The deadline for the 2017 conference has been extended to Friday, October 14, 2016, at 11:59p.m.

For complete submission guidelines please refer to the CALL FOR PARTICIPATION.

You will be able to access and revise your proposal after it is submitted.

Fortieth Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

EXtreme Appalachia! March 9-12, 2017
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

With our conference theme, "Extreme Appalachia!" we reference the impassioned commitments people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian communities, ways of life, and livelihoods. "Extreme Appalachia" refers to the ways extreme economics—excessive resource extraction and use, underfunding of public education and services, and dismal job opportunities—have sparked community activism that advances a sustainable future for the region. "Extreme" also references exploitative pop culture products like reality television programming—as well as the countering power of the region's visual, performance, and literary arts to nurture, provoke, and inspire. In the face of extremity, regional scholarship and education augment ongoing struggles for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.

We invite your proposals for panels, papers, posters, roundtables, performances, workshops, or organizing sessions that highlight activism, arts, scholarship, and/or education—all of which are integral components to the mission of the Appalachian Studies Association. The deadline for the 2017 conference has been extended to Friday, October 14, 2016, at 11:59p.m.

--The 2017 Program Committee: Emily Satterwhite (chair), Beth Bingman, Theresa Burriss, Susan Clark, Joy Leanne Gritton, Tony Harkins, Karen Hudson, Bob Hutton, Jennifer Herald Koster, Doug Reichert Powell, Barbara Ellen Smith, Anita Puckett (ex officio), New River Valley community liaison Andy Morikawa, and Y'ALL representative Jordan Laney

Proposals may be submitted from August 22 through October 14, 2016. Late and incomplete proposals will not be considered. Submitters will be notified in November regarding the status of their submissions. Submitters should be available for scheduling at any time during the entire conference. It is not possible to guarantee any session or participant a particular day or time on the program.

NOTE: 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. You may register on the ASA website. Pre-registration is $150 ($100 for students) through February 23, 2017. Late registration is $185 ($135 for students) beginning February 24. Virginia Tech students may attend for free if not presenting. Registration is available online via the "Conference Registration" link in the green sidebar.

Browse the contents of ASA Annual Conference:

2016 - Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, a New Appalachia
2015 - Many Mountains, Many Musics
2014 - New Appalachia: Known realities and imagined possibilities