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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.

The ASA is headquartered at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Mary Thomas, Executive Director, can be reached via email at mthomas@marshall.edu.

Telephone: (304) 696-2904
Fax: (304) 696-6221
Mailing Address:
Appalachian Studies Association
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755

46th ASA Annual Conference

AppalachiaFest: From Surviving to Thriving

March 16-19, 2023

Ohio University,
Athens, Ohio

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46th Annual ASA Conference

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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


Catch up on the latest news in our Newsletter

Read the latest issue of Appalink now available online. Check it out by clicking here. >> Read more

ASA Video

2017 Conference Plenary - Extreme Appalachia: Rage and Renewal

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2014 Conference

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


Reproductive Rights

The Appalachian Studies Association has a long tradition of supporting Women’s Rights. In accordance with our mission we are ‘driven to a commitment to foster quality of life, democratic participation and appreciation of Appalachian experiences regionally, nationally, and internationally.’ This quality of life includes our strong belief in women, trans men, and nonbinary folx having control over their reproductive rights. We hear your frustration, are empathetic to this continual struggle, and stand with you. From the women who stood their ground in the unions, against mountaintop removal, and continue to fight this fight for justice, we are with you. We will be having a meet up soon to join together in conversation that will be guided by recent research and advocacy work on Reproductive Rights. Stay tuned for information coming soon.

Y'all Means All Meet Up, June 20

Y'all Means All reading at the Appalachian Studies Association Meet Ups: Pride Edition, on June 20th, 7-8:30 pm (EST).

The reading featured Z. Zane McNeill, Kendall Loyer, Beck Banks, and Maxwell Cloe.

Business meeting

The annual ASA Business meeting will be held virtually this week, Thursday, April 14, 2022, 4-5 pm (EST). The meeting will use Microsoft Teams. There is also an option to call-in. If you have issues accessing the meeting please contact Ann E. Bryant at asa@marshall.edu.

The agenda can be downloaded by clicking here.

Race in Appalachia: A Conversation

The Appalachian Studies Association and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs at Western Carolina University present this prerecorded webinar that recalibrates race as a continuous and central topic of life in Appalachia. The representation of various lenses seeks a holistic conversation.

Shirts available

Mountain Mindful has conference tee shirts and hoodies featuring the amazing conference logo designed by Liz Pavlovic available to order online. Shirts must be ordered by Feb. 15 and will ship on or before March 1.

Preliminary Program now available

A preliminary program for the 2022 Appalachian Studies Conference is now available on the conference page.

2022 Conference Update

Dear Appalachian Studies Community,As we all continue to live with and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at ASA want to communicate with you about our plans for the 2022 conference. As you can imagine, the Conference Planning Committee has been monitoring the situation closely. At this point, we anticipate that, by the time of the conference in March, an in-person meeting with precautions is achievable. We make this decision with caution, informed by public health officials, in consultation with local hosts at WVU, and in consideration of feedback received from our exhibitors, sponsors, presenters, and you—our members.

Like many universities, WVU has resumed the semester with COVID safety protocols.Currently 91.86% of WVU faculty and 82.36% of students are vaccinated and there is amask mandate for all indoor spaces. The conference will take place over WVU’s springbreak; this reduces the density of persons on campus during the conference. ASA willcomply with all WVU requirements in place at the time of the conference. You can viewtheir precautions at: https://www.wvu.edu/return-to-campus/what-you-need-to-know.West Virginia University is very much looking forward to welcoming ASA toMorgantown.

We are taking steps to modify the conference to minimize large gatherings. We willforgo, for example, hosting the annual banquet. In addition, we are reviewing theprogram to identify sessions that we can record for those who are unable to attend andensuring that meeting spaces maximize distancing. While we do not have the capacity torun a hybrid conference, we will implement a virtual conference if need be. Although it isnot as good as being together in person, the mighty ASA staff managed quite well tofacilitate our virtual conference in 2021.

