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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 Appalachian Studies Conference

Many Mountains, Many Musics

March 27-29, 2015
East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

The 2015 ASA Conference will be held at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, a public university of approximately 15,000 students. The conference will take place at two primary locations on the ETSU campus. The D. P. Culp University Center will serve as the central hospitality location, where registration, silent auction, exhibits, breaks, the Many Mountains Plenary, and the Many Musics Concert will take place. The Culp Center also houses dining facilities and a Starbucks. Concurrent sessions will take place in Rogers-Stout Hall, which is fully equipped with smart classrooms. Click here for maps and directions.

The theme of this year’s conference ― MANY MOUNTAINS, MANY MUSICS ― challenges you to view Appalachia from a fresh perspective and discover its emergence as a creative, dynamic force.

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Margo Miller, executive director of the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF). ACF is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and provides (as their website explains) “resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia).”

Showing how central Appalachians engage in social, economic, racial and environmental justice, Miller will tell a story of community empowerment and transformation by lifting up the successful work of ACF grantees and talk about the ACF’s role in helping build the capacity of grassroots organizations in the region for the past 28 years.

In keeping with the theme, the MANY MOUNTAINS PLENARY will bring together a noteworthy panel to discuss “Opportunity & Enterprise in Appalachia.” Also scheduled is a MANY MOUNTAINS ROAN HIGHLANDS HIKE along with group tours that include the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Click here to register for these preconference activities.

The Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at ETSU will sponsor RICKY SKAGGS AND KENTUCKY THUNDER in concert. Deeply rooted in tradition but with an innovative edge, this MANY MUSICS performance will embody the best of Appalachia. The photography of Ricky Skaggs will also be on exhibit at the Reece Museum on the ETSU campus. ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies Program will provide music throughout the conference and will be featured in the MANY MUSICS: BISCUITS, BLUEGRASS, AND GOSPEL HOUR.

As in the past, a key component of this year’s conference will be the concurrent sessions. There will be ten concurrent sessions dedicated to the rich diversity of Appalachia’s many mountains, many musics. Your participation is most welcome. PROPOSALS MAY BE SUBMITTED ON THE ASA WEBSITE BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 1 AND OCTOBER 17, 2014. For further information, please see the 2015 Call for Participation above.

2015 Conference Registration
You may register for the 2015 Appalachian Studies conference by visiting our secure online payment system via the University of Illinois Press or by completing the registration form and mailing along with payment to:

Journals Division
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Please make checks payable to the Appalachian Studies Association. Do not email credit card orders.


Full conference schedule

Ride/room sharing message board

The scholarship application form is now closed.

2015 Preliminary Program
PDF (5.9M)

Accomodations and Lodging
PDF (88K) | DOCX (25K)

2015 Call for Participation
PDF (929K) | DOCX (220K)

ASA Submission Portal
Submissions will be accepted between Sept. 1 and Oct. 17.

2015 Preconference Activities
The 2015 ASA Conference will be preceded by the Many Mountains Roan Highlands Hike on March 26 and several exciting tours on March 27. Registration for these activities has now closed. More information about these activities can be found here.

Update: Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that Margo Miller, executive director of the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is this year’s keynote speaker. Senator Lamar Alexander was unable to deliver the keynote address this year due to legislative commitments. ACF is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and provides (as their website explains) “resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia).”

Showing how central Appalachians engage in social, economic, racial and environmental justice, Miller will tell a story of community empowerment and transformation by lifting up the successful work of ACF grantees and talk about the ACF’s role in helping build the capacity of grassroots organizations in the region for the past 28 years.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder discount tickets for ASA Conference attendees
RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER tickets are on sale! ASA conference attendees receive a 20% discount off regular ticket prices through March 13th. To purchase tickets go to: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=d83dde110ca735c95647633f07cb2a2f, or www.etsu.edu/martin.

To receive your discount, enter “ASAConference” in the code field. Tickets may also be purchased through the ETSU box office at (423) 439-8587. If ordering by phone, please alert the box office staff in order to receive the discount. Discounts will not be available after March 13 or at the door of the show. This Many Musics Concert is on Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 pm in the Martha Street Culp Auditorium on the ETSU campus. Tickets are going fast, so order NOW!

Invitation to Advertisers,
Exhibitors, and Sponsors
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Registration Form for Advertisers,
Exhibitors, and Sponsors
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Past Conferences

2014 – Huntington, West Virginia
Marshall University
March 28-30
New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities

2013 – Boone, North Carolina
Appalachian State University
March 22-24
Communities in Action, Landscapes in Change

2012 – Indiana, Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
March 23-25
The Wide Reach of Appalachia

Other past conferences