CFP: Appalachian/Carpathian International Conference, Brașov and Petroșani, Romania, October 7-11, 2019 (proposal deadline 4/1/19)

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April 1, 2019

Preliminary CALL FOR PAPERS:Appalachian/Carpathian International Conference

Making Place: Transitional and Post-Industrial Development in Mountain Communities, Brașov and Petroșani, Romania, October 7-11, 2019

We invite participation in an International Conference being supported by the Transylvania University of Brașov, Romanian--U.S. Fulbright Commission, the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and Appalachian Studies Program, Radford University, and distinguished Appalachian Studies scholars from the U.S.A. The program committee is now accepting a select number of proposals for plenary and concurrent sessions on topics ranging from cultural preservation and folklore, community development, critical representations of mountain cultures in literature and arts, creative place-making, sustainable agriculture and forestry, ecological tourism, economic diversification, and other issues related to mountain life in both the Appalachians and Carpathians.

Formats include:
* individual scholarly research papers or sessions * films, documentaries, videos, and musical performances
* roundtable conversations on contemporary issues * literary readings, plays, and poetry recitations
* photographic exhibitions, art installations

All U.S. presenters must register for the conference and pay a registration fee of $200 ($150 for students and NGO participants), which will cover local transportation costs while in Romania. Although European participants are required to pay a €160 registration fee, Romanian passport holders may attend all plenary and concurrent sessions free of charge. While conference organizers cannot directly assist with international air travel expenses, some grant monies may be made available through U.S. governmental agencies or non-profit foundations. Hotel, food, and other costs while in Romania will be kept to a minimum by the conference organizers, who have planned an overnight field trip to the Jiu Valley coalfields, including a visit to the Miner’s Museum (Muzeul Mineritului) in Petroşani, Romania.

Information about the Transylvania University of Brașov, the cities of Braşov and Petroşani, as well as international travel options and conference lodging will be made available at the end of January in the final Call for Papers document. This preliminary CFP is for planning purposes only. However, because only a limited number of sessions can be approved by the program committee, we ask that interested persons let the organizers know well in advance if they plan on submitting a paper or session proposal prior to the April 1 deadline. The program committee is also considering options for non-presenters, i.e., individuals who might be interested in participating in the conference events without officially submitting a paper or session proposal.

All proposals must be e-mailed prior to April 1, 2019 to:
Submit your proposal abstract (approx. 300 words) within the text of your email AND as a single-spaced Word attachment. Incomplete, mailed, or faxed submissions cannot be accepted. Applicants will be notified before May 1, 2019, of the committee’s final decision. An expanded CFP will be announced in mid-January.

The following information is required in the proposal:

  • Proposal category: Individual presentation or group session (enter category in the e-mail subject heading).
  • Type of Presentation: Paper/Panel/Roundtable, Film, Reading, or Musical/Dance Performance.
  • Contact information: Name(s), email address(es), and affiliation(s) of ALL participants.
  • Title of your individual paper/presentation OR session. Individual papers/presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. If you are proposing a session, include the title of each paper/presentation in the session abstract.
  • Abstract: A single-spaced abstract of 300 words describing your individual paper/presentation or session in the body of your e-mail AND attachment as a Word file. For sessions, please submit an abstract from each presenter describing the entire session. All abstracts will be published in the final conference program.
  • Media: Please list any equipment needs (computer, projector, DVD player, etc.)
Contact Info: 

Theresa L. Burriss, PhD

Program Committee Co-Chair

Appalachian Studies Faculty of Letters

Radford University

Radford, VA (USA)


Georgeta Moarcas, PhD.

Local Program Committee Chair

Transylvania University of Braşov

Braşov, Romania

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