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2018 Call for Posters

Oral History in Our Challenging Times
Oral History Association
2018 Annual Meeting
October 10-14, Montreal, Canada

We invite submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the Oral History Association Conference at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada from October 10-14, 2018. The session will take place on Saturday, October 13. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Oral History in Our Challenging Times” are especially welcome, but any timely subject of interest to oral history will be considered. Presenters must be available to discuss their posters and projects during the session.

The poster session and project bazaar provides an opportunity for informal, interactive presentations and discussions. This is a forum for exchanging innovative ideas, and for useful feedback and discussion. Presenters can share their work with a larger audience than is possible in a panel format. Viewers have an opportunity to become acquainted with new work quickly and easily and have more time to study the information and discuss it with presenters.  There is more time for one-to-one discussion with people interested in presenters’ research than in a typical panel session. Posters are often used to showcase a completed project, or to communicate ideas about research in progress.

Submission requirements: Proposals should include a title and a description of how the poster or project relates to the theme. Abstracts can be up to 250 words.  Posters and projects are a visual medium, so please provide some information about how the display will convey information visually. Because OHA evaluates only the abstract in its decision, be sure that it clearly conveys the purpose of your presentation. The deadline for submissions is July 13, 2018, but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

Notification:  For proposals submitted by May 15, the primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by June 1, 2018. For proposals submitted by the deadline of July 13, submitters will be contacted no later than Aug 1.

Registration: All poster and project session presenters must register and pay for the conference.  Presenters must be present to answer questions during this session.

Poster requirements: Posters should be eye-catching, visual representations of a topic. An effective poster presentation highlights, with a visual display, the main points or components of a project. Text and images should be large enough to be seen from a distance of several feet. Exact size and technical specifications will be distributed when presenters are informed of their acceptance.  Printed posters and digital and multimedia displays are welcome.  Electricity and internet access will be available. Posters in French and Spanish will also be welcome.

  • A maximum of four presenters per poster is best. Presenters should prepare short summaries of the project and be prepared to answer questions.
  • Each poster will be assigned a table-top space within an exhibit hall where presenters will display and discuss their presentation. Presenters should bring their own laptops and their own supplies, including pins, tacks, or other material to mount their displays on the display board provided, or have their displays already mounted on their own poster board which they can display on the table top.
  • Presenters are also encouraged to bring handouts or other supplementary materials, a sheet to record contact information for attendees who request additional information, and business cards.


Proposal Queries may be directed to:

Steve Estes, 2018 Program Co-chair
Sonoma State University, email:

Amy Starecheski, 2018 Program Co-chair
Columbia University Oral History MA Program, email:

Natalie Fousekis, 2017-2018 OHA Vice-President
Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History, email: