“Visualizing Appalachia”

Appalachian Studies in the Digital Age

12-13 April 2018

Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, Ohio

 

Welcome

We are eager to extend a warm welcome as you arrive in Portsmouth for the Symposium on Appalachian Studies in the Digital Age, April 12-13, 2018. We have an exciting program planned around the theme—“Visualizing Appalachia.”

Intense media coverage, academic knowledge-building, and popular image-production conceptualize and visualize the Appalachian region, but seldom do these processes involve the sort of accurate, diverse, and nuanced engagements that we hope to advance in part through our event.  Of particular interest for this gathering is the challenge that may be posed to mainstream narratives and perspectives through the digital humanities and digital arts.

In addition to Roger May’s keynote address on photographing and photographs of Appalachia and a screening of Elaine Sheldon’s Oscar-nominated Netflix Original documentary, Heroin(e), the conference will feature a series of plenary sessions that exam the depiction of Portsmouth and the larger Appalachian region in the age of Facebook, Netflix, and Trump.

The mixed-genre, interdisciplinary sessions will draw on everything from history and literature to music and storytelling. The symposium will also feature an array of individual and group presentations including academic papers, panels, workshops, readings, films, performances, an art installation, and an historic driving tour.

Join us at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, and help us celebrate the launch of a new 15-Credit Hour Certificate in Digital Appalachian Studies. Beginning in the fall of 2018, Shawnee State will begin offering courses for a new digital humanities certificate program that focuses on the region of Appalachia.  We look forward to the program’s inaugural symposium and are so glad you are joining us for a two-day exploration of Appalachian Studies in the Digital Age.

While you are in Portsmouth and attending sessions remember to post your photographs to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags: #digitalappalachia #portsmouthohio #asda2018

Once again, welcome to Portsmouth, Ohio, and Shawnee State University.

See you soon!

Andrew Feight, Symposium Director

Janet Feight, Program Coordinator

Thomas Bunting, Registration and Local Arrangements

 

Registration

Attendees (including presenters) are to register online in advance to secure a discounted rate of $30. All students must register, but may attend for free. Registration includes continental breakfast on Friday morning.

The deadline for pre-paid registration is April 6th.

The plenary sessions, screening of Heroin(e), and Roger May’s keynote address are all free and open to the general public. No reservations required.

All workshops and the historic tour of Shawnee State Forest are by reservation only. Please reserve a seat in advance while submitting your registration. If openings are available, late, on-site registration for workshops and tour will be allowed at Check-In.

Click here for —> Online Registration via Shawnee State University’s CashNet

Late/on-site registration of $40 will be open, 8:00 -10:00 am on Thursday, April 12th.

If you need assistance or have problems with your registration, please contact Event Planning at 740-351-3390.

Directions to Portsmouth, Ohio

Shawnee State University is located in Portsmouth on the Ohio River at the intersection of of US-23 and US-52.  We are roughly 90 miles from Cincinnati and Columbus and consider Ashland, Ironton, and Huntington to be our sister cities in the WV-KY-OH tri-state region.

Point your GPS or mapping app to Shawnee State University, 940 Second Street, Portsmouth, OH 45662.

Registration and Check-in will be in the Rita Morris University Center, beginning at 8:00am on the mornings of April 12th and 13th.

Parking

Presenters and attendees are directed to the University Center Parking Lots.  Additional parking may be found at the public parking lot at the corner of 4th and Gay Streets.

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Session Schedule

Thursday, April 12

Check-In

8:00-10:00 am

Location: East Ballroom, Rita Rice Morris University Center

Art Installation:  Canaries in the Coal Mine: Escaping the Opioid Crisis.

Location: Rita Rice Morris University Center, 2nd Floor

Symposium goers are invited to view a special art installation, “Canaries in the Coal Mine: Escaping the Opioid Crisis,” which showcases the work of local artists addressing their personal struggles with addiction and recovery.

  • Project Director:  Whitney Folsom-Lecouffe, Counselor at Ascend Counseling and Recovery Services

Session 1.1: Data and the Digital Divide

10:00-11:15 am

Location: Massie Hall Room 108

  • Convener, Chris Shaffer, Director of Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs, Shawnee State University
  • “The technology divide between Appalachian and non-Appalachian students in a small public Appalachian university,” Jim Reneau, Associate Professor of Business, Shawnee State University
  • “Our Data/Our Future,” Chris Shaffer, Director of Institutional Research and Sponsored Programs, Shawnee State University
  • “Visualizing the Digital Divide: Using GIS Mapping to Accurately Visualize Broadband and Wireless Network Access,” Joachim Bean, The Ohio State University

Session 1.2: Documentary Preview – A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun

10:00-11:15 am

Location: Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Room 218

  • Convener:  Andrew Feight, Professor of American History, Shawnee State University
  • Meg Hanrahan, Filmmaker, Meg Hanrahan Media

Dr. Lucy Braun, the pioneering Appalachian forest ecologist, should be better recognized for her role as an important 20th century scientist and a tireless advocate for preservation. Besides telling her story, the film project documents important history in ecology, tells the tale of the fate of many of our virgin forests, and illustrates the rewards of successful preservation of natural spaces.

