Appalachian Studies

Appalachian Studies

All Proposals & Abstracts Must Be Submitted Through The PCA Conference Submission page.
Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. Exceptions and rules.

Deadline for Submission: October 1, 2017.

CALL FOR PAPERS: PCA/ACA 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, IN, March 28 – March 31, 2018

The Appalachian Studies Area of the PCA/ACA National Conference seeks to further understanding of this region of the United States and its role in the geographic imagination. Presentations should be developed for a 15-minute reading.

Possible subject areas include but are not limited to the following:

  • Regional Rhetorics
  • Tourism, Culture, and Environment
  • Literature and Popular Fiction
  • Art, Photography, and Music
  • History and Economy
  • Film, Television, and other Media
  • Politics of Culture
  • Class, Gender, Race, Ethnicity

Paper proposals should include a paper title, abstract (250 words maximum), one-page CV, and notification of any audio-visual needs. Please note that overly general proposals are difficult to review; accordingly, your abstract should outline your research questions, thesis and main points, methodology, and projected conclusions. 

Instructions for and frequently asked questions about the submission database are available at

Grants: PCA/ACA offers travel grants to the conference as well as research and collections grants. Please see

Information about membership, registration, and hotel reservations can be found at under the menu title National Conference.

Inquiries may be directed to area chair:

Dr. Jessie Blackburn
Associate Professor of English
Appalachian State University