APHA annual conference welcomes proposals

The American Printing History Association (APHA) and the Friends of Dard Hunter (FDH) are seeking proposals for their annual convention this October, with the deadline for submissions set for this weekend.

The theme of this year's conference will be ‘Paper on the Press’. Members of both organizations are asked to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations or 50-minute group panels. They are also looking for ideas for demonstrations of 30 or 60 minutes in length.

Topics are expected to be centered around paper and how it has been used by printers throughout history. The Association has added some more ideas for topics such as ‘The demands of the Stanhope press’, ‘The recent arrival of ‘digital’ papers’, and ‘Handmade paper in artist books’.

The American Printing History Association has members from all over the world and is dedicated to study of the history of printing and related crafts such as calligraphy, papermaking, bookbinding, and publishing. The organization publishes a journal called ‘Printing History’, hands out awards, presents fellowships and provides educational programs for those who work for graphics design and printing companies. The APHA also sponsors the Lieberman Lecture series and an oral history project. The Friends of Dard Hunter, meanwhile, concentrate on the techniques of papermaking by hand.

The 39th annual APHA and FDH Conference is taking place at the San Francisco Center for the Book from October 16 -18. Proposals will be accepted electronically in Microsoft Word format until this Saturday, March 15.

To learn more about this annual event and how to submit a proposal, visit the APHA website.