APHA Conference: Call for Papers

47th Annual APHA National Conference: “Making Artistic Noise: Printing and Social Activism from the 1960s to the Present”
(Los Angeles, California, 13–15 October 2022)

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 2022 annual conference in Los Angeles. The theme of this year’s conference: the social and political movements of the 1960s and 1970s that reverberated in the printing and printmaking world, inspiring artists and art collectives nationwide. An era that started with the continuing struggles of the Civil Rights Movement, the Kennedy assassination, and the explosion of youth culture gave way to the counterculture, the New Left, and Free Angela Davis campaigns. Unrest gripped America from coast to coast. In 1964, the U.C. Berkeley campus was convulsed by the Free Speech Movement, and soon African American and Chicano/a activists like the Black Panthers in Oakland and the Brown Berets in Southern California were demanding equal rights and major social change. In New York, the Stonewall riots of 1969 marked the beginning of the LGBTQ+ movement and radical feminism. The massacre of students at Kent State University in Ohio one year later sparked new waves of anti-Vietnam War protests across the nation. With these struggles came a vibrant print revolution that deployed the mimeograph machine, silk screen printing, and other cheap techniques to mass produce posters, flyers, leaflets, and other ephemera.

Proposals are due 29 April 2022. Click here to view the full call for papers and submission guidelines.