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
Books and Screens and the Reading Brain
Books and Screens and the Reading Brain
From the earliest clay tablets down to the latest touch screens: reading is an interaction of embodied humans with technology. Over time technological developments have caused numerous changes, and even transformations, in reading habits and the reading culture. The introduction[ ... ]
The Author – Wanted, Dead or Alive
The Author – Wanted, Dead or Alive
New perspectives on the concept of authorship, 1700-1900 European University Institute (Florence, Italy) A SHARP Regional Event 5-6 June 2017 Proposals are sought for a workshop aiming to bring together fresh perspectives on the concept of authorship in the period 1700-1900. Especially encouraged are[ ... ]
Radical Book History
Radical Book History
SHARP Affiliate Organization Panel at MLA Radical Book History: People, Archives, Methods Thursday, 5 January 2017, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Franklin 3, Philadelphia Marriott This roundtable will discuss the study of "radical" book trade figures, the use of "radical" methodologies or archives. Digital humanities[ ... ]
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[ ... ]