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2019 Call for Posters

Call for Posters
Oral History Association
2019 Annual Meeting
October 16-20, 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah

The online submission portal is available here.

The Oral History Association (OHA) is now accepting submissions for a poster session and project bazaar that will be held at the OHA Conference at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, “Pathways in the Field: Considerations for those Working In, On, and Around Oral History” are most welcome, but any timely subject of interest to oral history will be considered. Posters are often used to showcase a completed project, or to communicate ideas about research in progress.

The poster session and project bazaar provides an opportunity for informal, interactive presentations and discussions. Therefore, presenters must be available to discuss their posters and projects during the session. This is a forum for exchanging ideas, and for useful feedback and discussion. 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.  Presenters can share their work with a larger audience than is possible in a panel format. There is more time for one-to-one discussion with people interested in presenters’ research.

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.  Please provide 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 final deadline for submissions is July 8, 2019, but submitters will be notified on a rolling basis.

Notification:  For proposals submitted by May 8, 2019, the primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted by June 1. For proposals submitted by July 8, 2019, submitters will be contacted no later than August 1.

Registration: All poster and project session presenters must register 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.

Additional Notes:

  • A maximum of four presenters per poster is allowed. 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 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 for attendees who request additional information, as well as business cards.

Proposal Queries may be directed to:

Carlos Lopez, 2019 Program Co-chair
Arizona State Archives, email:

Adrienne Cain, 2019 Program Co-chair
Baylor University Institute for Oral History, email: