My name is Tina A. Irvine, and I am a historian of the modern U.S. with specialties in the South and Appalachia. I hold a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania. I am currently an Assistant professor of history at Indiana University and the assistant editor at the Journal of American History.
I plan to attend the SHA 2022 annual meeting, which will be held in Baltimore, MD from November 10-13, 2022. The conference theme is "Southern History Now! Upheavals, Reckonings, and Reimaginings."
I would like to propose a full panel centered around an overarching theme that plays off the conference theme itself: "Appalachian Upheaval, Reckoning, and Reimaginings.”
This theme could lend itself well to papers set in any time period that examine any aspect of Appalachian history. My personal philosophy of Appalachian history is that it is done best when it thinks about the region in a larger, broad southern context, or even a national one. My paper will take that approach; it focuses on outsiders’ construction of Appalachian mountain whites as a biological “American type” and culturally distinct “American folk” in the 1920s. Papers that would go well with this theme might include those that think about Black Appalachia (it is not the white region people so often say it is!), migrations, labor, unions, or other cultural work in and on the region’s people.
Graduate students, early-career scholars, and independent historians are welcome. The deadline to submit proposals is September 15, 2021, so please contact me before this date if you are interested in forming a panel.
Tina A. Irvine