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Appalachian Studies Association

The mission of the Appalachian Studies Association is to promote and engage dialogue, research, scholarship, education, creative expression, and action among a diverse and inclusive group of scholars, educators, practitioners, grassroots activists, students, individuals, groups and institutions. Our mission is driven by our commitment to foster quality of life, democratic participation and appreciation of Appalachian experiences regionally, nationally and internationally.

The association continues to host the Annual Appalachian Studies Conference with a rotation pattern of northern, central, and then southern Appalachian locations. Attendance has grown to an average of 600-700 activists, academics, students, and exhibitors each year. The conference has expanded to include even more presentations and conference activities including student gatherings, readings, tours, and musical events. Plenary sessions take place before concurrent sessions so that participants can stay connected as they explore their specific interests.

The Journal of Appalachian Studies (JAS) is a refereed, multidisciplinary publication which seeks to provide a written forum for quality scholarship on Appalachian history, culture, and society. The official journal of the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA), the JAS is published twice per year by the University of Illinois Press.

Membership is now handled by the University of Illinois Press. Please visit our secure, online payment portal to join the ASA. Membership in the Association includes a subscription to the Journal of Appalachian Studies and access to the ASA newsletter (Appalink) and all conference mailings.