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Appalachian Studies
Popular Culture Association
PCA/ACA 2007 National Conference

Boston Marriott Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts, 4-7 April 2007

Appalachia was, and remains, one place where Americans' thoughts go when
they have to re-think what it means to be American. Whether it is
understood as the First Frontier, the original Old West, or an Eden
infested with the snakes of race, class, and violence, Appalachia offers
exceedingly fertile ground for popular and scholarly investigation.

Presentations covering a broad range of Appalachian culture are welcome,
as are thematic panels composed of three to four presentations. Topics may

--Appalachian music
--Appalachian writers
--Appalachia in film 
--Appalachia in television
--Gender in Appalachia
--"Fighting Back" in Appalachia
--The changing landscape of Appalachia
--Modernity and postmodernity in Appalachia
--Appalachian religions
--Defining "Appalachia" from inside and out
--The cultural identity of problematic Appalachia 
          (e.g., textile mill villages and the Piedmont)
--Creative submissions

These are just suggestions, of course; Appalachia is too diverse a region
to be shoehorned into the few categories listed above. Presentations
should last from fifteen to twenty minutes.

The Popular Culture Association will provide DVD players and televisions;
you should arrange to provide other audio-visual equipment. Proposals of
around 250 words should be emailed to Include the
proposal, along with greetings, questions, personal information, etc. in
the body of the email.


Prof. Jimmy Dean Smith             
Union College
Barbourville, KY  40906, USA
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