Editor sought for SHARP’s Book History journal

Founded in 1991, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) is the leading international organisation for the study of the history of the book, broadly defined. It has around 1000 members from a wide range of disciplinary and institutional backgrounds, including academics and independent scholars, librarians and archivists, publishers and booksellers, and holds regular conferences across the world. In addition, it runs a vibrant email discussion list (SHARP-L), the online SHARP News, and Lingua Franca, the journal of book history in translation.

Book History, the Society’s annual journal, was established in 1998 as ‘a new journal for a new kind of history’, to quote the introduction to the first volume, and its intention was to ‘offer new perspectives and innovative methods’. The founding editors were Jonathan Rose (Drew University, USA) and Ezra Greenspan (Southern Methodist University, USA). In 1999, the journal was selected as the ‘Best New Journal’ by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. It is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Following the recommendations of SHARP’s Board on Publications Policies and Practices in September 2018, editors will serve a six-year term (with a lifetime maximum of two terms). As a consequence, Jonathan Rose is stepping down, and in recognition of his two decades of service and leadership as Book History editor, he, along with co-founder Ezra Greenspan, who stepped down after sixteen years’ service in 2014, will be credited as honorary ‘Founding Editors’ in future issues of Book History.

The Executive Council of SHARP is consequently seeking a new editor to work alongside the two remaining current editors, Beth le Roux (University of Pretoria) and Greg Barnhisel (Duquesne University) from the beginning of 2019.

Applicants should have an established expertise in the field of the history of the book, broadly defined, and share SHARP’s commitment to expanding its international character, including Book History’s ambition to publish the best scholarship in the field of the history of the book from across the globe. We welcome applicants who are willing to embrace innovative publishing solutions and align our flagship publication with our other digital initiatives, and to consider Book History’s role in scholarly communications in the future.

The Society is keen to solicit applications from both senior and junior scholars. Experience of editing is essential; experience of using an editorial management system would be desirable (Book History uses ScholarOne). Fluency in English is a requirement; fluency in other languages would be an advantage. Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have sufficient institutional support (release time and incidental expenses) to take on the role.

We anticipate, once appointed, that the new editor will join Beth le Roux (https://www.up.ac.za/en/information-science/article/1913738/professor-elizabeth-le-roux) and Greg Barnhisel (https://www.duq.edu/academics/faculty/greg-barnhisel) at the beginning of 2019. Among the three editors there should be diversity in terms of subject and period expertise, geographic representation, and methodological and disciplinary background. As such, applicants should provide in their application letter an indication of their areas of research expertise.

Editors will be expected to provide an annual report to the SHARP Executive Council via the Director of Publications and Awards.

Application procedure

Applications will be assessed by an Appointments committee, chaired by Claire Squires (University of Stirling, Scotland), SHARP’s Director of Publications and Awards, and which includes senior members of the Society and one of Book History’s current editors as a non-voting member (Ruth Panofsky, Ryerson University, Canada; Susan Pickford, Sorbonne-Université, France; Samantha Rayner, University College London, England; and Beth le Roux, University of Pretoria, South Africa).

Applications should consist of an application letter and a curriculum vitae, to be sent by email to Claire Squires (claire.squires@stir.ac.uk) to arrive no later than 5pm (UK time) on Friday 16 November. The candidate should also ensure that two letters of recommendation, specific to the post, are supplied to Claire Squires by the same deadline.

Informal queries should be directed to Claire Squires. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision early in the new year.

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

How does the specter of climate change—be it, environmental, cultural, economic, social, or any one of numerous other possibilities—inspire authors, affect readers, and shape publishing? How does climate change or its denial impact collecting and preserving rare books and manuscripts?

We are particularly interested in discussions that center on historical contexts from which to understand climate change; how authors of color record the challenges change in the climate poses to their communities; how readers’ interests are piqued (or not) by the myriad circumstances generating climate change; how the publishing industry is responding to climate change in their booklists, publication practices, and promotion strategies; how sustainable are special collections’ and archives’ facilities and practices; and what aspects of climate change are over or under-covered in critical and/or literary discourse.

Proposals should consider the audience for the presentation by incorporating content relevant to attendees from the rare book and manuscript world, such as those in positions relating to archival processing, digitization, instruction, library administration, metadata, outreach, rare book cataloguing, and subject curation.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Diane Maher at diane@sandiego.edu and Amy Chen at     amy-chen@uiowa.edu by July 20, 2018. Selected panel participants will be notified shortly thereafter. The panel will then be submitted for consideration to RBMS on August 3, 2018.

