Call for Papers | Ephemera 40: Women Challenging Expectations | The Ephemera Society of America Annual Conference, Greenwich, CT, March 27, 2020

There are countless stories of women who have challenged social expectations to accomplish great things in the arts, humanities, medicine, science, sports, politics and the military. Ephemera 40 will focus on the accomplishments of such women around the world and over the centuries contributions to society that have all too often been overlooked.

Ephemera 40, the Ephemera Society of America (ESA) annual conference, will take place in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 27, 2020. Each speaker will cover a topic on women’s accomplishments, relying heavily on tangible ephemera — advertisements, broadsides, correspondence, posters, tickets, menus, programs, pamphlets, etc.— to illustrate their subject.

We invite you to submit proposals for presentations. Each presentation will be 30 minutes in length, followed by a brief Q&A. Please submit the following:

    • Presentation title and a written abstract, focusing on the way ephemera tells the story of your chosen topic. Please describe the specific types of ephemera you will use to illustrate your topic. Proposals should not exceed 150 words.
    • 5 to 6 representative ephemera images
    • A one-paragraph biography, including any affiliations
    • Mailing address, phone number and e-mail address

Following a review of all proposals received, finalists will be asked to submit the following:

Decisions and notification about proposals will be made by October 31, 2019. Presenters will be requested to sign a release at the time of acceptance allowing their presentation to be filmed for use by the ESA.

If selected, a draft PowerPoint presentation must be submitted by February 28, 2020. The final presentation must be submitted by March 16, 2020. Presentations must include 25 or more ephemera images. At this time, funding is unavailable from ESA to support travel or presentation costs.

The Ephemera Society is eager to expand the use of ephemera in the classroom, and we encourage presentations on all subjects addressing the use of ephemera in teaching and academic research. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals for the Young Scholars Panel to be held on Thursday, March 26th. For more information, please see “Young Scholar Projects” under the “Conference” tab on our website:

20 to 25 images of the types of ephemera that will be used to illustrate your talk
A jpg photograph of yourself for publicity purposes

Proposals must be submitted by July 15, 2019 to Barbara Loe, Ephemera 40 Conference Chair, by e-mail at or by post to Barbara Loe, Ephemera Society of America, Inc., P.O. Box 95, Cazenovia, NY 13035-0095.

Contact Info: Barbara Loe, Ephemera 40 Conference Chair

Ephemera Society of America, Inc., P.O. Box 95, Cazenovia, NY 13035-0095.
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