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Author Guidelines

Papers presented at SHARP conferences are expected to offer original scholarship and to go beyond descriptive accounts of archival or textual materials. Speakers should outline the wider implications of research presented. Both the thesis being tested and the conclusions drawn should be clearly stated in the proposal. SHARP prides itself on attracting members from a variety of disciplines, who communicate in a language accessible to diverse specialists. Proposals are to indicate how the paper (or panel) sheds light on some issue, principle, or practice of book history that clearly addresses SHARP’s interests.

The conference is open to both individual presentations and complete panel proposals (with three speakers and a chairperson). Each speaker is allotted 20 minutes. All sessions last 90 minutes.

Paper proposals should be no more than 400 words, submitted in English or French, and accompanied by a brief biography.

Panel proposals should consist of an overview of the panel (300 words, including the name of the chair if you already have one) plus three individual abstracts (400 words each) submitted together by the organiser of the session. He or she will add the names of all authors using the 'Add Author' button (Please add authors in the same order as the abstracts). To secure the anonymity of the proposals, no names must be mentioned in the title and abstract fields.

Graduate students have the option of presenting their current research in a short "lighting talk" format and then receive feedback from peers and established scholars. The papers should not exceed ten minutes and may be accompanied by a maximum of three slides. Proposals for the graduate workshop should follow the same submission protocol as individual conference papers (400 word abstract + 100 word biography).

Digital projects will be included in the Digital Projects Showcase, an exhibition of initiatives that use new technology to advance research in the history of the book. The Showcase is open to both individual researchers and research teams at any stage of career, from graduate students to senior scholars. Eligible digital projects may be aimed at intellectual creation, scholarly collaboration, data visualization, research dissemination, etc. The purpose is to create a broad forum in which to display and discuss the tools that are shaping our understanding of the book in the twenty-first century. Proposals for a digital project should consist of a 400 word description of the project plus contributor biographies (100 words each).  Presenters must come with their own hardware. On-site support will include Internet access, extension cords, tables, and chairs; requests for audiovisual technology will be fulfilled as space and budgetary constraints permit.

The deadline for proposals is 30 November 2015. The program committee will send notifications of its selection no later than 15 February 2016. All participants, including chairs and speakers, must be members of SHARP in order to participate. Registration for the conference is a prerequisite. For information on membership, please visit the SHARP website.


Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor has it been presented at another conference.

    Je confirme que cette proposition n'a fait l'objet d'aucune communication ni publication auparavant.


Copyright Notice

Copyright of the paper belongs to the author(s). Submission of a paper or session grants permission to the SHARP 2019 Organising Committee to publish the abstract(s) on the conference website and to include it/them in the printed conference program.

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