The University of North Carolina at Asheville invites proposals for panels, papers, 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.
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.
The meeting will be held on October 27-28, 2016 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Proposals and questions should be sent to Darin Waters. Please submit proposals by September 16, 2016. Program will be announced September 30, 2016.
Darin J. Waters, PhD.