A Global Scholarly Society

“The goal in the next decade or so should be to prepare students to be discerning users of, and contributors to, all media. An excellent starting point on the Web is the site of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing.” – Edward Tenner, Chronicle of Higher Education

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The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Research addresses the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms from marks on stone to new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communication network. With more than a thousand members in over forty countries, SHARP works in concert with affiliated academic organizations around the world to support the study of book history in all its forms.

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The proposed text for the revised constitution is now available for consultation by the members: http://bit.ly/sharprevision

The text has been reviewed by the Board of Directors and the Executive Council. A rationale for these revisions has been drafted by Ian Gadd, President of SHARP: http://bit.ly/sharprevisionrationale

Members wishing to comment on the proposed text should email Professor Leslie Howsam, Chair of the Nominations Committee, who has overseen the revision process at lhowsam@uwindsor.ca.

The consultation period will run until 13 May. The finalised text will be published online on 23 May and members will then be asked to vote on whether or not they accept the revised constitution. The voting period will run until 1 July and the result will be announced at the AGM in Paris on 21 July.

In order for the revised text to be approved, an “affirmative vote of two-thirds of those members voting by ballot” will be required. Ballots may be cast online or by post. Further information about balloting will be circulated by post, email, and on the website.

SHARP Sponsored Events
Teaching Book History
Teaching Book History
The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) seeks participants for its affiliated society session at the January 5-8, 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Denver, Colorado. Participants will take part in a roundtable[ ... ]
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
Two sessions on "Movement of Counter-Reformation Orthodoxy and Ideologies" and "Bureaucracy, Knowledge, and the Book in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America" will be held at the 2015 meeting of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC), October 22-25, in Vancouver, BC.[ ... ]
Manuzio in Spain
Manuzio in Spain
We take great pleasure in announcing the forthcoming SHARP-sponsored colloquium "Manuzio in Spain". The Colloquium will be held at the Historical Library of the University Complutense of Madrid, on 10 April 2015. The event has been organised by our very[ ... ]
Segundo Coloquio sobre Publicaciones Periódicas Argentinas
Segundo Coloquio sobre Publicaciones Periódicas Argentinas
Centro de Estudios de Teoría y Crítica Literaria (CTCL) Instituto de Investigaciones en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales (IdIHCS) Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Nacional de La Plata Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) Society[ ... ]
Print Culture and the Arts
Print Culture and the Arts
Print Culture and the Arts SHARP @ SAMLA Durham, North Carolina 13-15 November 2015 Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2015 South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book,[ ... ]
The Minority Book
The Minority Book
International Book Science Conference "The Minority Book: Historical Experiences and Modern Expressions in the Global World" 24-25 September 2015, Vilnius With long traditions of printing and book culture, Vilnius was an important centre for book publishing and production in the Eastern part[ ... ]
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