Political ecology has been traditionally applied in rural contexts such as Appalachia, and a glance at this year’s sessions shows that this continues to be the case.  In contrast, this panel follows a more recent trend in Anglo-American Geography to consider the politi...

Dark as a Dungeon: Coal, Cops and Cages in Central Appalachia

Judah Schept

Eastern Kentucky University

Against reliable tropes that signify difference, distance and deficiency, Central Appalachia has been central to the making of the capitalist state. While Appalachian co...

This session explores the concepts of resistance and refusal as enacted among, with, between, and for people living in and interacting with Appalachia.  Social science studies of resistance have examined the manipulation of behavior among the marginalized and “weak” in...

From the 1978 Appalachian Land Ownership Survey to the Foxfire volumes, collaborative ethnographic methods and research-based education have been hallmarks of Appalachian Studies and studies of Appalachia. Appalachian Studies is a theoretical wellspring for collaborati...

The Appalachian region is home to some of the world’s most biodiverse temperate forests (Yahner, 2000) and stewards the freshwater resources of the eastern US. Anthropogenic disturbances have degraded countless acres of forests and impaired thousands of miles of stream...

Despite the proliferation of apocalyptic renderings of the near future (e.g. Wells 2019), in recent years scholars have begun to call for greater attention to the experiments that might flourish in the midst, or in spite, of the destructive forces propelling capital ac...

November 25, 2019

"The first thing that must be understood about how Movement Scientists show up in political battlefields is that we are connectors, first-responders, and pioneers of innovative methods within the field of data science and design. We connect people to essential statisti...

The “ontological turn” in the social sciences (and beyond) complicates and challenges our understanding of the co-constitution of social natures. Rather than tracing the becoming of socionatural assemblages or actor-networks on a single ontological plane, we must inste...

As an array of infectious diseases have re-emerged or been found outside of their place of origin, talk of global pandemics has appeared in the pages of newspapers and academic journals alike. Chronic health conditions have also become more prevalent, impacting increas...


The role of philanthropy in diverse humanitarian contexts continues to rise alongside massive inequality in wealth. Corollary to neoliberal state disinvestment, corporate-backed philanthropic investments shape human experiences of risks, opportunities, and access to r...

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