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41st ASA Annual Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders

April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel,
Cincinnati, Ohio

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41st Annual ASA Conference

Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders
April 5-8, 2018

Millennium Hotel
Cincinnati, Ohio

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


Catch up on the latest news in our Newsletter

Read the latest issue of Appalink now available online. Check it out by clicking here. >> Read more

ASA Video

2017 Conference Plenary - Extreme Appalachia: Rage and Renewal

Part 1:

Part 2:

2014 Conference

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

2018 Conference proposals

Notifications for conference proposals for the 2018 Conference have now been sent out. If you submitted a proposal and have not received a notification, please contact Mary Thomas at

Wilma Dykeman "Faces of Appalachia" Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

The Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, which now provides $3,000 to support research related to gender, race, and/or ethnicity in Appalachia, is accepting proposals. The research will be conducted during the 2018-2019 academic year and presented at the 2019 conference at your own expense. 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. The deadline for all materials is December 31, 2017. Click here to learn more about the fellowship, or contact Mary Thomas for further information at

2018 Scholarship form now available

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 23, 2018.

Click here to fill out the 2018 Conference Scholarship Application Form.

Appalachian Studies Association 2017 Conference Award Winners

The Cratis D. Williams/James S. Brown Service Award (2017)
Jo B. Brown

Weatherford Awards (2016)
Non-Fiction: Reconstruction’s Ragged Edge by Steven E. Nash
Fiction: The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson
Poetry: Believe What You Can by Marc Harshman

The Helen M. Lewis Community Service Award (2016)
Mary Kay Thomas

The Jack Spadaro Documentary Award (2016)
Blood on the Mountain, directed by Jordan Freeman and Mari-Lynn C. Evans

The Carl A. Ross Student Paper Award (2017)
Dana Schlanger

Stephen L. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching (2016)
Post-Secondary: Alan Banks
Post-Secondary: Dwight B. Billings

The e-Appalachia Award (2016)
Inside Appalachia, awarded to producers Roxy Todd and Jessica Lilly

Gates-Carawan Artist Award
No award presented for 2017

Wilma Dykeman Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
Not enough financial support to award for 2017

Journal of Appalachian Studies Seeks Media Review Editor

The editorial staff and board of the Journal of Appalachian Studies are continuing to accept applications for the position of Media Review Editor. This is a service position, without compensation.

The Media Review Editor does not write submissions for the journal, but instead will be expected to coordinate with authors for reviews of films, sound recordings, museum exhibits, and non-book print media productions, and to organize the writing and editing of commissioned reviews for publication in the journal. Additionally, the editor will need to work collaboratively with other journal editors and should plan to submit four to five reviews per issue of the journal. Organizational skills, reliability, and the capacity to meet deadlines are important qualifications for this position. Journal production deadlines are December 15 and May 1 for the spring and fall issues of the journal, respectively.

Application materials should be sent to Christopher Leadingham, assistant editor, at [cc:] by October 23, 2017.

Applications must include: (1) a letter of interest outlining relevant experience and qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; and, (3) two letters of recommendation.

Deadline for proposals extended

For our 2018 conference to be held in Cincinnati, we are hoping to draw on the diverse voices and experiences of artists, youth, educators, researchers, workers and business owners, health care providers, and grass roots movers and shakers to share creative expression, important historical insights, useful data and studies, richly textured ideas, inventive plans, and workable solutions that will strengthen our connections and foster mutual support.

Get your proposals in to join us and share your voice! We have extended the deadline to October 16, 2017.

You can submit your proposals at:

2018 Call for Participation and Conference Submissions Portal

The 2018 Call for Participation is now available for the upcoming 41st Annual ASA Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 5 – 8, 2018 at the Millennium Hotel. The proposal submission form is now open and may be submitted via Marshall Digital Scholar. The deadline for proposals has been extended to October 16, 2017.

2018 Preliminary Call for Participation

The 2018 Preliminary Call for Particpation for the 41st Annual ASA Conference is now available.

Y'ALL 2016 Newsletter

The Y'ALL Committee's Summer 2016 newsletter is now available.

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