Annual Appalachian Research Symposium
2017 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase
Appalachian Inheritance: Legacies and Futures
Saturday, February 18, 2017
***2017 PROGRAM COMING SOON***
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 seven successful symposia with the 2017 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase to be held February, 2017. For the first year ever, 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.
This year’s theme is Appalachian Heritage: Legacies and Futures.
Keynote & Special Presentations
This year’s theme is Appalachian Inheritance: Legacies & Futures. The Symposium will interrogate our Appalachian legacies while also recognizing the precarity of the region’s futures. Drawing from the rich history of organizing in Appalachia, we call upon participants to engage with questions of imagining, crafting, and fashioning a way forward. In other words, where do we go from here? Participants from a variety of disciplinary and life-experience backgrounds are invited to consider Appalachian inheritances and disinheritances, our intertwined fates and collective well-beings, and creative possibilities for power and participation.
This year our featured keynote presentation will be a panel of Appalachian scholars, educators, and activists. Panelists including Crystal Wilkinson, Dwight Billings, and Ivy Brashear will grapple with the current political, economic, and physical landscape of the region. They will also address their vision for how we move forward.
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, Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Notice of submission acceptance will be emailed to the student. To submit the abstract, fill out the abstract subsmission form.
- Registration for presenters is online and must be completed by midnight, Monday, February 6, 2017. To register, please fill out the registration 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, Monday, February 6, 2017. To register, please fill out the registration form. Registration will help ensure seating in our facilities and refreshments for the Symposium.
2017 UK APPALACHIAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & ARTS SHOWCASE LOGISTICS
- Presenters and non-presenting attendees! Please remember to register online by February 6 at GARC Registration.
- Attendance is FREE! Encourage members of your institution to join us.
TRAVEL TO THE VENUE:
- The Symposium will be held in the University of Kentucky’s College of Law Courtroom, located at 620 South Limestone in Lexington. The Law Building is located directly across Limestone Ave. from the UK Appalachian Center. Attendees should enter the Law Building from the West Entrance facing Memorial Hall. You will enter the building directly in front of the welcome table, where you will pick up your name badge: https://www.google.com/maps/place/38%C2%B002'12.1%22N+84%C2%B030'24.9%22Wfirstname.lastname@example.org,-84.5074502,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Symposium on Saturday February 18th. Should you care to quickly grab a bite elsewhere, a Pizza Hut, Hibachi Express, and local deli and fried chicken joint Phillip’s Market are across the street from the Law Building.
- For dinner, Lexington has a wonderful array of independent restaurants. Consult this restaurant guide http://www.visitlex.com/restaurants/, or ask a local attendee at the Symposium for a recommendation!
THINGS TO DO AROUND LEXINGTON:
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:
- Make a stop at a distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: http://kybourbontrail.com/. 95% of the world’s bourbon is made in Kentucky! The Barrel House Distillery is convenient located right in Lexington: http://barrelhousedistillery.com/?age-verified=5e8dec77a1
- Visit the family home of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of our 16th President! The Mary Todd Lincoln House museum: http://mtlhouse.org/
- The UK Art Museum’s admission is FREE and the museum is very close to the Symposium venue: http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum
- The beautiful Lexington Cemetery is Kentucky’s oldest garden cemetery and is an excellent place to walk, jog, reflect, and watch nature. It is home to Henry Clay’s mausoleum and also hosts the second-largest basswood tree in North America : http://www.lexcem.org/index.php/2012-12-26-14-45-57/nature/tree-guide
- There are over 450 champion horse farms in Kentucky (including William Shatner’s!). Visit over 1,000 horses at the Kentucky Horse Park, a 20 minute drive from the Symposium: http://www.kyhorsepark.com/
- Just a 35 minute drive from Lexington is the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest surviving historic collection of dwellings built by this utopian sect: http://shakervillageky.org/
- World-class rock climbing, hiking, archaeological sites, and breathtaking scenery draw visitors to Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest, a 1.25 hour drive south from Lexington: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/dbnf/recarea/?recid=39458. The Gorge is famous for its many natural rock bridges, such as Natural Bridge: http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/natural-bridge/