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
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[ ... ]
SHARP Panel at MLA 2018, New York City
SHARP Panel at MLA 2018, New York City
SHARP will be running a panel entitled 'The Digital Future of Literary Archives' at the MLA conference in New York City on January 6th 2018, 8:30 - 9:45 am, at the Clinton (Hilton). A list of the abstracts is available to[ ... ]
Third Colloquium on Argentine Periodicals
Third Colloquium on Argentine Periodicals
National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, 6-7 December 2017 Directoras: Verónica Delgado, Geraldine Rogers Comité organizador: Margarita Merbilháa, Verónica Stedile Luna, María de los Ángeles Mascioto, Víctor Gonnet, Iván Suasnábar, Laura Giaccio Días: 6 y 7 de diciembre de 2017 Lugar: Aula C[ ... ]
SHARP Lightning Seed grants for ECRs
SHARP Lightning Seed grants for ECRs
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the new SHARP Lightning Seed grants for early career researchers. These grants are intended as quick micro grants that hopefully will produce long-term benefits. SHARP is aware that one of[ ... ]
Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand Conference
Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand Conference
Registration is now open for this year's Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand conference Connecting the Colonies: Empires and Networks in the History of the Book, to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, 22-24 November 2017. A provisional list of[ ... ]
Congratulations to SHARP Member Natasha Roule
Congratulations to SHARP Member Natasha Roule
A PhD candidate in historical musicology at Harvard University, Ms. Natasha Roule has just been awarded a 2017-2018 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships for “Reviving Lully: Opera and the Negotiation of Absolutism in the French Provinces, 1685-1750.” Her project explores the history[ ... ]