As discussed in a previous post, the experience of Wales as it transitions from coal can offer important insights for Appalachia. The Appalachian State University’s Center for Appalachian Studies will explore this topic in an upcoming symposium, “Appalachia and Wales: Coal and After Coal,” to be held on October 14-16 in Boone, North Carolina.
From the Center’s news release:
Today, Appalachia and Wales are each witnessing massive change. While the Appalachian coalfields are under assault through mountaintop removal mining, coal mines in Wales were essentially closed in the 1980s. For almost a quarter century, Wales has experimented with economic, political, and environment strategies to utilize new energy sources and to rebuild communities and local economies.
“Appalachia and Wales: Coal and After Coal” will consider the common experiences of the past and potential paths to the future, including lessons to be gleaned from Wales. During the symposium, a range of scholars, artists, and activists will provide an interdisciplinary view of how issues relating to how coal, climate change, economy and technology have shaped the coalfields of South Wales and Appalachia. Participants will discuss how the culture of each place can bind communities together through times of transition, and provide a foundation for sustainable economic development.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, click here.