Editors sought for SHARP’s open access journal, Lingua Franca

Founded in 1991, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) is the leading international organization 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), a recently re-launched open access newsletter SHARP News, the journal Book History, and Lingua Franca, the journal of book history in translation.

The Executive Council of SHARP is seeking a new editorial team for Lingua Franca. Lingua Franca is a unique project fully funded by SHARP. Lingua Franca’s mission is to make book history research from a wide range of languages other than English available and thus promote transnational discussions and interdisciplinary debates. 

Applicants should have expertise in the interdisciplinary field of the history of the book, broadly defined, and share SHARP’s commitment to expanding its diversity and international character. The Society is keen to solicit applications from both senior and junior scholars. Experience of editing in English is essential, experience of online content management is desirable. In the interest of expanding the linguistic diversity of Lingua Franca, proficiency in at least one language other than English is required. The applicant should become a SHARP member in good standing. 

The editorial team is expected to publish one issue a year and to provide an annual report to the SHARP Executive Council via the Director of Publications.

Application procedure

Applications will be assessed by an Appointments committee, chaired by Corinna Norrick-Rühl (Muenster, Germany), SHARP’s Director of Publications, and which includes two members of the Society’s Board of Directors: Matthew Kirschenbaum (College Park, Maryland, USA) and Ruth Panofsky (Toronto, Canada); SHARP Director of Transnational Affairs Jan Hillgärtner (Leiden, The Netherlands), SHARP Vice-President Will Slauter (Paris, France), and two representatives from the general membership: Benito Rial Costas (Madrid, Spain) and Cynthia Brokaw (Providence, RI, USA).

Applications should consist of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae as well as two named references, to be sent by email to Corinna Norrick-Rühl (publications@sharpweb.org) to arrive no later than 5pm (Central European Time) on February 15, 2021. 

Informal queries should be directed to Corinna Norrick-Rühl. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in the spring.

MLA 2021 Session on “Towards Sustainability for Digital Archives and Projects”

Modern Language Association convention 2021
SHARP session on “Towards sustainability for digital archives and projects”

Sunday 10 January, 5.15pm to 6.30pm

Dr Chelsea Gunn, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Dr Alison Langmead, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Dr Aisling Quigley, Macalester College, USA


Over the last decade, the digital humanities community has become increasingly concerned with the ongoing sustainability of digital projects. This anxiety stems in part from the realization that not all digital humanities projects have identical expectations of longevity. Several prominent works in the literature, such as Bethany Nowviskie and Dot Porter’s “Graceful Degradation Survey Findings: How Do We Manage Digital Humanities Projects through Times of Transition and Decline?” (2010) and Geoffrey Rockwell et al.’s “Burying Dead Projects: Depositing the Globalization Compendium” (2014), have been central to this intellectual exchange about the benefits of creating sustainability plans for projects that do not necessarily assume a default permanence, but that instead proactively consider each project’s most suitable longevity strategy.

With this realization has come a concomitant expectation: each digital humanities project must create its own customized sustainability plan, designed with its particular requirements in mind. And yet, few digital humanists have access to direct training on the process of creating and implementing professional-grade digital preservation and sustainability practices for their own work. To support the process of designing and implementing digital sustainability plans for this work, a team of scholars housed in the Visual Media Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh has created the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap (STSR; http://sustainingdh.net). The STSR is a structured, process-oriented workshop, inspired by design thinking and collaborative learning approaches. This workshop, which may be implemented in a variety of institutional contexts, guides project stakeholders through the practice of creating effective, iterative, ongoing digital sustainability strategies that address the needs of both social and technological infrastructures. It is founded on the fundamental assumption that, for sustainability practices to be successful, project leaders must keep the changing, socially-contingent nature of both their project and their working environment(s) consistently in mind as they initiate, maintain, and support their own work. For this panel, we contextualize and describe the STSR, and provide reflections based on our experiences facilitating Sustaining DH: An NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.

Works Cited:

Nowviskie, Bethany, and Dot Porter. “Graceful Degradation Survey Findings: How Do We Manage Humanities Projects Through Times of Transition and Decline?” Digital Humanities 2010, London. http://dh2010.cch.kcl.ac.uk/academic-programme/abstracts/papers/html/ab-722.html.

Geoffrey Rockwell et al. “Burying Dead Projects: Depositing the Globalization Compendium.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.2 (2014). http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/8/2/000179/000179.html.

David Underdown, The National Archives, UK

DiAGRAM: Digital Archiving Graphical Risk Assessment Model – A statistical approach to digital archive risk management and sustainability

Digital heritage is rich, complex and fragile. This material – born-digital records (in a variety of formats), web archives, digitised archival materials – is under threat from rapidly evolving technology. To a far greater extent than analogue archives, sustaining digital archives require ongoing investment in the technology of the archive’s systems and the technical skills of its staff.

