Proposals sought for Appalachian Studies Association conference in March

The Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) is currently accepting proposals for its 2014 Annual Conference which will be hosted by Marshall University in Huntington March 28-30, 2014. Deadline for proposals is Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The interdisciplinary conference will explore and honor traditions of Appalachia while at the same time make appraisals of present-day Appalachia.  It will feature dozens of interactive sessions and workshops, as well as several networking opportunities for Appalachian scholars, activists and artists.

Proposal types include individual scholarly papers by single or multiple authors, panel or group presentations, poster presentations, facilitated discussions, workshops and performance pieces including music, visual art, film, theater, readings of original works related to Appalachia and new “Un-Conference sessions” which allow peer to-peer learning in a semi-structured setting.

All proposals must be submitted online using Marshall Digital Scholar on the Appalachian Studies Association’s website. Late and incomplete proposals cannot be considered or accepted. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via e-mail to all authors by November 30

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Session proposals should stimulate and provoke discussion on the conference’s overall theme, “New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities,” which is inspired by Silas House’s play, “This is My Heart for You.” The play explores hate crimes against gay, interracial and lesbian couples in eastern Kentucky during 2011’s “summer of hate.”

Proposals should include a brief biographical sketch of each participant, and an abstract of no more than 250 words with a brief summary statement. Individual presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, while sessions will be organized in 75-minute thematic blocks. The Appalachian Studies Association is especially interested in proposals that feature newcomers as well as seasoned “Appalachianophiles.”

All presenters must register for the conference and pay for registration, which covers membership for one year in the association and includes the Journal of Appalachian Studies. Early registration is $130 for general registration and $80 for student registration.

A limited number of general scholarships will be available starting Dec. 3, and there is a scholarship fund designated specifically for Marshall University student presenters.

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.

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