Conference Overview

                     

The Fifth Annual African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference offers scholars and the community an opportunity to address the African American experience in Southern Appalachia. 

The conference is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.


Call For Proposals


The University of North Carolina Asheville invites proposals for panels, papers, presentations, posters, and roundtables on the African American experience in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia. Presentations from a variety of disciplines—including sociology, history, anthropology, literature, and others—on western North Carolina will be prioritized, but scholarship on all Southern Appalachian communities will be considered. Our goal is to provide an open forum for scholars to engage each other and our community on the vital issues facing Appalachian communities of color.

This year’s conference provides a platform for a variety of themes, such as visibility, race in education, and social justice, to be explored.  The conference will also continue its tradition of highlighting regional African American culture.

The African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference began in 2014. It offers scholars and the community an opportunity to meet and discuss issues related to the African American experience in western North Carolina. Original scholarship that sheds new light on the African American experience is preferred. Asheville has a long history as a regional center for African Americans in this region. Its vibrant culture and diverse communities serve as a model for this conference, which hope to integrate scholarly and community engagement on issues of past and current significance.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM. 

On-line submission: Proposals should be submitted through the PKP Ramsey Open Access Journals System: http://libjournals.unca.edu/index.php/aainwnc

Please submit the following:

  • Cover sheet:
    • Cover sheet should be on a separate sheet, and should contain the title of the paper, the author's name, and the author's institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and contact phone number.
  • Abstract:
    • Abstract should be attached to the paper, should be one paragraph, double-spaced, no more than 300 words.

Questions and/or concerns should be sent to Dr. Darin Waters at darinwatersphd@gmail.com.

SELECTED APPLICANTS AND PROGRAMING TO BE ANNOUNCED ON
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 by 5:00 PM 

Schedule of Events

Additonal information will be announced on Friday, September 14, 2018. 

Directions to Events Location

Additonal information will be announced on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Learn More

For more information and event updates, visit our Annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Facebook event.