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Annual Appalachian Research Symposium

2023 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase

The University of Kentucky's Appalachian Center, Appalachian Studies Program, and the Appalachian Research Community (UK-ARC) seek to promote interdisciplinary dialogue around issues in Appalachia. We are proud to continue our symposia on Appalachia with the 2023 UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase to be held Saturday, February 25, 2023. 

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 of emerging scholars. This year’s Symposium will provide an opportunity for students to network, collaborate, learn from each other’s findings, and explore issues relevant to Appalachian communities. Students without previous presentation experience, undergraduate students, those students seeking feedback on ongoing research, and students creating performance or visual artworks related to Appalachia are strongly encouraged to participate.


Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023         Location:  Jacobs Science Building, RM 321

Theme: “Race, Space, Place - Racial Capitalism & Appalachia”

Select 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 5 pm, [EXTENDED TO FEB 10] Friday, February 3rd, 2023. Notice of submission acceptance will be emailed to the student by February 7th. To submit an abstract, please use this form:
  • Registration for is online and must be completed by 5 pm, Friday, February 10, 2023. To register, please complete this form: Registration will help ensure seating in our facilities and refreshments for the Symposium.
  • Presentation formats include:
    •      -Artistic Work: Films, music, plays, art, photography, and creative writing
    •      -Roundtable conversations on Appalachian issues
    •      -Scholarly posters
    •      -Scholarly papers and organized panels
  • Presenters should expect presentation slots to be approximately 10-15 minutes with an additional Q & A session after each panel presentation.
  • A computer and projector will be provided. If additional technology is needed please note on your registration. We cannot guarantee additional technology will be available.  
  • Participants presenting artwork must submit an abstract summarizing their work and may opt to also give a presentation about their artwork.


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.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, [EXTENDED TO FEB 10] February 3, 2023 - Presenter abstracts due
  • Friday, February 10, 2023 - Registration due for both presenters and non-presenting attendees

For further questions please contact


  • Breakfast & lunch will be provided at the symposium
  • Please note any specific dietary needs and restrictions (allergies, vegetarian, vegan, etc.) in your registration.
  • Dinner will NOT be provided.
  • Please consult our local restaurant guide or ask a local attendee restaurant recommendations!

Things To Do Around Lexington

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

  • Did you know that 95% of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky? Make a stop at a distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail! The Barrel House Distillery is also conveniently located in Lexington.
  • There are over 450 champion horse farms in Kentucky. Visit over 1,000 horses at the Kentucky Horse Park, a 20-minute drive from UK's campus.
  • As Kentucky's oldest garden cemetery and home to Henry Clay's mausoleum, the Lexington Cemetary is an excellent place to walk, jog, reflect, and watch nature. The cemetery also hosts the second-largest basswood tree in North America!
  • Famous for its world-class rock climbing, hiking, archaeological sites, natural rock bridges (Natural Bridge) and breathtaking scenery the Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest is a 1.25-hour drive south from Lexington. 
  • The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the largest surviving historic collection of dwellings built by this utopian sect and only a 35-minute drive from Lexington!
  • The Mary Todd Lincoln House Museum, the family home of the wife of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln is a great place to learn more about this famous American family!
  • Visit the UK Art Museum located in the heart of campus with FREE admission to all!
Past Symposia Programs: