Previous Congresses

2019
The XVIII Congress was held in Trondheim, Norway. The theme was ‘Rural Futures in a Complex World’.

2017
The XVII ESRS Congress was held in Krakow, Poland. The theme was ‘Uneven Processes of Rural Change: on Diversity, Knowledge and Justice’.

2015
The XVI ESRS Congress was held in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. The theme was ‘Places of possibility? Rural Societies in Neo-Liberal World’.

2013
The XXV ESRS Congress was held in Florence, Italy. The theme was ‘Rural resilience and vulnerability: The rural as locus of solidarity and conflict in time of crisis’.

2011
The XXIV ESRS Congress was held in Chania, Greece. The theme was ‘Inequality and diversity in European rural areas’.
Transformational Tourism, Nature and Wellbeing: New Perspectives on Fitness and the Body, Little, J. (2012), Sociologia Ruralis, 52: 257–271. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2012.00566.x
Class, Power and Inequality in Rural Areas: Beyond Social Exclusion?, Shucksmith, M. (2012), Sociologia Ruralis, 52: 377–397. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2012.00570.x
Multidimensional Social Exclusion and the ‘Rural-Urban Divide’ in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Spoor, M. (2013), Sociologia Ruralis, 53: 139–157. doi: 10.1111/soru.12008

2009
The XIII ESRS Congress was held in Vaasa, Finland. The theme of the Congress was ‘Reinventing the Rural’.
Enacting Rural Sociology: Or what are the Creativity Claims of the Engaged Sciences?, Lowe, P. (2010), Sociologia Ruralis, 50: 311–330. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2010.00522.x
Can Fairy Tales Come True? The Surprising Story of Neoliberalism and World Agriculture, Busch, L. (2010), Sociologia Ruralis, 50: 331–351. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2010.00511.x

2007
The XXII ESRS Congress was held in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The theme of the Congress was ‘ Mobility, Vulnerability and Sustainability’.
Mobilities, Vulnerabilities and Sustainabilities: Exploring Pathways from Denial to Sustainable Rural Development, Marsden, T. (2009), Sociologia Ruralis, 49: 113–131. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2009.00479.x

2005
The XXI ESRS Congress was held in Keszthely, Hungary. The theme was ”A common European countryside’: Change and continuity, diversity and cohesion in an enlarged Europe’.
Chapter 9 (entitled ‘Empire Food and Farming: Synthesis’) of Jan Douwe van der Ploeg’s book ‘The New Peasantries: struggles for autonomy and sustainability in an era of empire and globalisation’ (Earthscan, 2008) draws strongly upon his Keynote, delivered at the ESRS Keszthely Congress

2003
The XX ESRS Congress was held in Sligo, Ireland. The theme was ‘Work; Leisure and Development’.
Biodynamic Farmers in Ireland. Transforming Society Through Purity, Solitude and Bearing Witness?, McMahon, N. (2005), Sociologia Ruralis, 45: 98–114. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2005.00293.x
The Project Class in Central Europe: The Czech and Hungarian Cases, Kovách, I. and Kučerová, E. (2006), Sociologia Ruralis, 46: 3–21. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.2006.00403.x

2001
The XIX ESRS Congress was held in Dijon, France
Nature — Society — Rurality: Making Critical Connections, Milbourne, P. (2003), Sociologia Ruralis, 43: 193–195. doi: 10.1111/1467-9523.00240
Theorising Nature and Society in Sociology: The Invisibility of Animals, Tovey, H. (2003), Sociologia Ruralis, 43: 196–215. doi: 10.1111/1467-9523.00241
A Wolf at the Gate: The Anti-Carnivore Alliance and the Symbolic Construction of Community, Skogen, K. and Krange, O. (2003), Sociologia Ruralis, 43: 309–325. doi: 10.1111/1467-9523.00247

1999
The XVIII Congress of the ESRS was held in Lund, Sweden. The theme was: “How to be rural in late modernity”.
Introduction, Granberg, L. (1999), Sociologia Ruralis, 39: 277–279. doi: 10.1111/1467-9523.00107
Born to be Farmers? Changing Expectations in Norwegian Farmers’ Life Courses, Villa, M. (1999), Sociologia Ruralis, 39: 328–342. doi: 10.1111/1467-9523.00111
Tradition and Innovation in Coastal Finland: The Transformation of the Archipelago Sea Region, Andersson, K. and Eklund, E. (1999), Sociologia Ruralis, 39: 377–393. doi: 10.1111/1467-9523.00114

