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 submissions which focus on marginal or ‘accidental’ authors, examine the authorial roles of publishers, printers and other actors, deal critically with the notion of authorship from a broader methodological, historiographical or theoretical angle, or consider non-European and colonial contexts. Possible additional topics include: transnational or comparative aspects of book production and authorship; processes of self-presentation; constraints on authorial agency; legal frameworks such as censorship and copyright; the commercialization and marketing of authors; the uses and meanings of anonymous or pseudonymous publication.

The two-day workshop will take place at the European University Institute in Florence on 5-6 June 2017. Abstracts of 300 words should be sent by 31 January 2017 to authorshipeui@gmail.com, including an updated CV and contact information. Participants will receive notification of acceptance no later than 15 February 2017.

Bursaries for graduate students, sponsored by SHARP, are available to help with travel expenses. Applicants should indicate their interest in these bursaries along with their abstracts.

Any further questions about the event, funding or the application process should be directed to the organizing committee, Matilda Greig (matilda.greig@eui.eu), John-Erik Hansson (john-erik.hansson@eui.eu) and Mikko Toivanen (mikko.toivanen@eui.eu).

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