April 7, 2021 at 9:09 am

Rural Women’s Studies Association 14th Triennial Virtual Conference is one month away 

Newsletter of the Rural Women’s Studies Association


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The RWSA is an international organization and welcomes scholars from diverse fields as well as rural organizations and communities.  Join us as we share knowledge about rural women, food, and other issues on the table: activism, feminism, social justice, mental health, innovation, community development, and cultural expression, — both historical and contemporary — locally and globally.

Over 140 scholars from 13 different countries are presenting their research on the theme of “Kitchen Table Talk to Global Forum.” Many of the sessions are historical in nature exploring topics from culinary history to social justice, and there is much to appeal to the non-historian too.  Keynote speaker Dr. Kim Anderson is presenting on Indigenous “Kitchen Table Methodologies” and the work coming out of her Kitchen Table research lab.  Several plenary sessions are organized.  We kick off the week with the plenary cookbook launch:  Sampling Rural Cooking: A Taste of Backstories: The Kitchen Table Talk Cookbook.  Several contributors will provide a taste of the rich content of this cookbook which features our members’ heirloom recipes, storytelling, and scholarly content.  In a special plenary session, panelists and the audience will discuss how COVID-19 has affected rural women.  Another plenary session addresses, “Mentorship and Development Networks for Rural Women and Researchers,” with panelists from academic and non-academic backgrounds providing advice on finding a mentor or organizing a mentorship program.

Performances include theatre artist Taylor Graham whose students are presenting excerpts depicting rural women from the popular play The Farm Show, and music therapist Mary Parkinson who shares her music and shows how music therapy supports the needs of rural communities.

In addition, an Expo Hall features twenty exhibits.  Some of these feature culinary collections, rural organizations, farm yoga, mini documentaries, and diaries by rural women, and others provide some fun break activities such as line dancing.  A Scavenger Hunt Bingo will encourage the adventurous to visit all the various activities the hosting platform provides, including its sessions, main stage, expo hall, networking, and one-on-one video calls.

For more information visit the Conference Website:

There you will find the full program and registration portal.  An Attendee Guide will soon be uploaded that will assist you in creating an account and logging into the conference platform “Hopin”; testing you technology’s readiness; navigating Hopin; and networking.  More information will be added to the website as it becomes available.

Registration Pkg and Price

Full conference registration includes access to all conference sessions, plenaries, keynotes, the RWSA business meeting, opening reception, The Farm Show, expo, networking, and a free copy of the e-version of the RWSA cookbook.  Full conference $87.00 + HST= $98.31 Canadian dollars

Single-day options include access to all conference sessions, plenaries, keynotes and events on that day, a free copy of the e-version of the RWSA cookbook, and expo and networking for the whole week.

One Day $35 +HST= $39.55 Canadian dollars

Note: PRESENTERS AND CHAIRS need to register. They will receive separate instructions via email this month and will be invited to a live training session held during 3-5 May.

THE RWSA BUSINESS MEETING will be held at the conference, Thursday 13 May, 12:00-2:00pm

Notice of Election for RWSA Officers at the Business Meeting

If you are interested in being nominated or renominated for any of the following positions, please contact Cathy Wilson by 23 April 2021 ( The list of current officers is available at




International Membership and Communication Coordinators

Emerging Professional and Graduate Student Coordinators

Web Master

Social Media Coordinators

Newsletter Editors



A warm thank you goes out to all of you who are presenting, chairing, spreading the word, and planning on attending the conference. 

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