1997
The XVII ESRS Congress was held in Chania, Greece. The theme was ‘Local responses to global integration’.
Rural Greece: Fragile Structures and rural Realities: Introduction, Kasimis, C. and Louloudis, L. (1997), Sociologia Ruralis, 37: 187–189. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1997.tb00044.x
The Ongoing Quest for a Model of Greek Agriculture, Damianakos, S. (1997), Sociologia Ruralis, 37: 190–208. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1997.tb00045.x
Greece and the Enlargement of the European Union, Damianos, D. and Hassapoyannes, K. (1997), Sociologia Ruralis, 37: 302–312. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1997.tb00052.x

1995
The XVI ESRS Congress was held in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The theme was ‘From production to sustainable rural development’.
Guest Editorial, Otterstad, O. and Symes, D. (1996), Sociologia Ruralis, 36: 145–146. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1996.tb00010.x
Sustainable Development in Fisheries: Illusion or Emerging Reality?, Otterstad, O. (1996), Sociologia Ruralis, 36: 163–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1996.tb00013.x

1993
The XV Congress of the ESRS was held in Wageningen, Netherlands.
Editorial, Anon (1992), Sociologia Ruralis, 32: 192. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1992.tb00927.x
Agriculture, the State and Rural Society in Europe: Trends and Issues, Symes, D. (1992), Sociologia Ruralis, 32: 193–208. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1992.tb00928.x
Exploring a Rural Sociology for the Fordist Transition, Marsden, T. (1992), Sociologia Ruralis, 32: 209–230. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1992.tb00929.x

1990
The XIV ESRS Congress, held at Giessen, Germany. The theme was ‘Models and systems for a rural future’
Editorial, Pongratz, H. (1990), Sociologia Ruralis, 30: 1–4. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1990.tb00394.x
Models and Means for a Rural Future, Gasson, R. (1991), Sociologia Ruralis, 31: 3–8. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1991.tb00974.x
The Empirical Dimension of Multiple Job-Holding Agriculture in Greece, Damianos, D., Demoussis, M. and Kasimis, C. (1991), Sociologia Ruralis, 31: 37–47. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1991.tb00978.x

1986
The XIII ESRS Congress was held in Braga, Portugal, The theme was ‘Survival strategies in rural society’.
Survival Strategies in Rural Europe: Continuity and Change, Redclift, M. (1986), Sociologia Ruralis, 26: 218–227. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1986.tb00784.x
Part Time Farming: Strategy for Survival?, Gasson, R. (1986), Sociologia Ruralis, 26: 364–376. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1986.tb00792.x

1983
The XII Congress of the ESRS was held in Budapest, Hungary. The theme was ‘Rural Development: Comparative perspectives’
Rural Development: Comparative Perspectives: A Position Paper, Long, N. (1983), Sociologia Ruralis, 23: 95–101. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1983.tb00735.x
“Rural Development: Comparative Perspectives”, Nooij, A. (1983), Sociologia Ruralis, 23: 199–203. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1983.tb00742.x

1981
The XI Congress of the ESRS was held in Helsinki, Finland. The theme was ‘How rural is our future’
Chairman’s Opening Address, Nooij, A. (1982), Sociologia Ruralis, 22: 95–98. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1982.tb01048.x
Reflections on the Rural Nature of Past and Future, Allardt, E. (1982), Sociologia Ruralis, 22: 99–107. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1982.tb01049.x

1979
The X ESRS Congress was held in Cordoba, Spain. The theme was ‘Economic growth and regional development’
Chairman’s Opening Address:“Economic Growth and Regional Development: Harmony and Disharmony in a Differentiation Process.”, E. Jones, G. (1980), Sociologia Ruralis, 20: 7–12. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1980.tb00694.x
The New “Awkward Class”: The Peasant-Worker in Poland, Kolankiewicz, G. (1980), Sociologia Ruralis, 20: 28–43. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1980.tb00696.x
Agricultural Structure and Rural Ecology: Toward a Political Economy of Rural Development, Buttel, F. H. (1980), Sociologia Ruralis, 20: 44–62. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1980.tb00697.x

