The Ephemera Society of America (ESA) will be holding its annual three-day conference and fair at Old Greenwich, CT. in mid-March 2014, devoted to sharing and exploring various aspects of ephemera, and to buying ephemera to add to or to start collections. The first day, Friday, is devoted to presentations of papers with a specific theme and to exhibits and book signings by some of our published members and speakers. Saturday and Sunday feature a two-day ephemera fair with dealers from around the world and member forums on Sunday before the fair.
The theme for the conference is “Field to Table: The Ephemera of Food and Drink.”Our essential connection to what the earth produces, and how these sustain us is at the core of our lives. Each step of the process from the field to the table represents a different aspect of our society and its values. The ephemera of food and drink illustrates the different points of view of that story, reflecting how our society has evolved. This narrative includes survival, culinary achievement, hard work, the aesthetics of food and table presentation, balance, culture, health, satisfaction and commerce. What drives us? Our needs and initiatives, the creativity of our inventions and discoveries, our passions and resources are all involved in getting things from the field to the table. Ephemera helps us follow and understand the evolution of these comestibles and potables.
We invite you to submit ideas for presentations. Each presentation will last 30 minutes, followed by a brief Q&A. Please send presentation titles and abstracts, including the types of ephemera you propose to use to illustrate your topic, a one-paragraph bio including any affiliation, and your mailing address, phone number and e-mail address. Proposals should not exceed 250 words, and should be submitted by August 1, 2013 to Barbara Loe, Ephemera 34 Conference Chair by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Barbara Loe, Ephemera Society of America, Inc., P.O. Box 95, Cazenovia, NY 13035-0095 . Decisions and notification about proposals will be made by October. Funding is not available from ESA to support travel or presentation costs.