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The Appalachian Studies Association was formed in 1977 by a group of scholars, teachers, and regional activists who believed that shared community has been and will continue to be important to those writing, researching, and teaching about Appalachia.

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38th ASA Annual Conference

Many Mountains, Many Musics

March 27-29, 2015

East Tennessee State University,
Johnson City, Tennessee

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38th Annual ASA Conference

Many Mountains, Many Musics
March 27-29, 2015

East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee

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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

ASA Video

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

Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

The Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, which provides $4,000 to support research related to gender, race, and/or ethnicity in Appalachia, is awarded annually. Members of the Appalachian Studies Association who have earned a doctoral degree from an accredited institution within the past seven years are eligible to apply. Please send applications to Linda Spatig, Wilma Dykeman Committee chair, spatig@marshall.edu, by December 31, 2014. Award winners will be announced at the spring 2015 ASA conference. For more information about the award and details on the application process, please visit the awards page.

Book and Media Review Editors wanted

The editorial staff and the editorial board of the Journal of Appalachian Studies are seeking to fill two editorial roles: 1) Book Review Editor and 2) Media Review Editor.

1) 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 of Appalachian Studies.

2) The Media Review Editor will be expected to coordinate reviews of films, sound recordings, museum exhibits, and non-book print media productions and to coordinate the writing and editing of commissioned reviews for publication in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Both review editors will be expected to work collaboratively with other journal editors and the production staff at University of Illinois Press. Organizational skills, reliability, and the capacity to meet deadlines are important qualifications for these positions.

Qualified persons willing to serve in either of these two positions are encouraged to apply. Applications should include a letter of application identifying which position for which you are applying, a curriculum vita, and two letters of recommendation. Please send applications by August 8, 2014, to Christopher Leadingham, Assistant Managing Editor of the Journal of Appalachian Studies by mail to Appalachian Studies Association, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755 or by email to asa@marshall.edu.

Radford University Petition

We have started a petition drive concerning the unannounced expulsion of Radford University's Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, staff, and materials from their offices. Please help us ask Radford University President Penny Kyle and Provost Sam Minner to reinstate RU's Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center to proper facilities with accord. Please sign at http://chn.ge/185S4Pl.