March 16-19, 2023
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

46th Annual Conference

AppalachiaFest: From Surviving to Thriving

The 46th Annual ASA Conference will explore the theme "From Surviving to Thriving" by celebrating the many successes that have renewed the region in more recent times. Special sessions of the conference invite participants to explore progress that has been made in many areas such as healthcare, the economy, education, and the environment. Those living, studying, and working in Appalachia should ask themselves what more can be done in these areas and how do we engage community partners both inside and outside the region in this mission? How do we include everyone in the goal to make Appalachia a region that is celebrated nationwide? Come and explore these ideas together in Athens, Ohio at "AppalachiaFest" in 2023. 

Athens, Ohio

ASA comes to Athens, Ohio for the first time in its 46 year history to be held on the beautiful campus of Ohio University. Ohio University was founded in 1804 as the first University in the Northwest Territory and has a long history of serving students from both in and outside the Appalachian region. Enjoy the beautiful hills of Athens with its unique culture, local food and drink options, and many recreational opportunities. Ohio University is situated just a short walk to a variety of uptown restaurants and shops. 


The 2023 Program Committee invites proposals for panels, papers, posters, roundtables, performances, or workshops. Papers and posters should feature original unpublished work in progress. The full call for participation with details for online submission will go out September 1, 2022. Scholarships are available. 

The deadline for proposals has been extended to October 10, 2022, with the preliminary program announced by January 2023. 

Additional Conference Information

Register for the following special events here

  • Drag show

  • Field trips

  • Fun run

A Big Thank You to This Year's Sponsors! 

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