Session 2.1: Mapping Contexts

11:30am-12:45 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 244

  • Convener, Mich Nyawalo, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University
  • “Storytelling with Archives,” Beth Jane Toren, West Virginia University
  • “‘Syllabusing’: Mapping Appalachian Texts onto a World Literature Curriculum,” Mich Nyawalo, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University

Session 2.2: Creative Voices

11:30am-12:45 pm

Location: Smith Coffee House in Morris University Center

  • Convener, Neil Carpathios, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University
  • “’Fairies’ in Appalachia (The Power of Poetry and Narratives),” Bennie Blevins, Writer/Instructor, Shawnee State University
  • “Readings from Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015),” Neil Carpathios, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University

Session 3.1: “Walk Your Camera”:  Photography Workshop with Roger May

1:00-2:15 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 108

  • Convener: Roger May, Photographer

Roger May will discuss his regular practice of photography, when he uses his smartphone and when he uses his DSLR camera. Participants in the workshop will discuss selection of documentary subject matter and the power images have in challenging or reinforcing stereotypes of the Appalachian region. After a few technical and stylistic pointers, workshop participants will go out into the city of Portsmouth to “walk their camera” and post images to social media, with the hashtags:  #digitalappalachia #portsmouthohio.#asda2018

Check out the official symposium photo stream on Instagram and post your photos of the symposium, campus, and city with hashtags.  

Seating is limited and advanced registration required.

Session 3.2: Appalachian Subjects in Film and Photography

1:00-2:15 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 207

Convener: Janet Feight, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University

  • “Faces of Appalachia: The Historical Photographs of Albert J. Ewing,” Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection
  • “He Laughs Best Who Laughs Last: Class and Comedy in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky (2017),” Tom Piontek, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University

Session 4: Slatterns, Mamas, and Jailbait:  Using Photography and Writing to Subvert Stereotypes of Appalachian Women

2:30-3:45 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 207

Depictions of Appalachia, long reliant on reductive representations of ignorance and deviance often categorize Appalachian women into binaries of seductress and victim, asexual mama or concupiscent breeder. These portrayals demand resistance from Appalachian artists interested in emphasizing their subjects’ agency.  This panel will view Appalachian women through an interdisciplinary lens of photography and creative writing in order to reclaim and redefine narratives of the “hillbilly” woman.

  • Convener: Janet Feight, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University
  • Barbara Wilson-Battles, Writer/Instructor, Shawnee State University
  • Michael Adkins, Photographer/Writer, Huntington, WV
  • Elizabeth Tussey, Writer, Salem, Ohio

 

 

Session 5: Plenary I – Visualizing Portsmouth: Local Photography & Images of the River City

4:00-5:15 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 204

Roy Green, Eli Allen, Michael Toller, Toni Dengel, and Andrew Feight have been photographing Portsmouth, Ohio, for last twenty-plus years.  Offering images that counter well-worn depictions of Portsmouth and the larger Appalachian region that appear in national and international media outlets, the work of these photographers illustrate the role that local artists play in documenting the city and the life of the community.  

  • Convener:  Andrew Feight, Ph.D., Professor of American History, Shawnee State University
  • Toni Dengel, Photographer, Scioto Foundation
  • Michael Toller, Photographer, “Views of Portsmouth”
  • Eli Allen, Photographer, Scioto County Genealogical Society
  • Roy Green, Photographer

Session 6: Scioto Songwriters Sampler (off campus-Port City)

5:30-7:00 pm

Location: Port City Pub, Main Stage

  • Convener: Michael Barnhart, Professor of Music and Media, Shawnee State University

A selection of regional singer/songwriters will be assembled. Each will perform a couple of their original songs, discussing their inspiration and methods, as well as the challenges, rewards and peculiarities of working in the region. Each presenter will have 10-15 minutes with a similar length period for questions at the end to be posed by the moderator as well as the audience.

Session 7: Screening of the Netflix Original Short Documentary, “Heroin(e)”

7:30-9:30 pm

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library Room 204

Convener: Cody Leightenheimer, Vocational Specialist, The Counseling Center


Session Schedule

Friday, April 13

Breakfast & Check-In

8:00-10:00 am

Location: East Ballroom, Rita Morris University Center

Art Installation:  Canaries in the Coal Mine: Escaping the Opioid Crisis.

Location: Rita Rice Morris University Center, 2nd Floor

Symposium goers are invited to view a special art installation, “Canaries in the Coal Mine: Escaping the Opioid Crisis,” which showcases the work of local artists addressing their personal struggles with addiction and recovery.

