CFP: "Land, Labor, Protest," Appalachian-Carpathian International Mountain Conference, Brașov and Măgura, Romania, October 2-7, 2022 (deadline 1 June)

Katherine Ledford Announcement
Subject Fields
Area Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Geography, Humanities, Rural History / Studies

We invite participation in this recurring international mountain conference, this year supported by and held at Transylvania University of Brașov. The program committee is now accepting a select number of proposals for plenary and concurrent sessions on topics ranging from comparative historical and/or contemporary community analyses; the body in protest; community deconstruction and/or development; critical representations of mountain cultures in literature and arts; creative place-making; cultural preservation; sustainable agriculture and forestry; ethnobotany; 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 presenters must register for the conference and pay a registration fee of $250 ($200 for students, NGO participants, and honorary attendees), which will cover the following: museum fees/tours in Brasov (Sunday, October 2); conference participation and two catered lunches (Monday and Tuesday); roundtrip transportation from Brasov to Măgura; two nights’ lodging, two breakfasts, and two dinners in Măgura (Thursday and Friday mornings/Wednesday and Thursday evenings); tour of Râșnov citadel en route to Măgura (Wednesday).

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; options will be provided in the forthcoming Conference Handbook.

The program committee will consider 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. Such individuals may be partners, children, family, or friends/colleagues of conference participants.

All proposals must be e-mailed by June 1, 2022, to: AND

Submit your proposal abstract (250-300 words) within the text of your email AND as a single-spaced Word attachment. Incomplete submissions cannot be accepted. Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2022, of the committee’s final decision. Applicants must confirm conference participation by August 15, 2022.

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, Art Exhibit, Musical/Dance Performance, etc.
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 and internet needs (computer, projector, DVD player, access to internet, etc.)

Travel Information: Conference participants will fly into Aeroportul Internaţional Henri Coandă Bucureşti, the international airport in Bucharest, Romania ( Conference organizers can assist with transportation from the airport to Brașov, with participants having the option of boarding a train at the Gara de Nord//Bucharest North Train Station, or reserving a shuttle with M&M Express (, which takes travelers directly to their destination in Brașov. Conference organizers will be happy to offer advice on and assistance with any of the journey.

Transportation by vans from Brașov to Măgura and return trip will be provided by the conference organizers. They will also advise on return trips to Bucharest at the conference conclusion.


Brașov: Serving as the formal conference site, Brașov ( is the home of Transylvania University (, sponsor of the 2022 Appalachian-Carpathian International Mountain Conference. All conference proceedings will occur in the Aula.

Măgura: The fieldtrip for the 2022 conference takes place about one hour from Brasov in Măgura ( On the way there, we’ll stop in Râșnov ( to visit the citidel and eat lunch.


Conference participants have a variety of options for lodging in Brasov, from hotels to Airbnb. Also, Transilvania University is offering a limited number of dormitory rooms at no charge. Below are just a few hotel options where Theresa and/or colleagues have stayed. The staff were welcoming and helpful. A quick search on any booking site will reveal other possibilities. Please note that Transilvania University is negotiating with several Brasov hotels to secure a reduced conference rate. As soon as this is finalized, conference organizers will share with applicants. More options will be presented in the Conference Handbook.

Hotel Drachenhaus ( This charming hotel is located right off the Old City Center and is about a 20-minute walk to the conference site at Transilvania University’s Aula. Please note that most rooms are located up steep stairs, with only two rooms on street-level.

Hotel Kolping ( Resembling what Americans are more accustomed to, this lovely hotel looks out over the Old City as it is perched on the mountainside. Elevators take occupants to their rooms, although they have to climb one staircase from street-level to the reception area. Taxis are easily obtained with the hotel staff’s help. With a steep climb down when leaving the hotel, and the reverse when returning, occupants are ensured a good workout to the Old City, which is about 10 – 15 minutes away, or to the conference site, which is about 30 – 45 minutes away.

Casa Wagner ( This hotel is conveniently located right in the midst of the Old City Center and is about a 20-minute walk to the Aula, the conference site.

Contact Information

Theresa L. Burriss, PhD.

U. S. Program Committee co-Chair

Appalachian Studies

Radford University

Radford, Virginia 24142



Georgeta Moarcas, PhD.

Local Progam Committee Chair

Faculty of Letters

Transylvania Univeristy of Brașov

Brașov, Romania 500030

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