SAMLA 2016: Perfect/Imperfect Worlds in Print Culture and Book History (abstracts: 1 June 2016)

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Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
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Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2016 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, ephemera, illustration, publishers' archives, production, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year's convention theme, "Utopia/Dystopia" are especially welcome. What connections can be made between print culture/book history and the idea of perfect/imperfect worlds? How has the conception of these worlds evolved from the manuscript age to the digital world of the 21st century?

Other possible topics include:

Exploration narratives
Imperial utopian/dystopian narratives
Mapping new worlds
Historical and mythical worlds
Revolution and utopia
Utopian communities and print
Artistic renderings/book art
Imagined paradises
The unknown/monstrous
Imagined pasts and futures
Publishing histories of utopian/dystopian narratives
Dystopian politics and book history
The imperfect world of print circulation

The 88th annual SAMLA Convention will be held November 4-6, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Waterfront, located in Jacksonville, Florida. Proposers need not be members of SHARP to submit, but panelists must be members of both SAMLA and SHARP in order to present. By June 1, 2016, please email a 350-word abstract and short biography (together in one document) to SHARP liaison Dr. Melissa Makala, at