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 two panels (20 & 27). Workshop participation is free but places are limited and advance registration is required.

Organised by Dr Iona Hine in association with Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS), Sheffield Centre for Early Modern Studies (SCEMS), and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Printing (SHARP).

Funding: This event is supported by a SHARP Lightning Seed grant. Early Career Researchers* are invited to apply for a small subsidy to cover the costs of participation (e.g. travel or overnight accommodation). You should indicate whether you wish to apply for this scheme when registering. *Preference for this support may be given to those currently outside secure long-term employment or funded study, or otherwise ineligible for financial support from their academic institution. 

Venue: Humanities Research Institute, The University of Sheffield, S3 7QY.

To book a (free) place at the workshop, visit: https:// eventbrite.co.uk/e/early-modern-biblical-studies-workshop-embers-tickets-43388076906 

To join the emergent EMBERS Google Group, visit: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/embers-forum

Click here to download a flyer for the event.




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 from the Margins: Social-Political
Activists and Their Allies” are especially welcome. What connections
can be made between print culture/book history and ideas of activism?
How have books pushed the boundaries of technology, form, artistic
expression, and subject matter? What are the connections between
printing and social justice, activism and print culture? What is the
role of print in effecting social change? How have printers,
publishers, and authors been a force for change from Gutenberg to

The 90th annual SAMLA Convention will be held November 2-4, 2018 at
the Sheraton Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. Proposers need not be
members of SHARP to submit, but panelists must be members of both
SAMLA and SHARP to present. By June 1, 2018, please send a 250-word
abstract and short biography (together in one document) to SHARP
liaison Melissa Edmundson Makala, Clemson University, at

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 and interdisciplinary approaches to open new perspectives on how the coexistence of Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities on the Iberian Peninsula is reflected in their respective literary traditions.  The focus will be on works concerning prophets and saints.  The workshop is open to the public, with the exception of a show & tell on Thursday afternoon (*).  But a RSVP will be requested because seating is limited.

Benito Rial Costas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Dagmar Anne Riedel (CCHS-CSIC & Columbia University)

Conference secretary
Amy Meverden (Union Theological Seminary in City of New York)

Confirmed participants
Matthew Anderson (Georgetown University)
Fernando Baños (Universidad de Alicante)
Javier Castaño (CCHS-CSIC)
Manuela Ceballos (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Maribel Fierro (CCHS-CSIC)
Alejandro García Sanjuán (Universidad de Huelva)
Araceli González (IMF-CSIC)
Racheli Haliva (Universität Hamburg)
Patrick Henriet (EPHE)
Amir Hussein (Loyola Marymount University)
Fabrizio Lelli (Università del Salento)
Nuria Martínez de Castilla (EPHE)
Lucia Raspe (Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main & Jüdisches Museum Berlin)
Patrick Ryan (Fordham University)
Claude Stuzcyinski (Bar Ilan University)
Jesús R. Velasco (Columbia University)
Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

22 February  2018, Biblioteca Histórica “Marqués de Valdecilla” (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

9.00-11.30      PANEL 1:  Historiographical Challenges of “convivencia”

12.00-14.00    PANEL 2:  Concepts of Sanctity & Prophecy

*16.00-18.00   Show & Tell in the library’s reading room restricted to the participants  not open to the public!

23 February 2018, Residencia de Estudiantes (CSIC)

9.00-13.30      PANEL 3:  Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Examples of Literature about and by Saints and Prophets from Medieval and Early Modern Iberia

15.30-17.30    PANEL 4:  Diachronic Case Study of the Kitāb al-shifāʾ bi-taʿrīf huqūq al-Muṣṭafā (“The book of healing concerning the recognition of the true facts about the chosen one”) by al-Qāḍī ʿIyāḍ (1083-1149)

17.45-19.00    PANEL 5:  Concluding Roundtable

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 201, Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, calle 51 entre 124 y 125, Ensenada.

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 the issues facing ECRs is to document the ability to obtain external funding.  Sometimes even small amounts will suffice, as both documentation of the ECR’s commitment and that the research addressed has the endorsement of a major global scholarly society. To this end, we have decided to make available a number of micro grants, in the region of 100-150 USD, for local book history activities organized by early career researchers. These grants are open to anyone, anywhere, who is a SHARP member at the time of application. Each application must state what the award will be used for, what the intended activity is, and who will benefit.  Submissions will be evaluated and, if deemed suitable, awarded until such time as the current Lightning Seed budget is exhausted.