Our Virtual Contingency Plan, shared in our call for participation and registrationinformation for the 2022 annual conference, includes several factors that could still leadto pivoting to a virtual conference. If we must shift to a virtual conference, the dates willbe April 22-24.

We hope that we will all be together in Morgantown. The conference planning committeehas been working hard to bring you a phenomenal conference to make up for the last twoyears of hardship. In addition to the exceptional sessions, plenaries, and film screeningsyou expect from the organization, with grant funding, we added some extra events tomake your experience even more special. We are featuring a Maker Space with pop-upperformances, local artists who will be showcasing their work, and a free DIYprintmaking station where you'll be able to make your own tote and bandana. Before theconference we will have shirts for sale featuring the amazing logo designed by LizPavlovic.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again. ASA continues to strive to be the place where many of us feel most at home, most inspired, and most comfortable. We hope you'll be there to spend time with us.

Meredith McCarroll
President, Appalachian Studies Association
Natalie Sypolt
Conference Chair, Appalachian Studies Association

Alp)alachia: Celebrating Appalachia's International Connections on United Nations' International Mountain Day 2021

WhenSaturday, Dec 11, 12pm - 2pm EST (US)

Zoom; register for free by clicking here.

This event will bring together established and aspiring practitioners of mountain-to-mountain research, activism, and pedagogy with like-minded Appalachianists--those who study, teach about, and (sometimes) live in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States.

First hour Presenters will summarize established connections between Appalachia and other mountain regions.

Second hour Attendees will be placed into breakout rooms for thirty minutes with a set of discussion questions and then return to the large group for another thirty minutes of whole-group conversation.

International Connections Committee, Appalachian Studies Association

Dr. Christian Quendler, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Benjamin Robbins, University of Innsbruck, Austria
on the Austrian AlpsDr. Theresa Burriss, Radford University, Virginia, USA
Dr. Donald Davis, Independent Scholar, Washington, DC, USA
on the Carpathian MountainsThomas Hansell, Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA
on WalesNomcebo Dlamini, University of the Free State, South Africa
Dr. Grey Magaiza, University of the Free State, South Africa
on South AfricaDr. Sasikumar Balasundaram, William & Mary, Virginia, USA
Dr. Ann E. Kingsolver, University of Kentucky, USA
eds, Global Mountain Regions: Conversations toward the Future (2018)

Questions? Contact Katherine Ledford (ledfordke@appstate.edu), chair of the International Connections Committee of the Appalachian Studies Association.

Scholarship applications now open

Forms are now available for applying to receive General Conference Scholarships and for BIPOC Scholarships for the 2022 Conference. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2022.

Native American Heritage Month

The Appalachian Studies Association is proud to celebrate the history, culture, and lived experience of the Native Americans whose ancestors called the 420 counties that currently define the Appalachian Region home. We also celebrate all of America's indigenous people who live, work, and contribute to everyday life in the United States and its Territories.

As we continue to celebrate Native American and Alaskan Native Heritage, I want to remind us how we have come to celebrate this time. We acknowledge the work of the honorable Red Fox Skiuhushu, also known as Red Fox James, a Blackfoot, who in 1914 traveled on horseback across the nation seeking support from state leaders to establish a day to honor Native peoples. By 1915, he had the endorsement of 24 states and delivered to the White House his petition. Although the historical record does not demonstrate evidence of a proclamation, we recognize this moment in history.

On Saturday, May 13, 1916, New York officially designated a day to celebrate the culture and life of this country's Native people. It was the first state to do so. Other states followed, but no official national recognition occurred until 1986 when Congress passed a proclamation authorizing "Week." A few years later, November 1990 was designated through a joint proclamation as "National American Indian Heritage Month," which we now refer to as "Native American Heritage Month," by then-President George H.W. Bush.

Join ASA as we continue to celebrate the life, culture, and heritage of Native Americans in the United States and its Territories.

Meredith McCarroll, Ph.D., President
Ricardo Nazario-Colón, Ed.D., Vice President
Appalachian Studies Association

2022 Call for Participation

The 2022 Call for Participation is now available. Visit the Annual Conference page for more information.

