Annual Appalachian Research Symposium

2018 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase

Whose Space? Whose History? Representations of Identity and Belonging in Appalachia

Friday-Saturday, March 2-3, 2018

University of Kentucky
Whitehall Classroom Building, south lobby
140 Patterson Drive, Lexington, KY


University of Kentucky Graduate Appalachian Research Community presents

Whose Space? Whose History? Representations of Appalachian Identity and Belonging

The Ninth Annual UK Appalachian Research Community

Symposium & Arts Showcase

Friday-Saturday March 2-3, 2018

Daily Schedule TBA
University of Kentucky

Whitehall Classroom Building, South Lobby

140 Patterson Drive
Lexington, Kentucky


The University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Appalachian Studies, and the Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) seek to promote interdisciplinary dialogue around issues in Appalachia. We are proud to follow up our first eight successful symposia with the 2018 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase to be held March 2-3, 2018. The Symposium is open to all undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines from all colleges and universities doing work pertaining to Appalachia. Registration is free for both presenters and registered attendees. The Symposium is intended to foster a supportive community in which students from various fields can present their Appalachian-based research and creative work. This year’s Symposium will provide an opportunity for students to network, collaborate, learn from each others’ findings, and explore issues relevant to Appalachian communities. Students creating performance or visual artworks related to Appalachia are strongly encouraged to participate.

The theme for the 2018 GARC Symposium is “Whose Space? Whose History?: Representations of Identity and Belonging in Appalachia.” Appalachia has historically been portrayed as a narrow and fixed place, the effects of which are widely apparent in current national discourse. We ask participants to engage in discussions of the roles of narrative, power, and identity in constructing Appalachia. We hope to foster a conversation exploring who gets to be Appalachian, who determines what is Appalachian, and who and what are often left out of these narratives. In doing so, we will examine what work is being done, and what more we can do moving forward, to change the traditionally skewed perceptions of Appalachia.

Symposium Requirements and Important Information:

·        Work must be topically related to Appalachia, original, and produced in the last 3 years.

·        To be considered for inclusion in the Symposium students should submit a 200-250 word abstract online by midnight, Sunday, January 28, 2018. Notice of submission acceptance will be emailed to the student by February 2nd. To submit an abstract, please use this form:

·        Registration for presenters is online and must be completed by midnight, Friday, February 16, 2018. To register, please complete this form:

·        Registration is free for both presenters and other attendees. You are encouraged to attend even if you are not presenting. Those who want to attend, but not present, must also register online by midnight, Friday, February 16, 2018. Registration will help ensure seating in our facilities and refreshments for the Symposium.

·        Presentation formats include:

o   Scholarly papers and organized panels

o   Scholarly posters

o   Roundtable conversations on Appalachian issues

o   Artistic Work: Films, music, plays, art, photography, and creative writing


·        Individual presentation submissions will be organized into panels of similar topics. In the case of a full panel proposal, panel organizers should submit the panel title and abstract as well as the individual title and abstracts online on one submission form.

·        Co-presentations are allowed. Please provide full information for co-presenters in your online abstract submission.

·        Presenters should expect presentation slots to be approximately 15 minutes with an additional Q & A session after each panel presentation.

·        A computer and projector will be provided for those needing computer access for presentations.   

·        Easels will be provided for poster presenters. Presenters should provide their own hard backing.

·        Participants presenting artwork must submit an abstract summarizing their work and may opt to also give a presentation about their artwork.

·        Some meals will be provided for registered presenters. On the online registration, please mark if you have dietary preferences or prefer a vegetarian meal.

Please have the following information ready when you register online.

  1. Name(s), email address(es), and institutional affiliation(s) of all participants.
  2. Title of your presentation and (for organized panels) the title of each presentation on the panel.
  3. Type of Presentation: Paper, Panel, Poster, Roundtable, or Artistic Work. Indicate whether your submission is an individual presentation or an organized panel. All participants must register for the conference.
  4. An abstract of 200-250 words for your paper, poster, roundtable, or artistic work. In the case of a full-panel proposal, please submit a title and abstract for each participant after the abstract describing the whole panel.
  5. Types of media equipment needed (if any) and whether an Internet connection is necessary for your presentation.
  6. Indicate the panel chair for your panel or if you are willing to be a panel chair on other panels.

Important Dates:

·        Monday, January 15, 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED! Sunday, January 28, 2018: Presenter abstracts due

·        Friday, February 16, 2018: Registration due for both presenters and non-presenting attendees

For further questions please contact GARC Symposium Co-Chairs Melissa Wiser or Olivia Spradlin at


Disclaimer: As the artist, you are responsible for the handling and display of your artwork. You will be expected to follow the standard presentation guidelines for your discipline. The University of Kentucky and/or the UK Graduate Appalachian Research Community are not responsible for damage or theft that may occur to your artwork/instruments/or any additional equipment you decide to bring. 







  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Symposium on Saturday, March 3rd.  
  • For dinner, Lexington has a wonderful array of independent restaurants.  Consult this restaurant guide, or ask a local attendee at the Symposium for a recommendation!


Come a day early or stay a day late if you can!  Kentucky has some amazing arts, cultural, historical, and environmental recreation opportunities!  Here are just a few in Lexington and surrounding areas:

Past Symposium Programs:


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