Forty-Second Annual Appalachian Studies Conference

AppalachA'ville: Engage. Sustain. Innovate.

UNCA, Asheville, North Carolina, March 14-17, 2019

The 42nd Annual ASA Conference will explore the theme "AppalachA'ville" by looking at the larger region of Appalachia through the experiences of our cities and financial centers. Special sessions of the conference invite participants to explore the tensions around maintaining sustainable urban development alongside rural culture and history. What does it mean to be a vibrant twenty-first century city in the traditionally rural region of Appalachia? Is there a difference between being an Appalachian city and a city in Appalachia? How can the region's population centers grow to provide jobs for residents while preserving and protecting the environment? How does a city retain its regional cultural identity while marketing itself as a place that tourists want to visit and businesses want to set up shop? In short, how do we engage with communities to be more inclusive and supportive and at the same time sustain our cultural roots, our landscape, our values? How does a city or town innovate in ways that enhance the life of the region? Bring your interests, your curiosity, your expertise and experience to the conference and explore AppalachA'ville with us.

We invite proposals for panels, papers, posters, community conversations, performances, or workshops. Papers and posters should feature original unpublished work in progress. The deadline for proposals is October 9, 2018.

--The 2019 Program Committee: Kim Reigle (chair), Carol Boggess (ex officio), Lesly-Marie Buer, Mae Claxton, Meredith Doster, Gene Hyde, Phil Jameson, Katherine Ledford, Ted Olson, Doug Orr, and Asheville community liaison Tammy Young.

Additional Information:

Proposals may be submitted from September 1 through October 9, 2018. You will be able to access and revise your proposal after it has been submitted. Late and incomplete proposals will not be considered. Please refer to the call for participation for complete submission guidelines.

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.

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 March 9, 2019. Late registration is $185 ($135 for students) beginning March 10. Registration is available online via the "Conference Registration" link in the green sidebar.

Browse the contents of ASA Annual Conference:

2019 - AppalachA'ville: Engage. Sustain. Innovate.
2018 - Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond its Borders
2017- Extreme Appalachia!
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