1976
The IX Congress of the ESRS, held in Torum, Poland.
Introduction, Fuguitt, G. V. (1977), Sociologia Ruralis, 17: 5–6. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1977.tb00848.x
Agrotechnical Progress and Rural Development, Bodenstedt, A. A. (1977), Sociologia Ruralis, 17: 29–42. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1977.tb00850.x

1974
ESRS Conference, Reading, UK. Theme: Evolving Social Systems of Europe
Some Remarks on the Opening Up of Rural Social Systems, Munters, Q. J. (1975), Sociologia Ruralis, 15: 34–45. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1975.tb00161.x
The Current Status of Rural Sociology, Benvenuti, B., Galjart, B. and Newby, H. (1975), Sociologia Ruralis, 15: 3–21. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1975.tb00159.x

1973
The VIII ESRS Congress was held in Rome conjointly with the 1st World Congress of Rural Sociology
Papers of the 8. Congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology, Anon(1974), Sociologia Ruralis, 14: 121–122. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1974.tb01018.x
Capitalist Farmers in the British Class Structure, Bell, C. and Newby, H. (1974), Sociologia Ruralis, 14: 86–107. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1974.tb01015.x
Explorations into the Future of Agriculture in Western Europe, Jansen, A. J. (1974), Sociologia Ruralis, 14: 45–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1974.tb01012.x

1970
The VII ESRC Congress was held in Munster, Germany. Its theme was ‘’The Contribution of sociology to rural development and agricultural policy
Introduction, Grande, O. (1970), Sociologia Ruralis, 10: 295–304. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1970.tb00073.x
The Relations between Sociology and Policy: Some Remarks on their Present and Future State, Hofstee, E. W. (1970), Sociologia Ruralis, 10: 331–345. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1970.tb00077.x

1968
The VI ESRC Congress was held in Enschede, Netherlands. Its theme was ‘Development and Rural Social Structure’
Opening Address, Klompé, M. A. M. (1968), Sociologia Ruralis, 8: 233–238. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1968.tb00585.x
Development and Rural Social Structure, HOFSTEE, E. W. (1968), Sociologia Ruralis, 8: 240–255. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1968.tb00586.x

1966
The V ESRC Congress was held in Ireland. Its subject was ‘The Future of Rural Life’
Opening Speech Haughey, T.D., C. J. (1966), Sociologia Ruralis, 6: 215–221. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1966.tb00533.x
Culture and Society in the Countryside of the Future: Report of a Panel Discussion, Hofstee, the Netherlands (Chairman);, E. W., Siegens, FAO, G. St., Walsh, Ireland, T., Bracey, United Kingdom, H. E., Kötter, Federal Republic of Germany., H. and Cépède, France, M. (1966), Sociologia Ruralis, 6: 394–398. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1966.tb00547.x

1964
The IV Congress was held in Dijon, France. Its theme was ‘The impact of changes in agriculture on rural society’.
Opening Session: Aspects Majeurs Des Transformations En Agriculture, Cépède, M. (1964), Sociologia Ruralis, 4: 220–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1964.tb00463.x
Closing Session, Anon (1964), Sociologia Ruralis, 4: 453–462. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1964.tb00505.x

1962
The III Congress was held in St Wolfgang, Austria. Its theme was ‘Sociological problems in rural planning’
Problems of Planning and the Rural Sociologist, Groot, J. P. (1962), Sociologia Ruralis, 2: 178–186. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1962.tb00392.x

1960
The II Congress, was held in Oslo. Its subject was “Changes in Rural Social Organisation”
Rural Social Organisation Hofstee, E. W. (1960), Sociologia Ruralis, 1: 105–117. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9523.1960.tb00283.x

1958
The First Congress, was held in Brussels and Louvain with the theme of ‘Rural Migration’
Unfortunately, no papers survive from this initial Congress that took place two years before the Society’s journal ‘Sociologia Ruralis’ was launched.