RWSA 2021 Virtual Conference final program

The program has been finalized for Rural Women’s Studies Association’s first-ever virtual conference! Register now for the conference, which will occur on the Hopin virtual platform May 11-15, 2021.

The deadline to register is Sunday, May 9th at midnight Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4).

Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance here, or scroll down to download the full program.

Full conference information available online.

Schedule at-a-Glance (All times are Eastern Daylight Time or UTC -4)

Tuesday, May 11

8:30-9:00am – Explore the Conference Platform on your own

9:00-9:45am – Welcome Session

BREAK – 10:00-10:30am

10:30am-12:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
1: Gender Structures in Livestock Breeding and Farm Management
2: Educating Mother: Political and Economic Education for Rural Women

12:00-2:00pm – SPECIAL EVENT – Launch of the RWSA Cookbook

2:00-3:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
3: Situated Solidarities: “Feeding the World” Mythology and Transnational Feminist Praxis, a roundtable discussion
4: Women and Cattle Production: From Midwestern Convents to the High Plains

BREAK – 3:30-4:00pm – Break Time: Meet Other Grad Students

4:00-5:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
5: Confronting Crisis in the Countryside: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Rural Environments
6: Can She Cook?

Wednesday, May 12

8:30-10:00am – Concurrent Sessions
7: Rural Women and 21st-century: Liminality, Exception, and Empowerment
8: Girlhood and Sisterhood from Rural to Global

BREAK – 10:00-10:30am – Break Time: Next Berkshire Conference

10:30am-12:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
9: Domestic Spaces: Preserving Rural Life
10: Cookbooks and Food Experts: A Taste of Backstories: The Kitchen Table Talk Cookbook

BREAK – 12:00-12:30pm

12:30-2:00pm – SPECIAL EVENT – Keynote Speaker: Kim Anderson

2:00-3:30pm – Concurrent Sessions
11: Dairying as an Occupational Identity for Women: From Farm to Factory in the Netherlands and Sweden
12: Tales & Tables: Foodways of Eastern Montana
13: Rural Women and Political Action in the 1970s and 1980s

BREAK – 3:30-4:00pm

4:00-5:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
14: Women, Foodways, and Power in Arkansas
15: Regional Foodways in the 19th Century

7:00-8:00pm – Session
16: Family Farms/Family Decisions

Thursday, May 13

8:30-10:00am – Concurrent Sessions
17: Nigerian Women and Mental Health
18: Recipes, Memory, and Identity

BREAK – 10:00-10:30am

10:30am-12:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
19: Rural Women Making and Breaking the Mold
20: Rural Women as Home Healers
21: The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Kitchen Table Talk from Appalachia


12:30-2:00pm – Launch of “What Canada Ate” exhibit & website, a Tribute to Anita Stewart

2:00-3:30pm – Concurrent Sessions
22: Politics Begin in the Kitchen
23: From Rural Hearth to Cookstove
24: Selling Produce, Navigating Markets

BREAK – 3:30-4:00pm – Break Time: Share Ideas about Publishing

Friday, May 14

8:30-10:00am – Concurrent Sessions
25: Rural Women’s Mental and Physical Health
26: Rural Women: Recipes and Remembering

BREAK – 10:00-10:30am – Break Time: Share Experiences with Online Teaching

10:30am-12:00pm – Concurrent Sessions
27: Food on the Rural Canadian Homefront
28: Food, Family, and Poverty in the US
29: A Daughter, a live play reading

12:00-2:00pm – SPECIAL EVENT – Collecting COVID Stories, a Roundtable

2:00-3:30pm – Concurrent Sessions
30: Passionate and Personal: ‘non-feminist” Rural Labour’s Broader Implications
31: Reading Between the Lines: Women, Literature, & the Kitchen Table in 20th-Century Rural and Prairie Canada

3:00-5:00pm – SPECIAL EVENT – Musical Performance by Mary Parkinson

Saturday, May 15
8:30-10:00am – Concurrent Sessions
32: What’s on the Table
33: Social Action and Identity Building

BREAK – 10:00-10:30am – Break Time: Grad Student Get-together

10:30am-12:00pm – SPECIAL EVENT: Mentorship & Development Networks for Rural Women & Researchers

12:00-2:00pm – SPECIAL EVENT – Farm Show

2:00-3:30pm – Concurrent Sessions
34: Leaders in Extension Service and Agricultural Journalism
35: Fellowship in the Digital Age: Rural Women, Community, and Social Media

BREAK – 3:30-4:00pm – Break Time: Sharing Ideas about the Next RWSA Conference

4:00-5:00pm – Social Hour

Download the full conference program here:

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