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 twenty 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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SHARP Sponsored Events
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[ ... ]
Women & 19C Literature
Women & 19C Literature
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington and the Alexander Turnbull Library 23 January 2015 This one-day conference will explore the theme of women and nineteenth-century literature from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Please visit our website for[ ... ]

 

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SHARP’s 22nd conference, “Religions of the Book”, was held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, September 2014. (Click here to view the conference trailer.)