Summer School? European Society for Rural Sociology

How about a week in Finland engaging in rural sociology? 
The Summer School of the European Society for Rural Sociology will be organized August 19th – 26th 2012 in Ristiina, Finland
The Summer School is targeted to doctoral students who are in different phases of writing their thesis on rural issues in European context.
This year’s theme of the Summer School is Rural–Urban relationship revisited. It takes into focus transformations of social and ecological spaces in the context of rural-urban interfaces. The purpose of the theme is to map old and new approaches to research on rural issues, rural-urban governance and socio-ecological relationships, and to find theoretical and analytical ways to move beyond traditional rural and rural-urban perspectives.
The School welcomes participants from different disciplines, with an orientation to rural issues, for instances in sociology, anthropology, history, geography, political studies, agricultural policy, or economics.
The summer school is open to 20 PhD students at any stage of their PhD studies. The School is oriented especially to studies of European countryside. In the selection process, the priority is given to students affiliated with some European university.
The summer school requires an application in the form of an abstract (300-500 words; 1,5 space),along with the application form, submitted to the organizers by March 15th 2012. The abstract and the application form can be sent from
Short recommendation by the supervisor (optional) can be emailed to
Full-board and accommodation will be offered during the school for the participants. The students have to cover their own travel costs.
Read more about the Summer School at

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