New Approaches to Teaching Book History

deadline for submissions: 
December 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
SHARP 2018, Sydney

Call for Papers

“New Approaches to Teaching Book History” Panel

SHARP Annual Conference, Sydney, Australia

9-12 July, 2018

Proposals are requested for individual papers to make up a book history pedagogy panel session at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing’s annual conference in Sydney in 2018. The conference theme, “From First to Last: Texts, Creators, Readers, Agents” lends itself to shared considerations of how, and to whom, we teach the history of the book, the history of material texts, critical bibliography, the history of reading, publishing history, or any of a number of related areas of inquiry. As a conference theme, questions of origins, endings, and renewal can be applied to how we think about teaching these subjects: toward audiences, topics, practices, successful and unsuccessful experiences, and the convergence of the material with the digital.

Topics could include: How has the “material turn” in humanistic scholarship lent itself to classroom innovation and best practices in book history instruction? How does one best organize semester or term-long survey courses on topics that encompass increasingly broad ranges of intellectual, social, literary, and textual history? How might institutions without significant rare book holdings create teaching collections in book history or use digital scholarship and other online tools to teach the history of material texts? How can one best incorporate one’s own research interests in book history into more traditional disciplinary classes? Can engaged learning be successfully applied to book history scholarship, turning students into co-researchers and classrooms into book history research labs for larger projects or initiatives? 

Proposals that offer approaches to challenging the dominant Anglo- and Eurocentrisms in teaching the history of the book are especially welcome. Presenters must be members of SHARP at the time of conference registration. For more information on the conference, see:

Please send 250 word abstracts and a brief CV to Jeffrey Makala ( by December 1.