  • Project Director:  Whitney Folsom-Lecouffe, Counselor at Ascend Counseling and Recovery Services

 

Historical Tour:  “Ohio’s Little Smokies”:  Driving Tour of Historic Shawnee State Forest

8:30am-12:15 pm

Location for pickup: Vern Riffe Center Lobby

 

Convener:  Andrew Feight, Developer and Editor of Scioto Historical

This tour will explore the history of state and federal conservation efforts in the region that began in the early 1920s with the creation of Roosevelt Game Preserve and the Shawnee State Forest.  This tour will demonstrate the uses of Scioto Historical, a free educational app and website for the study of Southern Ohio history. Tour will occur rain or shine; please plan accordingly. In the case of inclement weather, tour may be rescheduled or canceled.

  • Derrick Parker, Ohio History Service Corps Community Surveyor (AmeriCorps), Ohio History Connection
  • Jenny Richards, Park Naturalist, Shawnee State Park

Seating is limited and advanced registration required.

Session 8.1: Shawnee State Student Panel on Appalachian Literature

10:00-11:15 am

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 207

  • Convener: Janet Feight, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Prize Recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Appalachian Studies Award

Session 8.2: Industrial Appalachia – Past and Present

10:00-11:15 am

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 205

  • Convener: Carl Hilgarth, Professor Emeritus, Shawnee State University
  • “An Aerial View of the Fracking Revolution: A Photo Essay,” Walter E. “Ted” Auch, Ph.D.,The FracTracker Alliance
  • “The Industrial Archeology of the Ohio River Valley circa 1750-1870,” Carl Hilgarth, Professor Emeritus, Shawnee State University

Session 9: Appalachia and the “Trump Era”:  Image, Reality, and a “New Politics” in Eastern Kentucky

11:30am-12:45 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 207

  • Convener, Tom Kiffmeyer, Professor of History, Morehead State University
  • Henry Clay Adkins, Morehead State University
  • Mitch Smith, Morehead State University

Session 10.1: Documentary Screening – Cheshire, Ohio: An American Coal Story in 3 Acts

1:00-3:00 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library 207

Cheshire, Ohio is a feature length documentary film about a town in Southeastern Ohio that has struggled with years of pollution problems from the enormous coal fired power plant next door. This documentary tells the story from the perspective of residents, environmental lawyers and workers at the plant.

  • Convener: Janet Feight, Associate Professor of English, Shawnee State University
  • Eve Morgenstern, Director
  • Jennifer Harrison, Gallia County Resident

Session 10.2: Digital Tools for Youth Media Education Workshop

1:00-2:15 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 244

  • Convener: Tammy Clemons, University of Kentucky

This interactive workshop will discuss and explore critical approaches to the digital humanities and will provide a sample demonstration of some practical activities and tools that can be incorporated into youth media education programs, curricula, and best practices. Skills and resources will focus on issues of “digital citizenship” such as artistic integrity/fair use, media literacy, information credibility, personal safety, digital privacy/online security, and online organizing/collaboration. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal mobile devices for an interactive walk-through of some resources for integration into youth-focused and/or arts-related education. Participants will also share their knowledge about different digital tools and their own teaching, artistic media, and social change approaches.

Seating is limited and advanced registration required.

Session 11: Readings from “Forbidden Twin” – Memorial in Honor of Tom Bridwell

2:30-3:45 pm

Location: Clark Memorial Library Room 205

  • Convener:  Andrew Feight, Professor of American History, Shawnee State University
  • Brian Richards, Writer/Instructor, Shawnee State University
  • Ronny Richards, Writer/Farmer, Retired Carpenter, Upper Twin Creek Resident

 

Session 12: Plenary II – Visualizing Appalachia in the Digital Age

4:00-5:15 pm

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library Room 204

  • Convener: Andrew Feight, Professor of American History, Shawnee State University
  • Roger May, Photographer
  • Jack Shuler, Professor of English, Denison University
  • Doug Swift, Director

Session 13: Keynote with Roger May –  “How to Get Home Again”

7:00-8:30 pm.

Location: Flohr Lecture Hall, Clark Memorial Library Room 204

Sponsors & Acknowledgements

The symposium is made possible in part through a grant from the Steven A. Hunter Appalachian Legacy Project of the Shawnee State University Development Foundation.  Additional support was provided by Jeff Bauer, Vice-President and Provost for Academic Affairs and Roberta Milliken, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Shawnee State University. Additional funding for our keynote speaker and plenary discussion sessions was made available through the Jane M.G. Foster Distinguished Lecture Series and a generous donation from George White, M.D., of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Special thanks to the program committee:  Michael Barnhart, Thomas Bunting, Andrew Feight, Janet Feight, Whitney Folsom-Lecouffe, and Mich Nyawalo. Additional thanks to graphic designer Kaleb Kendall and the event support services of Mistie Spicer, Brittany Bazler, and Jennifer Schackart.