UK to Host 2020 Appalachian Studies Association Conference

The 43rd Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Conference will be held at the University of Kentucky March 12-15, 2020, for the first time in the organization's history, inpartnership with  the University of Kentucky’s Appalachian CenterCollege of Arts and Sciences and Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) 

The conference, titled “Appalachian Understories: Growing Hope and Resilience from Commonwealth to Global Commons,” will engage in conversations about Appalachian forests, black Appalachians, women, gender and sexuality, health and healing, and hope spots. Oral history, film-making, literature, music, photography and other art forms will be among the featured “understories” exploration methods. The conference will be free to all UK students. 

"The steering committee for ASA will be gathering at UK for their summer retreat July 26-28. The Appalachian Center invites students, faculty and community members who have interests in the Appalachian region to a reception with the committee members from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Appalachian Center at 624 Maxwelton Court. To RSVP, please contact Emma Kiser at

For more information about the conference and submitting proposals, please see the Preliminary Call for Participation. More information about online submissions will be available Sept. 3.

ASA, the premier Appalachian Studies nonprofit professional organization in the world, promotes and engages dialogue, research, scholarship, education, creative expression and action among a diverse and inclusive group of scholars, educators, practitioners, grassroots activists, students, individuals, groups and institutions. ASA's mission is driven by its commitment to foster quality of life, democratic participation and appreciation of Appalachian experiences regionally, nationally and internationally.

The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center contributes to the land grant mission of UK by fostering community-university partnerships in research, learning and engagement in Appalachia, a region faced with unique opportunities and challenges toward sustainable development in a globalized context."