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2024 Conference

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is thrilled to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special hybrid conference, “APHA @ 50: Printing History Past, Present and Future”. Taking place primarily in New York City, the conference will include curated in-person and live-streamed events in the city and elsewhere, with virtual-only papers and panels scheduled throughout the weekend.

The conference theme will explore the ever-evolving story of print across time. We welcome proposals that examine printing and its history and study, especially over the fifty years since APHA was founded in 1974. Potential topics include:

This conference welcomes everyone with a passion for printing and book history, including seasoned scholars, librarians and archivists, conservators, students, and hobbyists. Submissions are encouraged from people of all backgrounds, including established academics, early career professionals, and independent scholars. We believe diverse perspectives enrich the conversation, so please do not hesitate to submit your work regardless of institutional affiliation or academic status. We will consider individual and group presentations.

Our hybrid format maximizes participation and accessibility. Present your research virtually and connect with a global audience, and join us in-person for select events in New York City and elsewhere (streamed live online as well). While most presentations will be virtual, keep an eye out for exciting in-person opportunities.

Proposals are due by Friday, July 5, 2024. Proposals will be evaluated based on their originality, clarity, relevance to the conference theme, and potential to stimulate discussion.

Proposal and Submission Guidelines

We are soliciting proposals for 20-minute individual presentations or 50-minute group panels of three or four speakers. You will receive a timely acknowledgment that your proposal has been received. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please send e-mail proposals as attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF format to:

All proposals must include the following: name(s) of presenter(s) (if proposing a group panel, include names of all group participants); contact information (mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address); short biography (100 words maximum for each participant); title of presentation or panel; and abstract (500 words maximum).

We look forward to celebrating fifty years of APHA with you!