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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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ASA Timeline


2000 Overview

Mine Disasters; Reality Television Comes to Appalachia; “Clean Coal” Debate; Mine Politics; Mountain Top Removal Debate, Living Healthy Initiatives

2000: 23rd Conference - University of Tennessee, Knoxville. President Jim Lloyd. Theme: Regional Stewardship for the Millennium. Laurel Theater Music. Visit to Highlander Center. Papers on Oak Ridge and Collaborative and Participatory Research; Dwight Billings and Kathleen Blee’s The Road to Poverty; Ferrum College’s AppLit goes online

2001: 24th Conference - Snowshoe, West Virginia Ski Resort. President Sally Maggard. Keynote Rachel Thompkins. Book Forum The Road to Poverty by Billings and Blee. Jesse White, ARC Federal Co-Chair. Not so Silent Auction and first T-Shirts of Appalachian Pioneers with fashion show; John O. Brien’s At Home in the Heart of Appalachia; Appalachian Studies Association moved office to Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia

2002: 25th Conference - Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia; John A. Williams’ Appalachia: A History

2003: 26th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held in Richmond, KY on March 28-30. Theme: “Building a Healthy Region: Environment, Culture, Community”; Wilma A. Dunaway’s Slavery in the American Mountain South; Gretchen Moran Laskas’ The Midwife’s Tale

2004: 27th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at Cherokee High School in Cherokee, NC on March 26-28. Theme: “Building a Healthy Region: From Historical Trauma to Hope and Healing”; Robert Salyer’s “Sludge”; Michael Montgomery’s Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English; Ron Rash’s Saints at the River

2005: 28th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at Radford University in Radford, VA on March 18-20. Theme: “Vital Words and Vital Actions: Partnerships to Build a Healthy Place”; Sharon Hatfield’s Never Seen the Moon; Darnell Arnoult’s What Travels With Us: Poems

2006: 29th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH on March 17-19. Theme: “Both Ends of the Road: Making the Appalachian Connection”; Sago Mine Disaster in Sago, WV; Catherine Pancake’s “Black Diamonds”; The Encyclopedia of Appalachia (edited by Rudy Abramson and Jean Haskell); Dot Jackson’s Refuge

2007: 30th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at Maryville College in Maryville, TN on March 23-25. Theme: “Piecing the Appalachian Experience”; Anne Lewis’s Documentary “Morristown”; James J. Lorence’s A Hard Journey: The Life of Don West; Ann Pancake’s Strange as the Weather Has Been

2008: 31st Annual Appalachian Studies Conference held at Marshall University in Huntington, WV on March 29-30. Theme: “The Road Ahead: The Next Thirty Years of Appalachian Studies” Ronald D. Eller’s Uneven Ground; Ron Rash’s Serena