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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.

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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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35th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

The Wide Reach of Appalachia

March 23-25, 2012
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, Pennsylvania

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The Center for Northern Appalachian Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites participation in the 35th annual Conference of the Appalachian Studies Association, to be held on the IUP campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania (about 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh). As mapped by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Appalachia extends as far north as New York State, but this will be the first time that a national ASA conference has met anywhere to the north of Morgantown, West Virginia. It has been said that in the minds of many people, “Appalachia is always somewhere to the south”—but in reality, Appalachia is to the north, too. We especially encourage proposals on any aspect of northern Appalachia—but also, considering “The Wide Reach of Appalachia,” proposals about the Appalachian diaspora and about Appalachian influences and connections in other parts of the country. We want to celebrate the “Wide Reach” of Appalachian studies in general and, in non-exclusive fashion, will welcome a wide diversity of topics ranging throughout our whole interdisciplinary field of study.

Upcoming Conferences

2013 – North Carolina
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
March 22-24
Katherine Ledford, Conference Chair,
Kathy Olson, Program Chair,
Sonya Long, Local Arrangements Chair,

Past Conference

2011 – Richmond Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky University
March 11-13
River of Earth: Action, Scholarship, Reflection, and Renewal

Other past conferences

Past conference award winner

Preliminary Program
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Call For Participation
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Exhibiter, Advertiser, Sponsor Form
(PDF 200K)

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Points of Interest in Northern Appalachia


Featured Keynoter, Workshop Leader,
and Singer—Si Kahn

Si Kahn

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for more information.

Center for Northern Appalachian Studies


Jim Dougherty
ASA Conference Chair
Director, IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies
Assistant Professor of Sociology
102-B McElhaney Hall
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724.357.2734
Fax: 724.357.4842 | website

Jim Cahalan
2012 ASA Local Program Chair