Call for Papers & Workshops
The American Printing History Association welcomes proposals in three
areas for its 2005 annual conference, [r]Evolution in Print: New Work in
Printing History & Practice. The conference will be held in the San
Francisco Bay Area on September 22-23, 2005; the main proceedings will
take place on Friday, September 22, at Mills College in Oakland. Geoffrey
Nunberg, Stanford University linguist and Fresh Air commentator, will
deliver the keynote address. Full conference details will be available at
the American Printing History Association website,
Papers. Papers are encouraged on a broad range of subjects relating to the
history of printing, in America and elsewhere across the world. Topics of
interest might include the current letterpress revival; the history of
typography and graphic design; printing along the Pacific Rim; histories
of comics, zines, graphic novels and street literature; contemporary
commercial print technologies; the end of ink on paper?; radical printing
and the counterculture; and of course any new work in printing history.
Papers will be 20 minutes in length, with groups of three papers forming a
panel. Questions will be welcomed from the audience once the papers have
been delivered. Proposals for a panel of papers are welcome; please
contact the Program Chair for guidelines. All proposals should list
specific equipment needs such as slide and digital projectors, monitors,
Workshops. Workshop and demonstration possibilities include techniques for
photopolymer, digital applications for use with paper and cuts,
traditional tooling for bookbinding, and other traditional and
experimental studio techniques. Workshops and demonstrations will be from
1 to 2 hours in length qyand should not rely on the use of printing
presses or other major equipment. However, specific equipment needs or
requests should be outlined in the proposal, including the use of computer
technologies, polymer platemaker, small binding equipment and the like.
The conference will offer a materials preparation fee of up to $200. for
these workshops. Student assistance will be available at the conference.
Panels. Proposals are welcome for an informal moderated general
interest panel of from one to one-and-a-half hours. This format would
consist of a small number (3-5) members plus a moderator. Topics might
include strategies for incorporating printing history into a range of
academic and studio curriculums; informal discussions of topics such as
the history of radical printing in the Bay Area; or a discussion about
the current state and future potential of printing technology and its
impact on print. Panels will be expected to encourage significant
audience discussion. Please note that this is a less structured format
than the panels of papers mentioned above under Papers.
Proposals, which should include the title of the presentation and contact
information, should not exceed one page. Please include a short
biographical statement with your submission.
All presenters must have current APHA membership at the time of conference
March 15, 2005: Contact Program Chair with ideas for informal moderated
April 15, 2005: Paper and workshop proposals due.
Program announcements are expected around May 31, 2005.
Electronic (preferred) or hard copy submissions will be accepted. Email
proposals (Word document file or text) to apha2005@...
proposals to Kathleen Walkup, Book Arts, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland CA
94613; fax if necessary to 510 430 3314 with a cover sheet.
Apart from its conference, APHA supports research and scholarship through
its journal Printing History, publications, an oral history project, and a
fellowship program. The association, founded in 1974, encourages the
preservation of printing artifacts and source materials for printing
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