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

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.


SHARP Sponsored Events
Editor sought for SHARP’s Book History journal
SHARP Board Recommendations on Publications Policies and Practices
SHARP Board Recommendations on Publications Policies and Practices
Please click here to view the SHARP Board Recommendations on Publications Policies and Practices.[ ... ]
CFP: How Repositories, Publishers, Readers, and Authors Respond to Climate Change -- A Panel Sponsored by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
Early Modern Biblical Studies Workshop (EMBerS)
Early Modern Biblical Studies Workshop (EMBerS)
 Monday 2 July, 2018. 1:30pm—4:00pm.  This event represents the first gathering of an emergent network for scholars interested in early modern biblical studies. It precedes the main Society for Renaissance Studies conference (3-5 July, Sheffield), where we will offer papers in[ ... ]
CFP: “Revolutionary Book History” SHARP at SAMLA 2-4 November 2018 Birmingham, Alabama
CFP: “Revolutionary Book History” SHARP at SAMLA 2-4 November 2018 Birmingham, Alabama
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[ ... ]
Of Prophets and Saints: Literary Traditions and “convivencia” in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
Of Prophets and Saints: Literary Traditions and “convivencia” in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia
The international workshop will be held in Madrid on February 22 and 23, 2018 to explore religious literature that originated under the particular conditions of “convivencia” in the societies of medieval and early modern Iberia.  The participants will employ comparative[ ... ]