40th Annual ASA Conference
March 9-12, 2017
Research in Action
Submit to the Journal of Appalachian Studies
The Journal is always accepting manuscript submissions for consideration. The JAS welcomes any serious scholarship on Appalachia, the region, or its people. Anyone interested in submitting should refer to the submission guidelines and requirements. >> Read more
ASA in Classroom
Updated K-12 Educational Resources
Bring the study of Appalachian topics and perspectives into your K-12 Classroom with our updated list of resources. >> More
Volunteer with the ASA
The ASA needs you! Why? Because the ASA depends on volunteers who donate their time and effort to run the organization, publish the JAS, and plan the annual conference. Check out our ASA Volunteer Form to see how you can help! >> Read more
Spring Newsletter Now Available!
The spring 2013 issue of Appalink is now available online. Check it out by clicking here. >> Read more
In case you missed the Thirty-Seventh Annual ASA Conference in Huntington, WV, March 28-30, 2014, live stream video of the keynote address and two of the plenaries are available at the links below.
Keynote Address: “Our Secret Places in the Waiting World: Becoming a New Appalachia” by Silas House
Plenary I: “Me? An Appalachian Stereotype? I Thought my Stories Worked Against That” by Adam Booth and Rebecca Hill
Plenary II: “Appalachian Women, A Herstory of Oppression and Resistance” by Sue Massek
News and Announcements
Journal of Appalachian Studies Seeks Book Review Editor
The Journal of Appalachian Studies is now accepting applications for the position of Book Review Editor. The Book Review Editor will be expected to identify suitable reviewers for a wide range of recently published books in Appalachian studies, and to coordinate the writing and editing of commissioned reviews for publication in the journal.
The Journal of Appalachian Studies is published twice per year by the University of Illinois Press on behalf of the Appalachian Studies Association. Reviews for inclusion in the spring and fall issues of JAS are due to the assistant managing editor on December 15 and May 1, respectively. The review editor should plan to submit five reviews per issue of the journal.
The Book Review Editor will work collaboratively with other JAS editors to ensure that word count and content requirements are observed, and that deadlines are met. Qualified persons willing to serve in this position are encouraged to apply. Prior experience preferred. Applications should include a letter of interest outlining relevant experience and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation.
Please send application materials to Christopher Leadingham, assistant managing editor, by mail to Appalachian Studies Association, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755. Applications may also be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
Application materials must be postmarked by May 15, 2016.
Inside Appalachia at ASA's 39th annual conference
The Appalachian Studies Conference at Shepherd University began with a day of panel discussions, readings, and a keynote talk by Affrilachian poet, Frank X Walker. Walker is the author of four poetry collections and is a 2005 recipient of the Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry, Walker serves as Writer in Residence and lecturer of English at Northern Kentucky University and is the editor and publisher of PLUCK!, the new Journal of Affrilachian Art & Culture.
Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach spoke at the 2016 Appalachian Studies Association Conference at Shepherd University. The performance was hosted by storyteller Adam Booth.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Final program addendum
Please see the final changes to the Appalachian Studies Conference program here. These are changes that were made too late to be included in the final, printed program. You will be able to pick that up at registration in Scarborough Library. Please note that the addendum you receive on site will include locations.
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NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers
Shepherd University’s Appalachian Studies Program will host the State’s second NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers, again partnering with the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) to bring the public school teachers from across the country to the Eastern Panhandle to study Appalachian culture, literature, art and music, and enjoy the Contemporary American Theater Festival.
Guest artists will be featured in the seminar, among them novelist and playwright Silas House, poet and activist Frank X Walker, and storyteller and award-winning “liar” Adam Booth. Contemporary American Theater Director Ed Herendeen will also take part in the seminar, and participants will enjoy CATF theater tickets, special programs, workshops, and lectures that will bring the contemporary theatrical arts into the study of Appalachian literature and culture.
Performing Arts Director at Shepherd University Rachael Meads will host musical and cultural events for the seminar participants, and 2006 WV Professor of the Year Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt will serve as principal discussion leader and seminar director. Participants will study the literary art of Lee Smith, Denise Giardina, Fred Chappell, Ron Rash, and Nikki Giovanni, as well as the work of House and Walker.
In addition to theater and literary events on the Shepherd University campus, NEH Summer Seminar participants will have access to musical events and a “road trip” around the region to visit places discussed in the seminar.
Any public or private school teacher or graduate student considering public school teaching may apply for the seminar. Application information can be found at the Misty Mountains website at shepherd.edu/neh. The deadline for application is March 1, 2016. Seminar participants and alternates will be notified in early April. Participants will be on the Shepherd campus from July 10 through 30, 2016, for the series of events and seminar discussions. For questions about the seminar, contact Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt at SShurbut@shepherd.edu.