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Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature

Department of Literature and Language

Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature

Welcome to the homepage for the Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature!

Due to COVID-19, our 2020 Conference was cancelled; however, we plan to host the our tenth conference in April 2021 with the same keynote speaker, Dr. Erin Presley.

We still awarded our 2020 Achievement in Essay prizes for Undergraduate and Graduate Categories. We thank Dr. Judy Slagle for serving as our Essay judge. The winners were Kristin Lyons (ETSU) and Zoe Hester (ETSU), with Tanner Linkous (ETSU) and Rebecca Curry (MTSU) as honorable mentions. For more details about the winners and the essay prizes, please visit our Awards page.

The CFP for our 2021 conference will be posted in the fall.

The Department of Literature and Language at East Tennessee State University and King University will host the Tenth Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature, in April 2021, at East Tennessee State University. This day-long event will permit undergraduate upperclassmen and graduate students the opportunity to present their literary research to peers from colleges and universities in the southern Appalachian region, providing them professional experience as they pursue their studies.

Dr. Erin Presley

Dr. Erin Presley, Associate Professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, will serve as our keynote speaker for our 2021 conference. Her talk will be titled "Horace Kephart's Place in Appalachian Studies."  You can learn more about her on our keynote page

The SASCOL organizers intend for our participants to learn more of their options as English scholars. Being "Southern Appalachian" as a regional marker rather than a content indicator, the conference welcomes submissions addressing any area of literature. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the conference welcomes submissions from students in disciplines other than English, as long as their submissions address literature. While presentations can be about literature in languages other than English, we ask that the presentations themselves be in English. We invite students from all over our region to participate in our conference.

In addition to gaining professional experience, students will have the opportunity to enter conference papers for consideration for SASCOL Achievement in Essay Award. You can learn more about their work and get information about the 2020 competition on our awards page.

There is no registration fee for participation in this conference.

SASCOL organizers wish to express their gratitude to the Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Vice President Bert C. Bach, the Department of Literature and Language and its chair, Professor Katherine Weiss, and Dr. Brian Chisom, Associate Vice President of Roanoke College, for their continued support of this event.

For more information about SASCOL, please browse through this website; you may address other questions to Professors  and .

SASCOL
c/o Department of Literature and Language
East Tennessee State University
P. O. Box 70683
Johnson City, TN 37614

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