40th Annual ASA Conference
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
2017 Preliminary Program
The preliminary program is now available for the upcoming 2017 conference in Blacksburg, Virginia, March 9-12, 2017. The schedule of sessions will be posted to this page soon. We will send a notification by email once it is available.
All conference presenters and attendees must register and pay the conference registration fee.
Ride/room sharing message board
Those attending the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia can now visit the ride/room sharing message board to coordinate with others for carpooling or shared lodging.
Scholarship applications now being accepted
The ASA provides scholarships to those unable to attend the annual conference because of financial reasons. We truly love funding people. It is part of our mission. In the past we have been able to fund most of those who have requested a scholarship. Our funds are limited so we continue to prioritize our scholarships according to those with the most need. This year, we envision the same process.
The deadline to apply is February 9, 2017. For more information or to apply, fill out the 2017 Conference Scholarship Application Form.
Proposal deadline extended
The deadline for the 2017 conference has been extended to Friday, October 14, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.
Donations needed for 2017 Silent Auction
Tax-deductible donations are being coordinated for the Howard Dorgan Silent Auction to be held at the 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Blacksburg, VA. For more information, click here to view the flyer or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Y'ALL 2016 Newsletter
The Y'ALL Committee's Summer 2016 newsletter is now available.
Proposals Now Being Accepted!
Proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 Appalachian Studies Conference. Proposals may be submitted online via Marshall Digital Scholar from August 22 through
October 7, 2016 October 14, 2016. Late and incomplete proposals will not be considered. Submitters will be notified in November regarding the status of their submissions. All presenters must pay the registration fee. Please see the 2017 Call for Participation for additional details.
UK Special Collections Research Center announces digitized Appalachian Collection
The University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center successfully completed a NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources digitization grant, resulting in online access to 132 cubic feet from the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection.
The materials focus on 189 years of economic development in the Eastern Kentucky coalfield from 1788 to 1976. The ten individual collections document the search for, extraction of, and distribution of coal, oil, and natural gas resources in Breathitt, Boyd, Clark, Floyd, Harlan, Lawrence, Letcher, Perry, and Powell counties; the creation of railroads to bring these raw materials to industrial manufacturers and electrical power generators across the United States; and the company towns, their services, and the individual lives that grew up to sustain and make possible this economic development.
These collections include the Benham Coal Company records, Wheelwright collection, Sherrill Martin collection, Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company and Lexington and Eastern Railway Company records, and the Kentucky Union Land Company records. Additional details on the project and other Appalachian-related collections at UK SCRC can be found on the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection page.
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.
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