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Rural Livelihood Stories: Past, Present, and Future

Southern Rural Sociological Association

2024 Annual Meeting


Rural communities are often characterized on the bases of their struggles, but rural residents also generate innovations that contribute to resilience. Sharing these insights and building partnerships across traditional boundaries may contribute to broader rural prosperity. The theme for the Southern Rural Sociological Association’s (SRSA) 2024 conference is “Rural Livelihood Stories: Past, Present, and Future.” Practitioners, scholars, students, and storytellers of all types are invited to bring together these narratives in an effort to elevate and learn from each other.

Individually and collectively, people employ livelihoods strategies in the daily pursuit of a particular standard of living, facing shocks and stressors along the way. They seek to find and implement strategies to overcome barriers, create new channels to build success, and collaborate with others to craft new pictures of sustainability. How do the human, social, and material dimensions of livelihoods interconnect to shape the well-being of individuals, households, and their communities? What strategies, techniques, and institutional arrangements are utilized in pursuing livelihood pathways, what barriers are faced, and what can we learn from each other in order to imagine a more sustainable future?

The 2024 Annual Meeting calls for all forms of scholarly work to share these stories, particularly those that address theoretical frameworks, collaborations between scholars, practitioners, and communities, and diverse voices that provide accounts of livelihoods that inform future rural development. We invite the submission of papers, posters, and panels to discuss the importance of rural livelihoods stories across time, capturing snapshots of communities, struggles, and actions to pursue pathways to resilience that taken together will form a gallery exhibiting rural lives and landscapes. 

Eleanor M Green

SRSA 2023-2024 President 


To submit and abstract, please complete for information below by October 5, 2023 *Note the contact listed will receive notifications regarding submissions. 

Future Conferences:

SAAS 2024 - Atlanta, GA - Feb 1-6, 2024

The Westin Peachtree Plaza(SRSA February 4-5, 2024)

SAAS 2025 - Irving, TX - Jan 30-Feb 4, 2025

The Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas & Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas/SMG, & Texican Court

(SRSA February 2-3, 2025)

Annual meeting is held concurrently with the

Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists

Annual meeting is held concurrently with the

Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists

Annual Meeting 

Hotel Information 


The SRSA registration policy for the annual meeting is that all participants at the annual meeting must pay the registration fee either in advance or on-site. No exceptions.

2023 Conference Registration will be available October 4, 2023



The registration form will navigate you to the payment page upon completion. If you are paying by check, send payment to: 

Robert Zabawa: SRSA Treasurer                    

Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Tuskegee University

201 Campbell Hall

1200 W. Montgomery Rd

Tuskegee, AL 36088


The registration fee includes:


  • admission to all SAAS/SRSA concurrent sessions, panel discussions, poster sessions, and keynote addresses

  • admission to the SRSA awards luncheon and Presidential address

  • a one-year membership to the Southern Rural Sociological Association

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