CFP: African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia OCT. 19-21, 2017

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 Americans in Appalachia is preferred. Asheville has a long history as a regional center for African Americans in western North Carolina. Its vibrant culture and diverse communities serve as a model for this conference, which seeks to address scholarly and community issues of both past and current significance.

The meeting will be held on October 19, 20 and 21 on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Proposals/Abstracts, not to exceed two pages, with title of paper, presenter’s name, home and Institution/organization address and E-mail should be forwarded to Darin Waters, PhD. @ (



Contact Info:

Dr. Darin J. Waters

University of North Carolina-Asheville

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