Technologies of the Book

deadline for submissions: 
November 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

We are pleased to announce the 25th annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). SHARP 2017: “Technologies of the Book,” will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from Friday, June 9th to Monday, June 12th, 2017. SHARP 2017 will take place in conjunction with the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI;, which runs from June 5th-9th and June 12th-16th 2017.

Technologies of the book have been shifting, multiplying, and evolving for centuries. In Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order, 1450–1830, David McKitterick wrote: “each new technology does not replace the previous one. Rather, it augments it, and offers alternatives” (2003, 20). Media theorist Lisa Gitelman reminds us in Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents that “The meanings of media are not prescribed, we know, but rather evolve amid the conditions of use” (2014, 137). In Reading, Writing, Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound (2014), Lori Emerson characterizes this process as “readingwriting” when the conditions of use are digital—that is, one simultaneously inscribes and creates while navigating online or electronic media environments: writing while reading, and vice versaThe SHARP 2017 theme, “Technologies of the Book,” aims to encapsulate the long history of technological transformations of authoring, reading, and publishing, as well as the book’s longstanding role as a technology, and the evolving ways that individuals interact with medias. How can we examine the book’s past, present, and future through the conceptual framework of technologies?

The Call for Proposals is now available. Please find the submission guidelines and form linked here: