ASA Home
About ASA
Online Community

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.

Join ASA

38th ASA Annual Conference

Many Mountains, Many Musics

March 27-29, 2015

East Tennessee State University,
Johnson City, Tennessee

Learn more


Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

38th Annual ASA Conference

Many Mountains, Many Musics
March 27-29, 2015

East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, Tennessee

>> Read more

>> Register for preconference project & tours (new!)

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

Preconference Tour Deadline

Registration for the preconference tours has now closed. Those who have signed up can still find all the details about the activities here.

Full Conference Schedule

The 2015 full conference schedule is now available at

Proposed ASA Bylaw Changes

Please review proposed bylaw changes before the annual ASA Membership Forum &Business Meeting on March 28, 2015, 11 – 12 p.m. in the D.P. Culp Center, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee.

2015 Preliminary Program now available

The preliminary program for the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, Many Mountains, Many Musics, is now available for download on the conference page.

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:, or

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!

Call for Papers for a Journal of Appalachian Studies Forum On Economic Development in Appalachia

The Journal of Appalachian Studies announces a special two-year forum on sustainable economic development in Appalachia, starting with the journal’s Spring 2016 (Vol 22, No 1) issue and ending with the Fall 2017 (Vol 23, No 2) issue.

We invite the submission of manuscripts dealing with practices relevant to sustainable economic development in Appalachian communities. We will consider a wide-range of scholarship from a variety of disciplines and applied fields. Manuscripts focusing on economic development theory, empirical and/or applied research, or narrative essays on development issues will be welcome. We also seek research, which compares Appalachia to other regions in the world.

Scholars are encouraged to submit papers addressing, but not limited to, the following topics:

Tourism and developmentSocial capital, trust, politics, and development
InfrastructureBroadband and technology
Education, labor, capital, and developmentFunding community and economic development
EntrepreneurshipPlace-based development
Local food movementsDowntown development
Local currencyLand ownership
Environmental capital and sustainable developmentGender and development
Taxes and developmentThe creative class in Appalachia
Vision-buildingPublic participation methods
Health care and its effects on developmentGlobalization
The CommonsPrivatization and neoliberalism
Cooperatives, non-profits, employee-owned businessCredit, access to capital
Out- and in-migration and developmentSocial change, policy and movements

The deadline for manuscripts to be considered for publication for the Spring 2016 issue is July 1, 2015. The deadline for the Fall 2016 issue is February 1, 2016; the Spring 2017 deadline is July 1, 2016; and the Fall 2017 issue deadline is February 1, 2017.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JAS online manuscript submission portal. This secure, personalized resource will allow you to track your manuscript through each step of the review and acceptance process. To get started, and view manuscript submission guidelines, visit the Journal's submissions page. Questions about the forum and/or the review process should be directed to the Journal’s Editor, Shaunna Scott, at or to the Forum’s Special Editor, Will Hatcher, at

Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

The Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, which provides $4,000 to support research related to gender, race, and/or ethnicity in Appalachia, is awarded annually. Members of the Appalachian Studies Association who have earned a doctoral degree from an accredited institution within the past seven years are eligible to apply. Please send applications to Linda Spatig, Wilma Dykeman Committee chair,, by December 31, 2014. Award winners will be announced at the spring 2015 ASA conference. For more information about the award and details on the application process, please visit the awards page.

JAS Announces New Book and Media Review Editors!

On behalf of the Journal of Appalachian Studies editorial board, I am pleased to announce that Chris Miller and Kathryn Santiago will be joining the editorial staff as Media Review and Book Review Editors, respectively.

Chris, our new Media Review Editor, is an Assistant Professor and Archivist at Radford University. He has Masters degrees in Information Resources and Library Science, Music, and Southeast Asian Studies, and has completed much of the doctoral level coursework required for a PhD in Media Arts and Sciences. He brings valuable editorial experience to JAS, having served as the managing editor of the Journal of Burma Studies. Chris' research program compares the performing arts in Southeast Asian and Appalachian mountain communities.

Kathryn also brings impressive editorial experience to her position as Book Review Editor, having served as an editorial assistant for Collaborative Anthropologies, an editor of an anthology entitled Constellations, and a copy editor and proofreader for a collection of essays entitled Hank Keeling: A Life in Art. Kathryn earned an MA in Humanities (focusing on Literary and Cultural Studies) and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Appalachian Studies. She is a West Virginia native and is a Graduate Admissions counselor at Marshall University.

Shaunna L. Scott, PhD
Editor, Journal of Appalachian Studies
(859) 257-6882

Radford University Petition

We have started a petition drive concerning the unannounced expulsion of Radford University's Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center, staff, and materials from their offices. Please help us ask Radford University President Penny Kyle and Provost Sam Minner to reinstate RU's Appalachian Regional and Rural Studies Center to proper facilities with accord. Please sign at