SHARP Events


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 including marks on stone, script on parchment, printed books and periodicals, and new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communications network. With more than 1000 members in over twenty countries, SHARP works in concert with affiliated academic organizations around the world to support the study of book history and print culture.

SHARP conference

Each year SHARP holds an annual conference that brings many scholars together for stimulating discussion of an enormously wide range of issues.

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Regional Activities

As part of its commitment to transnationalism, SHARP has 20 regional liaison officers who act as both a conduit and resource in facilitating local initiatives from around the world. Regional activities include the series of larger SHARP focus conferences, such as SHARP Nancy (I.D.E.A.) , SHARP Copenhagen, SHARP in Rio, and SHARP Le Mans.

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