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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

Spring Newsletter Now Available!

The spring 2013 issue of Appalink is now available online. Check it out by clicking here. >> Read more

ASA Video

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 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.

2018 Preliminary Call for Participation

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

Georgia Mountain Story Telling Festival
Young Harris College
“Claim Your Voice”

The third annual Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival will be held on the campus of Young Harris College, March 31- April1, 2017. Advance tickets may be purchased through February 25, 2017. Please click here for additional details.

Brochure | Poster

Applications for the 2017 NEH Summer Institute for Teachers, Voices from the Misty Mountains, Now Being Accepted

The National Endowment for the Humanities and Shepherd University announce the application call for the 2017 NEH Summer Institute Voices from the Misty Mountains, Appalachian Writers and Mountain Culture. Any public school teacher or educator is invited to apply before the March 1, 2017 deadline. For application details, see the Misty Mountains website at Questions should be directed to Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt at

2017 Preliminary Program

The preliminary program is now available for the upcoming 2017 conference in Blacksburg, Virginia, March 9-12, 2017. The schedule of sessions will be posted to this page soon. We will send a notification by email once it is available.

All conference presenters and attendees must register and pay the conference registration fee.

Ride/room sharing message board

Those attending the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia can now visit the ride/room sharing message board to coordinate with others for carpooling or shared lodging.

Scholarship applications now being accepted

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 9, 2017. For more information or to apply, fill out the 2017 Conference Scholarship Application Form.

Proposal deadline extended

The deadline for the 2017 conference has been extended to Friday, October 14, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.

Donations needed for 2017 Silent Auction

Tax-deductible donations are being coordinated for the Howard Dorgan Silent Auction to be held at the 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference in Blacksburg, VA. For more information, click here to view the flyer or e-mail

Y'ALL 2016 Newsletter

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

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