Key dates for session organisers 26 April 2019: Session proposal deadline 10 May 2019: Notification of session organizers 27 Sep 2019: Abstract submission deadline 25 October 2019: Finalization of abstract selection 29 Nov 2019: Notification of presenters 29 May 2020: Registration deadline for speakers 12 June 2020: Finalization and distribution of program 8–12 July 2020: Congress Session formats The majority of sessions will follow a traditional format based on an open call for abstracts and equal time allocation for each participating presenter. Session proponents may consider other formats including panel debates, open workshops and lightening talks, etc. Language The official Congress language is English. If you would like to propose a session in a language, or languages, other than English you will need to provide the Program Committee with information on who will present and participate in the session. Please note the Congress will not be able to provide you with translation support. Session proposal guidelines Your session proposal should include: Session title Organizer(s) names, affiliations and contact details Session format Participants (i.e. will there be an open call for abstracts and, if not, who are your intended presenters/participants?) Abstract (300 word maximum) Submission Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org Session themes Session proposals are welcome on any topic of relevance to rural sociologists although proposals that address the Congress theme are encouraged. Potential topics include, but are not restricted to: People: Rural imaginaries and identities: narratives of community, nation-building, cultural heritage and nature in the urban century. Population dynamics including drivers of rural-urban migration and the shifting demography of rural spaces. Community development, service provision, and the persistent gap between rural and urban health and well-being. Urban ruralities: the contribution of agriculture, food and forestry to place-making, identity and sustainable development in the city. Economy: Agrarian transitions and contestations: the changing character of Indigenous, peasant and family farm livelihoods in the developing and developed worlds. Commodity flows and networked spaces in the global economy. Alternative food systems: short supply chains, non-commoditized production and exchange. Spatial dispossessions/re-possessions: resource appropriation and struggles over property rights among Indigenous and peasant resource users, family farmers and others. New rural economies? Opportunities and threats arising from mining and other extractive industries, urbanization, technological disruption and demand for ecosystem services. Environment: The reciprocal relationships between natural resource management and rural community economic and social development. Landscape transitions including urbanization, gentrification of the peri-urban fringe, natural and cultural heritage conservation, agro-industrialization and resource extraction. Climate change and opportunities to enhance both adaptive capacity and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in rural communities, industries and landscapes. Governance: Implementation and evaluation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in rural areas. Subnational leadership in climate and natural resource governance. State policy and practice: procurement, trade, food security etc.