The National Archives UK has taken a collaborative approach to managing digital preservation risk, bringing established statistical risk management methods into the digital heritage sphere. A combination of our staff, statisticians from the University of Warwick, and experts from five other UK archives, has allowed us to combine statistical data with expert knowledge to develop a decision support tool mapping and quantifying the risks and uncertainty in digital preservation. The project was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


  • Improves users’ understanding of the complex digital archiving risk landscape and of the interplay between digital archiving risk factors.
  • Empowers archivists to compare and prioritise very different types of threats to the digital archive: from software obsolescence to natural disaster.
  • Aids in quantifying the impact of risk events and risk management strategies on archival outcomes for use in decision making, communication with stakeholders and developing business cases for targeted action.
  • Measures the likelihood of permanent availability of digital materials as a function of renderability and intellectual control.

DiAGRAM’s foundation is a Bayesian Network – a statistical model estimating the probability of outcomes by considering conditional events (eg storage life depends on media type). Bayesian Networks are used as a foundation for decision support tools in a variety of contexts including aviation , credit scoring, and food security, and are widely used in risk assessment.

DiAGRAM was used to model The National Archives’ own digital holdings, with the outputs being used as supporting evidence in the UK government’s recent spending review, helping to secure a 12% budget increase for The National Archives for fiscal year 2021-22.

Dr Melodee Beals, Loughborough University, UK

“Breaking Silos: Ensuring the Sustainability of Digitised Newspaper Collections through Academic/Archival Collaboration”

Digitised newspaper collections are vital in preserving not only national heritage but also global news exchanges, and as well as the growing number of historical newspapers being digitised and made available online, born-digital newspapers are being added to collections in vast numbers. As such, newspaper collections offer a unique insight into the problems and opportunities of both digitised and born-digital archives.

This short paper will draw on research from the ‘Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914’ project, during which academics from six countries worked closely with digitised newspaper collections including the British Library, the national libraries of Australia, Finland, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and the aggregator Europeana, to investigate international news exchanges in the nineteenth century. As part of this work, we conducted interviews with librarians and investigated the metadata structures of the collections. Our findings reveal critical issues around sustainability, particularly the risk of losing a record of the institutional decision-making because it is not documented, and is passed by word of mouth between individual archivists. We will analyse the impact of institutional and national siloes on sustainability, and argue for the central importance of increased transparency and integration in ensuring that digital archives, and the projects that use them, remain sustainable. For this, academic/archival collaboration is central. We will introduce the Atlas of Digitised Newspapers and Metadata, a new Open Access guide to digitised newspaper collections around the world that draws on our interviews with archivists and combines information about their histories with Xpaths from the metadata, information about the historical evolution of the newspaper itself and a literature review demonstrating how researchers understand these sources. Our Atlas, which is now open to contributions, offers one model for collecting this underused and undervalued information about digitised newspaper archives and ensuring sustainability.

Dr Janelle Jenstad, University of Victoria, Canada

The Endings Project: Principles for Releasing Archivable Digital Humanities Projects.”

In 2020, the Endings Project – a collaboration between Librarians, Developers, and DH project leaders – comes to an end. Painfully aware of the fragility, temporality, and ephemerality of DH projects, our team has spent five years devising techniques to preserve and archive projects without sacrificing the dynamic features that make them readable, searchable, and interactive. The “Endings Principles for Digital Longevity” address the five components of digital projects: Data, Products, Processing, Documentation, and Release Management (1). This paper gives a brief overview of these principles, and then discusses the release model as an extension of traditional print publishing through the lens of one editorial project: The Map of Early Modern London (MoEML). In 2018, MoEML was “finished,” i.e., “endings-compliant and fully archivable.” Yet the team continues work on an anthology of early modern pageants and on its editions of John Stow’s Survey of London. How is it possible to be “finished” and “ongoing” simultaneously? Textual history teaches us that texts can be both published and fluid (2). MoEML has adopted a release management model based on editions of print works (3), in particular on our versioned edition of the 1598, 1603, 1618, and 1633 texts of the Survey. The 1633 edition claims to be “now completely finished” (4). Despite this claim, the business of surveying London in words was not finished. This model of incremental fluidity has inspired us to think about digital releases as editions. This paper – which builds on our 2017 SHARP panel – sets out a plan for multiple graceful digital “endings.”

Works Cited:

(1) The Endings Project: Building Sustainable Digital Humanities Projects. https://projectendings.github.io/

(2) John Bryant, The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen (U of Michigan Press, 2002).

(3) “Principles: Release Management.” https://projectendings.github.io/principles/#release-management

(4) John Stow, Anthony Munday, Humphrey Dyson, and others. The Survey of London (London: Elizabeth Purslowe, 1633; STC 23345).

Prof. Kenneth Price, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Good Strategies and Inescapable Uncertainties in Building Sustainable Digital Archives”

The Walt Whitman Archive has been sustained for 25 years by grant support and also by knowledgeable staff; the revitalizing work of graduate and undergraduate students; and the enthusiasm and many contributions of Whitman scholars, readers, and aficionados. Beyond funding and technologies, digital projects also need a human network.

