Annual Appalachian Research Symposium
2016 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase
Difference and Affinity: Representing Appalachia
Saturday/Sunday, March 5-6, 2016
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 six successful symposia with the 2016 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase to be held March 5-6, 2016. 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 Difference and Affinity: Representing Appalachia. The Symposium will reflect on the diversity and commonality of the Appalachian experience. Presenters are encouraged to consider issues of representations of the Appalachian region and how our work as academics, activists, artists, and community members shapes perceptions of the region and has the potential to influence policies and outcomes for Appalachian communities. The Symposium seeks to celebrate difference and also the commonalities that bring us together in the region. Presenters should consider how diversity of experience and affinity politics may contribute to a more multifaceted representation of the Appalachian region and beyond. Connections across geographic space, disciplines, and theoretical orientations are strongly encouraged.
Keynote & Special Presentations
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 31, 2016. Notice of submission acceptance will be emailed to the student the first week of February. To submit the abstract, visit the abstract submission page of the GARC website.
- Registration for presenters is online and must be completed by midnight, Monday, February 15, 2016. To register, visit the presenter registration page of the GARC website.
- 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 15, 2016. To register, visit the non-presenter registration page on the GARC website. Registration will help ensure seating in our facilities and refreshments for the Symposium.
See the 2016 Call for Participation for more information
2016 UK APPALACHIAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & ARTS SHOWCASE LOGISTICS
- Presenters and non-presenting attendees! Please remember to register online by February 15 at https://appalachiancenter.as.uky.edu/graduate-appalachian-research-community
- 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
· The most convenient visitor parking is located in the William T. Young Visitor Pay Lot at 401 Hilltop Ave, which is open 24 hours a day. However, the lot only has 109 spaces and is used by student patrons of the library, and fills up very quickly in the morning. You will want to arrive by 8:15am in order to snag a spot in this lot and walk to the Symposium. The walk from this lot is 0.5 miles and takes approximately 12 minutes. The rates are $2/hr with a $16 maximum exit fee. A parking map and info for this lot is found here: http://www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_lots-and-structures_wtyoung-visitor-lot
· The Sports Center Garage Parking Structure #7 is your safest bet for parking, as it has 700 spaces. It is located at 721 Sports Center Drive. It’s approximately 1 mile from the Symposium in the Law Building Courtroom, and the walk takes about 20 minutes. The lot opens at 5:00am, and visitor cars must be removed by midnight. The rate is $2/hour with a $16 maximum exit fee. A parking lot map and info for this lot is found here: http://www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_lots-and-structures_parking-structure-7
- Home2 Suites of Lexington is offering conference attendees a discounted rate of $104/night. The suites include queen beds and kitchen amenities. Home2 Suites is located at 126 East Lowry Lane, Lexington, KY 40503, and is a 9-minute drive from the South Limestone Parking Structure #5. You must use this link to book your suite at the discounted conference rate: http://home2suites.hilton.com/en/ht/groups/personalized/L/LEXMEHT-ACS-20...
- The Symposium committee is dedicated to making this conference affordable for student presenters. We are also mobilizing local students and faculty members to host presenting students in their homes who are wishing to save money. Please email Zada Komara at email@example.com if you would like to stay with a local colleague. This is a fun way to network in a new city! We will try our best to find you a local host.
- Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the Symposium on Saturday March 5th, and breakfast will be provided on Sunday March 6th. 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/