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2020 Call for Posters

“The Quest for Democracy: One Hundred Years of Struggle

2020 OHA Annual Meeting
October 21-24, 2020
Hyatt Regency
Baltimore, Maryland

The Poster Submission Portal is open.

We invite submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the Oral History Association Conference on October 21-24, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD. The session will take place on Saturday, October 24, from 10:00am to 12pm. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, The Quest for Democracy: One Hundred Years of Struggle are especially welcome, but any timely subject of interest to oral history will be considered. Inspired by the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, yet excluded African-American men and women in the Jim Crow South, the 2020 Oral History Association conference highlights the inherent challenges in forging a Democracy that gives a voice to all of its inhabitants, regardless of gender, race, economic status, undocumented status or former incarceration.  From universal suffrage to the struggle for equal rights, we encourage proposals that use oral history to illuminate the ways in which we participate in democracy, who has access to the political process, and who has historically struggled to gain such access. 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, 2020 but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

 Notification:  For proposals submitted by May 11, the primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by June 1, 2020. For proposals submitted by the deadline of July 13, submitters will be contacted no later than July 27, 2020.

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.

  • 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 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.
  • 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:

Kelly Navies, 2020 Program Co-chair, National Museum of African American History and Culture
email: naviesk@si.edu

Shanna Farrell, 2020 Program Co-chair, Oral History Center of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley
email: sfarrell@library.berkeley.edu

Dan Kerr, OHA Vice President, American University
email: kerr@american.edu

For submission inquiries or more information, contact: Faith Bagley, Program Associate, 615-898-2544, email: oha@oralhistory.org