CFP: Appalachian Studies (11/1/05; PCA/ACA, 4/12/06-4/15/06)

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Call for papers: Appalachian Studies






Submission Deadline: 1 November 2005


Appalachia was, and remains, one place where Americans’ thoughts go when they have to re-think what it means to be American. Whether it is understood as the First Frontier, the original Old West, or an Eden infested with the snakes of race, class, and violence, Appalachia offers exceedingly fertile ground for popular and scholarly investigation.


Presentations covering a broad range of Appalachian culture are welcome, as are thematic panels composed of three to four presentations. Topics may include:


--Appalachian music

--Appalachian writers

--Appalachia in film

--Appalachia in television

--Gender in Appalachia

--"Fighting Back" in Appalachia



--The changing landscape of Appalachia

--Modernity and postmodernity in Appalachia

--Appalachian religions

--Defining "Appalachia" from inside and out

--The cultural identity of problematic Appalachia (e.g., textile mill villages

          and the Piedmont)

--Creative submissions


These are just suggestions, of course; Appalachia is too diverse a region to be shoehorned into the few categories listed above.


Presentations should last from fifteen to twenty minutes. The Popular Culture Association will provide DVD players and televisions; you should arrange to provide other audio-visual equipment. Proposals of around 250 words should be emailed to Include the proposal, along with greetings, questions, personal information, etc. in the body of the email.


Jimmy Dean Smith

Associate Professor


Union College

Barbourville, KY 40906

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