Register of the Kentucky Historical Society Appalachia Special Issue Call For Papers

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Call for Papers

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Special Issue: “Beyond the War on Poverty: New Perspectives on Appalachia since 1970”

Guest Editor:

Kathryn Newfont (University of Kentucky)

The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society invites manuscript proposals for a special issue on various themes in Appalachian Studies since 1970. Appalachia has once again become a focal point in the national conversation following the 2016 presidential election and release of J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy. The issues raised have not only called into question time-worn stereotypes and debates surrounding economic, racial, and environmental concerns, but have also stirred a new outpouring of scholarship that examines Appalachia as it enters into a post-coal era. We seek essays that can offer: thoughtful perspectives on the current state of Appalachia and Appalachian Studies; ignite new conversations on regional identity, race, economic structures, and political issues; dispel common misconceptions; and chart a way forward into the twenty-first century. Authors are invited to join the conversation and submit work that focuses on the recent history of the region. Possible topics can include but are not limited to:

Gender and Labor                                      Environmental Issues

Coal mining and rural life                            Activism

Healthcare                                                  Appalachia in the media

Race                                                           Migration in/out of region

Minority groups and discrimination             LGBTQ issues

Economic diversification                             Food and culture


The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes scholarly articles examining the history of Kentucky and its people. It is published in both print form and electronically on Project MUSE and JSTOR.

Anyone interested in participating in this project should submit a manuscript by October 1, 2018.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Authors should submit manuscripts to:

Stephanie M. Lang, Ph.D.
Associate Editor, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
100 West Broadway 
Frankfort, KY 40601-1931 
502-564-1792, ext. 4403

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