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The symposium, organized by VEKAM, is going to assess the relevant and significant researches and studies that have been undertaken both in Turkey and abroad up to the present time.


Ankara, 25-27, 2018.


“Ephemera”—the plural form of “ephemeron”—is derived from the Greek word ephemeros meaning “lasting only one day”. Maurice Rickards, who—as an outcome of the ephemeral materials that he gathered for his collection and the research which he undertook throughout the 20th century—paved the way for the recognition of ephemera studies as an emergent academic discipline, defined “ephemera” as “the minor transient documents of everyday life.” Several printed documents like newspapers and magazines, cinema tickets, theater programs, leaflets, broadsides, posters, music sheets, chocolate cards, fez labels, calendars, business cards, match boxes, postcards, restaurant menus and even seed packets are all assessed within the scope of the transiency of printed ephemera. Despite the fact that this impermanence may have predicted the ultimate outcome of ephemera as “rubbish”, today these documents are all regarded as valuable, permanent and significant reference guides that are waiting to be discovered since they reveal the noteworthy economic, cultural, political, social and technological developments and changes of the time periods to which they belong.

The international scientific committee of the symposium has decided to concentrate on 6 different themes during the event.

  • Information and Document Management & Ephemera
  • Urban Studies & Ephemera
  • Collectors, Museology & Ephemera
  • Cultural Studies & Ephemera
  • Art & Ephemera
  • History Writing & Ephemera


Authors should upload their abstracts in English or Turkish to the Proceeding Management System by January 19, 2018.

On the online system, authors are expected to select the theme to which they will contribute, and the theme number should also be stated under the title of the paper.

The scope and aim of research, methodology and results of research should be clearly mentioned in abstracts and should have 150 words (min) to 300 words (max). To define the research 5 to 7 keywords should be used.

Abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee and accepted papers will be announced until March 9, 2018.

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