Tuesday, November 16, 2004

CFP: 2005 SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)

CFP: 2005 SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)
Conference Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Conference Date: July 14-17, 2005
Deadline: November 30, 2004

Full Call for Papers: http://www.dal.ca/~sharp05/call.html
For details of the conference see www.dal.ca/SHARP2005
Organization Web site: http://sharpweb.org/

SHARP is the leading international scholarly association for historians of print culture, consisting of more than 1,200 book historians world-wide. Its focus is on "the creation, dissemination, and reception of script and print, including newspapers, periodicals and ephemera." Members work in a wide variety of different disciplines both inside and outside the academy. The annual conferences, which alternate between North America and Europe, are noted for their stimulating discussions, vibrant keynote addresses, and memorable activities.

The Halifax conference will be open to both individual papers, combined into sessions by the program committee, and to complete sessions organized and proposed by members. As is the SHARP custom, each paper will be twenty minutes in length, followed by discussion, and each session will be one hour and a half in duration.

Presenters must be members of SHARP (at least one author of each co-authored paper proposal must be a member) or must join SHARP at the time of submission of proposals. Further details about SHARP and membership can be found at the web address shown below. Papers on any aspect of book history and print culture may be proposed.

The conference theme "Navigating Texts and Contexts" suggests that examinationof the varieties of the relationship between texts and contexts would be welcome. In addition, because Halifax is located at one point of what a Canadian historian described as "The North Atlantic Triangle" (Britain, France and North America), papers on aspects of the book trade in that region would be appropriate.

SHARP makes available a small number of travel grants to graduate students and to independent scholars. If you wish to be considered for such a grant, please state this when submitting your proposal, along with a rationale for the request.