Applications will be favoured that meet some or all of the following aims:

  • Aid research into or the dissemination of research about book history in its broadest sense
  • Have impact on the widest cross section of scholars or largest research audience possible, both at the time(s) of the event and subsequently within the wider community
  • Indicate subsequent activities that may be generated by the seed grant
  • engage with public humanities

If you are considering an activity that meets some or all of the criteria above, and believe that a Lightning Seed grant may help with an identified purpose, then please submit your application to

Simon Frost

SHARP Director of Transnational Affairs


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 speakers is below.


The BSANZ members rate is available until 30 October; general registrations will remain open until 6 November.

Keynote speaker

  • Professor Rodney M Thomson, University of Tasmania. Topic to be confirmed


  • Keith Adkins, Theophilus Anglicanus and the fear of Tractarianism in Van Diemen’s Land
  • Eric Anderson, Cheap books, bad books
  • Samir de Angelo, The book object: the book used as a response to missionary authority by the Amerindians of the northwest Amazon
  • Rachael Bell, Staking a claim: New Zealand’s Official Histories of the Second World War
  • Sally Bloomfield, The long reach of a little bushranger book: Michael Howe, the Last and Worst of the Bush Rangers of Van Diemen’s Land
  • Helen Bones, The ARCHivER project and the rise and fall of the Tasman writing world
  • Dennis Bryans, English Monotype: providing services to the Empire and beyond
  • Damian Cairns, For Church and College
  • Liz Conor, Peripheral vision: recurring colonial imagery of Aboriginal Australians as framing devices
  • Joanna Cruickshank, ‘The constant demand for sermons’: print sermons and religious networks in Australia, 1788-1888
  • Gillian Dooley, Matthew Flinders, Sir Joseph Banks and Robert Brown: the Library at Soho Square
  • Veronique Duche, Treasured possessions in Australian Rare Books collections
  • Penny Edmonds, ‘The British Government is now awaking’: frontier violence, Aboriginal protection, and Backhouse’s early colonial distribution of the 1837 Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Aboriginal Tribes
  • Mary Jane Edwards, Transnational connections: the Moodies, the Stricklands, and their Canadian, English, and South African publications
  • Simon Farley, Notes from Empire’s end: the diary of a Turkish soldier
  • Elizabeth Freeman, Thirteenth-century English Cistercian nunneries and their cartularies
  • Clare Gleeson, Owner bound volumes: a musical transmitter of culture
  • Jocelyn Hargrave, ‘Errors therein marked on the margin’: John Degotardi’s The Art of Printing and editorial practice in nineteenth-century Australia
  • Mark Houlahan, The Shakespearean Quarterly 1922-1924
  • Sandra Hudd, Writing for the folks back home: colonial missionary story-telling
  • Annaliese Jacobs, The silence of Wellington Channel: contested archives and the search for HMS Erebus and Terror, 1850-1851
  • Donald Kerr, ‘The charms that a savage life holds’: Sir George Grey’s frontier experiences
  • Wallace Kirsop, Providing printed matter for multicultural Australia in the nineteenth century
  • Amanda Laugesen, Dictionaries in the Australian colonies: a history
  • Cecilia Leong-Salobir, Cookbooks and the printing press in Britain and colonial Asia
  • Robin Macdonald, ‘Bound in leather, rather than parchment, to last longer’: nuns as discerning readers in seventeenth-century Quebec
  • Alicia Marchant, Boundaries and books: St Albans, Wales and the transmission of knowledge
  • Ruth Mollison, Converting flora and fauna into books: scientific collecting in colonial Tasmania
  • Kevin Molloy & Katie Flack, The Waifs and Strays of Sea Life: Melbourne printer Michael T Gason and the Voyage of the Tudor, 1857
  • Kathryn Parsons, That bright little New Zealand annual The Huia
  • Georgia Prince, Florence Nightingale and Sir George Grey: colleagues of empire
  • Sarah Randles, ‘Many a treasure more’: Robert Bedford and the Kyancutta Magna Carta
  • Sydney Shep, Personal geographies and global networks: William Colenso and the Victorian Republic of Letters
  • Merete Colding Smith, Australia and New Zealand in nineteenth-century British children’s books
  • Jane Stafford, Mrs Muter and the construction of the lady traveller
  • Rodney Swan, Matisse’s Jazz: the enigma of his text
  • Nicki Tarulevicz, Learning to fear: textual encounters with food safety in Singapore
  • Evija Trofimova, The twilight zone of Soviet books
  • Hayley Webster, Circulating scientific literature: the development of the Museum Victoria library collection