Appalachian Literature, SAMLA, November 7-9, 2014 Atlanta, GA; CFP due June 1

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Carved from the Mountains: Defining Sustainability in the Appalachian Region
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In following with the SAMLA 86 theme of "Sustainability and the Humanities," this session will explore the idea of sustainability as it relates to the Appalachian region. How can we define sustainability in the region? How have sustainable resources and agriculture shaped Appalachian literature and culture? How have conflicts about the idea of sustainability—do we sustain our mountaintop environments or sustain our jobs?—played a role in Appalachian literature and culture? In what ways can sustainability be seen outside its traditional environmental and economical terms? How has Appalachian literature aided or hindered the sustainability of Appalachian cultural values, religious beliefs, regional dialect—even Appalachian stereotypes? Proposals that consider any approach to sustainability in relation to Appalachian literature or related media types by Appalachian writers are welcome. Topics may relate to environmentalism, ecocriticism, gender, race, class, human relationships, stereotypes and media portrayal, and/or historical studies. Please e-mail abstracts of 250-350 words and a brief bio to Sara West at by June 1, 2014. Be sure to mention any audio/visual requirements.