41st Annual Appalachian Studies Conference
Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders
April 5-8, 2018
Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio
The 41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference will be held outside the official borders of Appalachia for the first time in more than a decade. As we move beyond the third generation of Appalachians living in urban migrant centers, and cities within the region’s traditional boundaries continue to grow, what it means to be Appalachian is evolving to encompass these communities, as well as rural areas and small towns. We find common ground and purpose in shared geographic origins, values, and similar challenges to life and livelihood. Even as we emerge onto ever changing landscapes, our seams line up. How might we best work together, regardless of our location, to address the larger issues facing the region’s extended family and to develop the social, cultural, and economic resilience necessary for future generations to thrive?
For the first time in ASA history, a community organization, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition (UACC) will be the stand-alone host for the conference. The coalition is an outgrowth of the groundbreaking Urban Appalachian Council, a key nucleus for urban Appalachian services, research, and advocacy. Its members believe strongly that the Appalachian spirit can be a positive and powerful force in making progress toward individual and community health, transformation, and empowerment. UACC welcomes this partnership with ASA as they continue their long collaboration with Appalachian people to improve quality of life and foster research and creative expression related to regional identities and heritage.
It is thus only fitting that the 2018 ASA gathering will have community as its focus and will highlight in particular six essential themes key to Appalachians’ future: Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Sustainability, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Health, and Migration (please see the Preliminary Call for Participation for further explanations). We hope to draw on the diverse voices and experiences of artists, youth, educators, researchers, workers and business owners, health care providers, and grass roots movers and shakers to share creative expression, important historical insights, useful data and studies, richly textured ideas, inventive plans, and workable solutions that will strengthen our connections and foster mutual support.
The conference will be held in downtown Cincinnati at the Millennium Hotel, with activities taking place at various locations within walking distance or accessed by streetcar. Downtown Cincinnati is experiencing a Renaissance with a lively cultural and entertainment scene. Conference participants will have the opportunity to explore the ever-evolving story of Appalachian peoples in the area, as well as experience world-class museums and theater, electric nightlife, thriving urban parks, and the 2018 season opener for the first professional baseball team in the U. S., the Cincinnati Reds! Check out all the larger metropolitan area has to offer at Downtown Cincinnati's entertainment page.
The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition and Cincinnati welcome the ASA!
For further information contact:
Debbie Zorn, Conference Chair, Debbie.Zorn@uc.edu
Joy Gritton, Program Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Omope Carter Daboiku, Local Arrangements Chair, email@example.com
2018 Call for Participation
Proposal Submission Form
Proposals may be submitted via Marshall Digital Scholar beginning August 15 through October 16, 2017. Individuals named in accepted proposals are not automatically registered for the conference. ALL conference attendees must register and pay the conference registration fee prior to attending the conference.
2018 Conference Registration
Register by March 9, 2018, to
receive the pre-conference rate!
Conference registration is handled by
the University of Illinois Press. Please visit:
to register for the 2018 conference. You may also pay by check by completing the registration form and mailing along with payment to:
University of Illinois Press
1325 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Please make checks payable to the Appalachian Studies Association. Do not email credit card orders.
Exhibitors, Advertisers, and Sponsors
To exhibit, advertise, or help sponsor a break or reception please use this form. Orders should be placed by November 15, 2017.
2017 – Blacksburg, Virginia
2016 – Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, a New Appalachia
East Tennessee State University
Many Mountains, Many Musics
2014 – Huntington, West Virginia
New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities
2013 – Boone, North Carolina
Appalachian State University
Communities in Action, Landscapes in Change
2012 – Indiana, Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The Wide Reach of Appalachia