Annual Appalachian Research Symposium

2017 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase

Appalachian Inheritance: Legacies and Futures

Saturday/Sunday, February 18-19, 2017

University of Kentucky
College of Law Courtroom
620 South Limestone 
 
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT, JANUARY 20, 2017.  ALL PRESENTERS AND NON-PRESENTING ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER ONLINE BY FEBRUARY 6th.
 

***2017 PROGRAM COMING SOON***

 
See 2017 Call for Participation for complete information.
 
 
 

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, Friday, January 20, 2017. Notice of submission acceptance will be emailed to the student on January 25. To submit the abstract, fill out the abstract subsmission form.
  • Registration for presenters is online and must be completed by midnightMonday, 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.

Important Dates:

·      Friday, January 20,  2017: Presenter abstracts due
·      Monday, February 6, 2017: Registration due for both presenters and non-presenting attendees
 
For further questions please contact GARC Symposium Co-chairs Leah Vance or Olivia Spradlin at ukgarc@gmail.com.  

 

2017 UK APPALACHIAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM & ARTS SHOWCASE LOGISTICS

REGISTRATION:

  • 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:

DINING:

  • 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:

 
Past Symposium Programs:
 

 

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