2022 Conference Update

Planning for the 45th annual Appalachian Studies Conference continues to move forward. The conference will be in-person March 17-20, 2022, at West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, WV. With the constantly changing circumstances of COVID-19, the WVU conference planning team and the ASA conference planning committee are working on a back-up virtual option for April of 2022 should the circumstances of COVID-19 mean we cannot meet in person. These circumstances could include restrictions at WVU, feedback from speakers and attendees, and/or local public health guidance. More detailed information will be forthcoming in the Call for Participation.

Due to the need for additional initial planning, the Call for Participation, proposal portal, and conference registration will now be available on September 15, 2021, instead of September 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Kay Thomas or Ann E. Bryant at the ASA headquarters at (304) 696-2904 or asa@marshall.edu.

2022 Preliminary Call for Participation

The Preliminary Call for Participation is now available for the 45th annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Making, Creating, and Encoding: Crafting Possibilities in Appalachia.

2020 Appalachian Studies Association Conference Digital Landing Page

Appalachian Understories: Growing Hope and Resilience from Commonwealth to Global Commons

Dear ASA Community,

We are in a time of constant learning and adjustment. With the planning of the 2020 ASA Conference to be held at the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Kathryn Newfont, the association was learning to reckon with its privileged roots and often overwhelmingly white representation. A commitment to equity and inclusion was evident in anticipated panels and keynotes. However, as association leadership learned of the potential harm of COVID-19, much thought and deliberation led to the cancelation of the gathering. Wanting to amplify and preserve the intentions and work of the 2020 Conference team, I suggested an online repository and a digital landing page. While this in no way replaces or even tries to capture the vision of the UK team, our online 2020 website holds space for the work that was done and highlights an important year of growth for the association.

To archive the commitment of the 2020 team and celebrate the scholarship completed in preparation for the conference, I am honored to announce the launch of the digital version of the 2020 Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Appalachian Understories: Growing Hope and Resilience from Commonwealth to Global Commons.

Here you will find a pre-conference film from Catharine Axley; a repository of some of the presentations that would have been held at the conference; a virtual exhibit hall; information about our valued conference advertisers and sponsors; a range of news dating from the conference’s original cancellation in March 2020; and information about the ASA and how to contact association administrators. A variation of this online model will be continued as we learn and adjust to better identify and meet the ever-changing needs of our membership. I am sincerely grateful to those who’ve offered their work to be shared on this site.

Jordan Laney
ASA At-Large Steering Committee Member

Call for Proposals for Themed Issues of the Journal of Appalachian Studies

The editorial board of the Journal of Appalachian Studies would like to invite submissions of proposed themed issues for the journal. To submit a proposal for a themed issue, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the theme with a list of possible editors and participants to Rebecca Scott at scottrr@missouri.edu. Previous themed journals and proposed themes have included economic development in Appalachia, social justice in Appalachia, black Appalachia, and queer Appalachia. Possible future themes include but are not limited to race in Appalachia, women in Appalachia, Appalachian politics, etc. Proposed themed issues will be considered for approval by the editorial board.

Equitable Food Assistance: Designing Community Food Security Strategies to Overcome Racialized Obstacles

Mary Beth Schmid, Wilma Dykeman fellow

This project contributes to the study of the nexus of health equity, racism, program design, policy, and food security in diverse rural places in the contemporary U.S. The study focuses on food assistance agencies’ challenges and strategies for equitably assisting economically marginalized populations in a cluster of ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission) counties in North Carolina. The study pays particular attention to the ways in which these agencies understand, strategize with, and attempt to serve the Latinx population during the current U.S. historic moment of anti-immigration policy. The work was funded by the Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-doctoral Research Fellowship and the Public Policy Institute of Western Carolina University.

Part of the Panel: Cultural Traces in Appalachian Food.

In program titled: Food or Security? Policy, Equity and Food Assistance in Southern Appalachia.

Files: Presentation (full text)

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