CFP: Trading Books - Trading Ideas (Netherlands) (11/30/05; SHARP, 7/11/06-7/14/06)

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'Trading Books - Trading Ideas' - SHARP 2006
July 11-14, 2006
The Netherlands

The fourteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of
Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) will be held at the National
Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) in The Hague and in
Leiden, The Netherlands, on 11-14 July 2006. The Conference will be
organized by the National Library in cooperation with the Universities of
Leiden, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Amsterdam.

The conference focus on 'Trading Books - Trading Ideas' seeks to highlight
the importance of first the European and then the North American heritage
for the book and print cultures of the world. Special attention will be
paid to the history of the trade in books between Eastern and Western
European countries, to mark the occasion of ten new Eastern member states
joining the European Union on 1 May 2004. Papers on these specific themes
are particularly welcome. In keeping with the inclusive tradition of SHARP
conferences, proposals on any other aspects of book history and print
culture in any place or period are also welcome.

The conference will be open to both individual papers, combined into
sessions by the program committee, and to complete panel sessions of three
papers and a chair organized and proposed by members. As is the SHARP
custom, each paper will be twenty minutes in length, followed by a
discussion. Each panel session will be 90 minutes in duration.

Paper and session proposals (in English) should be submitted by 30 November
2005. Proposals may be submitted either online with the webform provided at,
or to:

SHARP 2006 Conference
c/o Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Paul van Capelleveen
Postbus 90407
2509 LK Den Haag
The Netherlands

Proposals received after 30 November 2005 will not be considered. Each
individual proposal should contain a title, an abstract of no more than 400
words, and brief biographical information about the author(s). Proposals
for panel sessions should include a cover sheet explaining the theme and
goals, as well as the three individual abstracts. Presenters (at least one
author of each paper proposal) must be a member of SHARP or must join SHARP
at the time of submission of proposals (for information on membership and
dues see SHARPweb). If special audio-visual technology is required, it
should be requested when the proposal is submitted.

Among planned pre-conference activities are a book studies masterclass for
graduate students, and a graduate student network meeting.

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.

Please visit the conference webpage at for
further information, and plan on joining us in July 2006 for this exciting

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing is a
dynamic global community that welcomes scholars from all disciplinary
perspectives who are working on any aspect of the history of the written or
printed word. For more information about SHARP and how to join, visit the
website at

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