CFP: Re-Reading Appalachia: Literacies of Resistance

Re-Reading Appalachia: Literacies of Resistance

Sara Webb-Sunderhaus,
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne;

Kim Donehower, University of North Dakota

We invite previously unpublished essays that challenge earlier work and claim new paradigms for discussing the literacy beliefs and practices of Appalachians. We’re looking for qualitative pieces that add nuance and sophistication to our understanding of Appalachians and their relationships with print literacy (in both paper and digital forms). We actively seek pieces that represent Southern, Central, and Northern Appalachia, as well as diverse cultures within the region, including but not limited to Affrilachians, Latinos, Melungeons, and gays and lesbians.

We would like to include work from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as composition and rhetoric, literacy studies, education, sociology, anthropology, and linguistics. Possible approaches include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Historical analyses of Appalachian literacies and/or programs designed to teach literacy in Appalachia;
  • Research that explores the realities of Appalachian literacies against pervasive stereotypes that overlook race, class, gender, sexual orientation, or religion;
  • Analyses of the ways technologies impact, and are impacted by, Appalachian literacies;
  • Rhetorical studies of representations of Appalachian literacies within academic scholarship, the media, or popular culture;
  • Critiques of earlier works on Appalachian literacies;
  • Classroom-based research involving Appalachian students;
  • Ethnographic and other qualitative research on Appalachian literacies;
  • Analyses of educational practices, policies, and pedagogies that affect Appalachian students;
  • Arguments for new methodologies for researching and interpreting Appalachian literacies.

Please submit a CV, an abstract of no more than 500 words, and complete contact information to Sara Webb-Sunderhaus by May 26, 2011, at Feel free to contact the editors with any questions you may have about the project.

Editors’ Contact Information
Dr. Sara Webb-Sunderhaus
Department of English/Linguistics, IPFW
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260- 481-0153;

Dr. Kim Donehower      
Department of English, UND
276 Centennial Drive, Stop 7209
Grand Forks ND 58202