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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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34th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

River of Earth: Action, Scholarship, Reflection, and Renewal

March 11-13, 2011
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond Kentucky


This year’s theme is “River of Earth: Action, Scholarship, Reflection, and Renewal.” We encourage well-developed, interesting, and innovative session formats that probe deeply into the region’s activist, cultural, and scholarly heritage, both historically and in the present.

Formats may include:

  • scholarly research papers and sessions;
  • poster sessions related to community work OR presenting scholarly research;
  • panels and community presentations;
  • new and relevant films, videos, poetry, music, plays, art, and writing; and
  • roundtable conversations on relevant, contemporary issues, e.g. activism in the region, professional development, or a newcomer’s orientation to Appalachia.

Proposals must be submitted online at our website no later than September 25, 2010, with no exceptions. Late, incomplete, mailed, or faxed submissions cannot be accepted. Submitting a proposal does not guarantee presentation at the conference. Applicants will be notified by November 1, 2010.


Accommodations are available at several hotels, all within a couple of miles from the conference site. Hotels are also available in Berea and Lexington.

HAMPTON INN: 1099 Barnes Mill Road; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-626-1002. Distance to Campus: 1.76 miles, $87.00.
BOOKED to capacity

JAMESON INN: 2006 Colby Taylor Drive; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-623-0063. Distance to Campus:1.72 miles, $50.00.

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS: 1990 Colby Taylor Drive; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-624-4055. Distance to Campus: 1.71 miles. Call for rates.
BOOKED to capacity

COMFORT SUITES: 2007 Colby Taylor Drive; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-624-0770. Distance to Campus: 1.73 miles. Call for rates.

BEST WESTERN HOLIDAY PLAZA: 100 Eastern Bypass; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-623-9220. Distance to Campus: 1.36 miles, $55.00.

RED ROOF INN: 111 Bahama Court; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-625-0084. Distance to Campus: 2.27 miles, $54.99- $59.99.

KNIGHTS INN: 1688 Northgate Drive; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-624-2612. Distance to Campus: 2.45 miles. Call for rates.

LA QUINTA INN: 1751 Lexington Road; Richmond, KY; 859-623-9121. Distance to Campus: 2.14 miles. Call for rates. SUPER 8: 107 N. Keeneland; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-624-1550. Distance to Campus: 3.11 miles. Call for rates.

DAYS INN RICHMOND: 2109 Belmont Drive; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-624-5769. Distance to Campus: 3.15 miles, $60.99.

THE BENNETT HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST: 419 West Main Street; Richmond, KY 40475; 859-623-5229. Distance to campus: 0.62 miles, $90.00.
BOOKED to capacity

Preliminary Program
6 MB .pdf file

Online Conference Registration
Online registration is closed but you may still register at the conference!

Exhibitor Registration Form
Download and complete registration PDF form

Conference Site & Accomodations
Print a list of site accommodations

Scholarship Application
Deadline: February 7, 2011

Conference Site Parking:

Pre-Conference Tours:
Arts and History Tour of Madison County and Berea

Additional Activities
Symposium on Affrilachia
Beach Party River Clean-Up

Now Here This!
Conference Events for Students
• Print list of Area Attractions
Be A Green Appal – Conference Sustainability
March on Blair Mountain


Eastern Kentucky University

Madison County, Kentucky, lies on Interstate 75, Kentucky’s most important “growth corridor.” Richmond, the site of the 2011 conference and the county seat, has historically been one of the main points of debarkation for migrants heading out of the mountains; Berea College, fifteen miles south of Richmond on I-75, has been a centerpiece of Appalachian studies and action for over a century. Lexington and the University of Kentucky is a thirty-mile drive north.

Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, has been in existence in various academic incarnations since 1874, and has served as a regional comprehensive university since 1966. EKU’s 15,000+ student body will be on spring break during the week of the conference (hence the early schedule), so all events will take place in the center of campus. Parking will be available on campus and within a short walk of conference venues. Downtown Richmond is about one-half mile north of campus.

For those who will fly to the conference, Richmond is served by Lexington’s Bluegrass Airport; Cincinnati is a two-hour drive on I-75, and Louisville is a two-hour drive on I-64/I-75.


View a list of attractions given by the Richmond Tourism, or visit:


Additional Accomodations may be found in Berea, Kentucky by clicking the following link: