Revolutionary Book History (SHARP at SAMLA 2018)

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)
contact email: 

Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2018 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, "Fighters from the Margins: Social-Political Activists and Their Allies," are especially welcome. What connections can be made between print culture/book history and ideas of activism? How have books pushed the boundaries of technology, form, artistic expression, and subject matter? What are the connections between printing and social justice, activism and print culture? What is the role of print in effecting social change? How have printers, publishers, and authors been a force for change from Gutenberg to today?

The 90th annual SAMLA Convention will be held November 2-4, 2018 at the Sheraton Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. Proposers need not be members of SHARP to submit, but panelists must be members of both SAMLA and SHARP to present. By June 1, 2018, please send a 250-word abstract and short biography (together in one document) to SHARP liaison Dr. Melissa Edmundson Makala, Clemson University, at