Applications in October, with an anticipated deadline of December 1st, 2014 and selection of delegates by January 1st, 2015.
Jill K. Clark
Assistant Professor
John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Ohio State University

Proposal Guidelines for the 2014 RGSG Student Research Award
Recipient will be the RGSG’s student representative at the Eighth Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian, and American Rural Geographers, 2015 Swansea – Aberystwyth (Provisional dates: July 6-12, 2015)
Proposal is due no later than Friday, November 21, 2014 (in MS Word format) and should be emailed to Dr. Chris Laingen (, RGSG Awards Director. The recipient of the award will be notified no later than Friday, December 19, 2014.
The proposal should be no longer than 18 pages in length and include the following parts:
1. Cover Page (1 page)
• Project Title
• Student’s Name
• Affiliation
• Contact Information

2. Project Summary (single-spaced, 1 page)
• Intellectual Merit
o What about your project encompasses the potential to advance knowledge?
• Broader Impact
o What about your project encompasses the potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes?

3. Project Description (double-spaced, not to exceed 15 pages)
• Introduction
• Background / Literature Review
• Objectives of the Study
• Methods
• Results (if available)
• References Cited
• Tentative Timeline / Work-Plan

4. Biographical Sketch (1 page)
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Chris Laingen (, RGSG Awards Director.

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