18-21 July 2013: 21st Annual SHARP Conference, Philadelphia, PA

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Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
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The Call For Papers is now open for proposals for papers, panels and pre or post conference workshops.

The Conference will held in Philadelphia from July 18 to 21, 2013.

The theme for the 21st annual SHARP conference is Geographies of the Book. It can be approached from at least three perspectives:

1. Recent developments that take particular texts and use them to construct multiple histories including, but not limited to, the circulation of books, the plurality of interpretations and uses of the texts, and the forms of domination and resistance within the political and social spheres made possible by the written word.

2. Case studies exploring geographies of books and geographies within books. Geographies of books can refer to the role of the author, the history of publishing (including pirated editions and false imprints), the book trade (circulation of print, within cities, countries, and across continents), and the translation/transformation of texts into other languages, other forms (adaptations, abridgements, epitomes), and other genres (histories into plays, poetry into prose). Or the subject of the geography of reading might also be contemplated.

3. Geographies within books may invoke imaginative topographies or journeys within fictional works, the place of maps and images in travelogues and novels, or the circulation of type and ornament between print shops and cities, and variations or similarities in the regional or national habits of printers and compositors. Tensions between the universal diffusion of printing and its local instantiation might here be considered.

The full Call for Papers is posted on the following web page:


On the CFP page, you will find a link to the Paper submission online form (note: all proposals must be submitted electronically.

The URL for the conference web site is:


If you have questions regarding the Philadelphia SHARP conference please contact the organizing team @ sharpupenn2013@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in Philadelphia next July.