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The 2018 ASALH Program Committee invites submissions for posters that address the conference theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” but any timely subject of interest to African American history will be considered. Submissions are welcome from all ASALH members, especially students and new professionals. Presenters must be available to discuss their posters and projects during the session. Poster sessions are a unique way of “highlighting” and “showcasing” community activities as we promote the study of African American history.


Poster sessions are a unique way of “highlighting” and “showcasing” community activities as we promote the study of African American history. This is a forum for exchanging innovative ideas, and for useful feedback and discussion. Viewers have an opportunity to become acquainted with new work quickly and easily and have more time to study the information and discuss it with presenters.  Posters are often used to showcase a completed project, or to communicate ideas about research in progress. Poster sessions may present any of the following:

  • a description of an innovative program
  • an examination of a practical, problem-solving endeavor
  • an explanation of a research investigation
  • novel projects or case studies
  • branch histories
  • community and/individual profiles

Conference theme

2018 theme, “African Americans in Times of War,” which commemorates the centennial of the end of the First World War in 1918 and explores the complex meanings and implications of this global struggle.  The First World War was termed initially by many as “The Great War,” “the war to end all wars,” and the war “to make the world safe for democracy,” those very concepts provide a broad, useful framework for focusing on African Americans during multiple wars—from the Revolutionary War Era to that of the present War against Terrorism. Times of War must inevitably provide the framework for many stories related to African American soldiers, veterans, and civilians. This is a theme filled with paradoxes—of valor and defeat, of civil rights opportunities and setbacks, of struggles abroad and at home, of artistic creativity and repression, and of catastrophic loss of life and the righteous hope for peace.

This theme suggests that contemporary conditions are cause for critical pause in considerations and studies. Therefore proposals can explore any of these issues: opportunities for advancement and repression during times of war; the roles of civil rights and Black liberation organizations in the struggle abroad and at home; African American businesses, women, religious institutions, the Black press; the struggle to integrate the military; experiences in the military during segregation/apartheid and integration; health development; migration and urban development; educational opportunities; veterans experiences once they returned home; how Black soldiers and/veterans are documented and memorialized within public and private spaces; the creation of African American Veteran of Foreign War posts, cultures and aesthetics of dissent; global/international discourse; impact and influence of the Pan-African Congress, the Black Power movement and the Black Panther Party; and the topographies and spaces of Black soldiers’ rebellion. These diverse stories reveal war’s impact not only on men and women in uniform but on the larger African American community.

Submission Procedures

  • All proposals must be submitted electronically to ASALH through the All Academic online system (fill out your title, affiliation, and contact information)
  • A max of four presenters per poster
  • 300-word abstract with title
    • Applicants should describe how they will present the project in a poster format what kind of visual materials they will use, for example, photographs, data samples, graphs, et cetera, and how these illustrate the project or a particular aspect of the work.

Deadlines for submission:

June 15, 2018

Review and Selection Process

The Committee will review, judge, and select abstracts using the following criteria:

  • Contribution to ASALH 2018 theme
  • Clarity of writing and organization of ideas
  • Ideas have potential to be adapted to other sites or programs
  • Creativity and originality
  • Significance for field of study


Poster Session Information

Posters typically include pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are approximately 40×32 inches. Authors are required to present their posters during scheduled times during the meeting. These presentations are more like elevator speeches that summarize the poster content with attendees that stop by the poster to view it and ask questions. Helpful tips on creating posters are available at these links:

Poster sessions cannot be used to advertise products or to display vendor items. If you are unsure if your proposal qualifies, please email the committee at If you are interested in advertising or selling items at the conference, please visit the exhibitors and advertisers page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can submit a poster session? Any individual, organization, or branch can submit a poster following the guidelines in the call. We welcome proposals from the public, scholars, researchers, and students on topics relating to the theme or on a timely subject matter. Any presenter at the ASALH Annual Meeting has to become a member and register for the conference.
  2. Will ASALH pay my travel expenses and/or registration fee to attend the Conference if I am presenting a poster? No, ASALH would not reimburse you for your travel or conference registration expenses.
  3. What if I have a conflict between my poster session presentation time and a meeting? At least one author of the poster must be present during the poster sessions. This is the opportunity to give feedback to conference attendees who stop to ask questions. Poster sessions cannot be presented unless at least one author is present during the allotted times.
  4. What happens if I have to cancel my poster session because I can’t attend the conference? Please plan on a backup person who will be able to represent your poster if an emergency arises.
  5. Can I have an Internet connection or other electrical support? If your poster session includes electrical equipment, you will need to provide your own source of power (e.g., batteries). No electrical support or Internet connections are available in the poster session area. Audio-visual presentations that include sound are not encouraged. These can be very distracting to the presenters located nearby. If you are able to supply headphones for viewers/listeners, sound is acceptable.
  6. What about simultaneous submissions? Can I submit a poster session proposal about a project for which I’ve also submitted a manuscript for publication in a journal? Yes, poster submissions for articles that have been simultaneously submitted for publication are welcomed, as long as you note the simultaneous submission in your abstract. IMPORTANT: Please note at the end of your abstract if the project has been submitted to other conferences, for publication in a journal, or has been publishedor presented before.
  7. Can I submit more than one poster? Yes, but you can only present on one.
  8. What is the difference between the ASALH Exhibit area and the ASALH Poster Session Area? The poster session area is expressly not for vendors to display or promote new products, or for organizational displays.



If you have questions about the status of your submission please email the Committee at