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Call for Papers: Open-Access, Introductory Textbook in Appalachian Studies

Appalachian Studies at Eastern Kentucky University invites contributions of original scholarly essays for an edited, open-access anthology focusing on Appalachia from an introductory, interdisciplinary perspective. To be housed in the Eastern Kentucky University’s Encompass database, this collection is the first of its kind and will provide instructors and students of Appalachian Studies everywhere with comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of Appalachian cultural, historical, and natural development.

Please consult the list of topics below and submit a 300-500 word abstract of your proposed essay to on or before December 15, 2020. The subject line of your email should say “APP textbook submission: [your category topic],” and your submission must be in MS Word. To ensure our double-anonymous review process, please omit identifying information from the document, including headers. Authors will receive notifications of acceptance in a timely manner along with guidelines for contributors.

If the abstract is accepted, the author must submit an essay that is original, not previously published, and not under simultaneous review elsewhere for publication; the completed essay length should be 3,000-5,000 words in language that is accessible to introductory college students. Submissions might also take the form of a creative piece, including poetry, short story, creative nonfiction, or other genre. For inclusion in our open-access textbook, full submissions must be sent by April 30, 2021. All submissions will be peer reviewed in a double-anonymous process before they are accepted for publication.

For further information, contact Dr. Lisa Day, Director of Appalachian Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

  • Appalachia in film and cinema
  • Appalachian ecology
  • Appalachian geography and geology
  • Appalachian literature
  • Art in Appalachia
  • Coal in Appalachia (including MTR)
  • Domestic traditions in Appalachia
  • Education in Appalachia
  • Feuds of Appalachia
  • Folklore of Appalachia
  • Foodways in Appalachia
  • Gender and sexuality in Appalachia
  • The Great Migration away from and back to Appalachia
  • History of Appalachia
  • Immigration to Appalachia
  • Intersectionality in Appalachia
  • Labor and work in Appalachia
  • Linguistics of Appalachia
  • Military service in Appalachia
  • Music in Appalachia
  • Native and Indigenous cultures of Appalachia
  • Political economy of Appalachia
  • Race and ethnicity in Appalachia
  • Religions of Appalachia
  • Social institutions in Appalachia
  • Urban Appalachia
  • Women in Appalachia



Deann Allen, PhD, Appalachian Studies, Eastern Kentucky University 

Lisa Day, PhD, Appalachian Studies and Women & Gender Studies, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, & Social Work, Eastern Kentucky University

Jacob Johnson, Editorial Assistant, Eastern Kentucky University

James Maples, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, & Social Work, Eastern Kentucky University

Valerie Miller, MA, Appalachian Studies, Eastern Kentucky University

Erin Presley, PhD, Department of English, Eastern Kentucky University

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