2022 SOM Annual Conference

October 13 & 14, 2022 • Minnesota State University, Mankato & Virtual

Rural Sociology

Connecting People,
Communities, Economics,
Politics, Health, & Environment

This year, with our conference theme, we reaffirm our ties to the rural communities, which is our roots clinging to our ancestors, land, and the earth itself. Rural sociology is about making connections with people and their life in the rural areas, which included but not limited to food, agriculture, and natural resources, land use and environment, economics of the farm production, migrant workers, rural-urban disparities, health care access, and culture and identity of the rural people. Together, we explore connections between variables, between social structures, between individuals, or between theoretical or methodological frameworks, and of course, connect with other social scientists, activists, policy makers, and fellow conscious citizens!

Our SOM conference sessions are wide open for scholars to join in from sociology, as well as, other important social science disciplines, i.e., anthropology, communication studies, economics, education, ethnic studies, gender and women’s studies, global and international relations, health sciences, political science, and psychology, etc.

Conference Location

Centennial Student Union
620 West, S Rd
Mankato, MN 56001

2022 Conference Schedule & Program

Get details on all the events, speakers, and programming happening over the two days of the conference.

Headshot of Julie Tesch.
Keynote Address

Julie Tesch

President and CEO of Minnesota Center for Rural Policy and Development (CRPD)

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Call for Presentations

We welcome submissions for sessions, papers, posters, and panels. Please send the title and a brief abstract (~ 3 sentences or 100 words maximum) for review to Conference Coordinator, Dr. Saiful Islam at saiful.islam@mnsu.edu with the subject line Sociologists of Minnesota Submission. If you would like to submit a paper or serve as panelist for one of the sessions below, please indicate the session title in your email. We welcome original research on local or global issues, theoretical or applied areas, works in progress, and discussions on teaching from students, faculty, researchers, scholars, community activists, policy makers, and fellow conscious citizens.

Submission Deadline: October 7th, 2022

Proposed Panels / Sessions

Caroline Rose Student Paper Competition

The Caroline Rose Student Paper Competition is a great opportunity for students to share their work with a professional audience! The Sociologists of Minnesota is offering cash prizes for first-and second-place within the undergraduate and graduate divisions. All winners receive free conference registration, meals, and membership in SOM. Winners are expected to present at our Annual Conference on October 13th and 14th. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the Student Paper Competition Committee using a rubric, and all students will receive feedback from the Committee on their work, even if they do not win an Award. Faculty, please invite your students to enter their papers in recognition of their outstanding work under your guidance. Students, we welcome you to submit one or more papers. Such a submission (and win) looks good on your resume and/or graduate school application and recognizes your outstanding engagement as a student sociologist. *Please see the accompanying rules of the competition. If there are no acceptable papers, prizes will not be offered.*

Please submit an electronic version (Word or PDF) of the paper to via email to Aaron Hoy (aaron.hoy@mnsu.edu). Please also indicate in your email whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student.

Papers involving human subjects must have Institutional Review Board (or its equivalent) approval and must note the receipt of approval in the methodology section of the paper.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022

For questions, Please contact Aaron Hoy aaron.hoy@mnsu.edu

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