Given the fragility of digital work, what can be done to mitigate the dangers? Open access is key—making materials readily available for others to build on our work in new and complementary ways. We also must leave our creations in formats that do not require herculean efforts to preserve them. Future librarians and scholars will need to migrate materials to new operating systems, interfaces, and infrastructures. It is easier to preserve the raw data than the interface. And yet much of the scholarly argument of an archive resides precisely in the interface, where content is organized, contextualized, and packaged in ways that frame understanding and enable interpretations. The interface, unfortunately, is the aspect of our work hardest to preserve, and libraries rarely ingest digital projects in their full complexity.

We should also build so that others may advance their own work, hopefully using our efforts as a foundation for their own project, even as they may oppose the often implicit arguments embedded within an archive or edition. To enable such possibilities, we need to make our public assets and our behind-the-scenes work, too, as open as possible. And we need to document our processes and uncertainties, failures as well as successes. At least knowing a research team’s rationale for their initial treatment of material will make it easier for later generations to duplicate (or improve upon) our creation in whatever forms make the most sense in the future.

Dr Matthew K. Gold, CUNY Graduate Center, USA

Sustaining Digital Scholarly Infrastructure: The Manifold Use Case”

This presentation focuses on the sustainability practices and strategies that open-source, scholar-led community publishing platforms can pursue as they seek to sustain themselves when grant funding ends. It focuses on the sustainability infrastructures being developed for Manifold, an open-source publishing platform supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a range of community partners. Mellon’s initial grant was part of a round of funding offered to university presses to explore sustainable paths forward for digital monographs.

In his 2019 report “Mind the Gap,” John Maxwell presented an overview of open publishing tools and platforms; Maxwell argued that “open publishing needs new infrastructure that incentivizes sustainability, cooperation, collaboration, and integration.” Maxwell’s articulation of the structural challenges involved in achieving sustainability have resonances with Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s recent book, Generous Thinking, which argues that institutions need to take collaborative, rather than competitive, approaches in the face of the austerity measures being experienced by many public educational systems in the wake of rampant privatization and state austerity measures.

This presentation will explore the larger sustainability context facing open-source community publishing platforms, grounding that discussion in the immediate challenges facing real-world projects like Manifold. I will share Manifold’s approach to sustainability from business, technical, institutional, infrastructural, and social perspectives. The presentation will describe how Manifold is attempting to meet the challenges involved in open-source community publishing, along with strategies that attendees can employ for their own projects.

Dr Molly Hardy, National Endowment for the Humanities, USA

Legacy Work and Funding Models for Digital Infrastructure”

Legacy was, and in many ways still is, the defining value of brick-and-mortar archives, which traditionally strive for preservation of the past to access it in the present and ensure its future. With more of this work being done in digital environments, cultural heritage practitioners are left to consider anew how to sustain collections in multiple ways. Recently, a community of interdisciplinary scholars who identify themselves as “Information Maintainers” have called for a reconsideration of the work of sustainability as dynamic and multi-faceted. The Information Maintainers argue that “Maintenance is not the opposite of change … and its primary aim and value is not to uphold stasis. We view acts of repurposing and revision or reuse as part of maintenance” (14-15).

This paper will address the role of funding agencies in digital sustainability. With seemingly contradictory temporal imperatives—grant funding is short-term and by definition finite while sustainability is long-term and aims to be infinite—grant funding can and should still play a central role in maintaining, modernizing, and sustaining digital infrastructure to ensure its central role in twenty-first century legacy work. This paper will consider models of using grant funding to sustain digital remediations of the literary historical records, such as the Walt Whitman Archive and the Early English Ballad Archive. It will also consider the use of such funding to sustain digital platforms for the humanities with the example of Humanities Commons, which is currently transitioning from its founding home at the Modern Language Association to Michigan State University. Digital sustainability, rightly understood, offers humanists a chance to consider not only what and how to do things with archives and platforms in digital environments, but also why they do them and how the to make legacy work operational in the new knowledge economy.

Recording of BYOB Launch Party, vol. 2 Now Available

The SHARP BYOB book launch party, vol. 2, took place on November 19, 2020. The first event of this kind was hosted by Corinna Norrick-Rühl as part of #SHARPinFocus in June 2020, but the timing was not ideal for members in Asia and Australasia. So volume 2 was timed to include members from Australasia and Asia – which meant that members in Europe were up bright and early to toast each other’s publications over coffee and tea. Provided there is enough interest, we can plan a SHARP BYOB launch party in the spring, and we will definitely be running one at the SHARP conference 2021. Thanks to all the presenters and everyone who joined us!

The bibliographical information will soon be uploaded to the SHARP News members’ publications page: https://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/members-publications-2019-2020/

A recording of the event can be found here: https://youtu.be/dpsiN10Yshg

SHARP BYOB Launch Party, Vol. 2

As promised, we will be running a second iteration of the SHARP BYOB launch party in the coming weeks! For those of you who were not able to attend during #SHARPinFocus week, here is a brief description of the idea: In succinct, 1-2 minute launch slots, authors showcase publications from our field of research that have been published since the last physical SHARP conference, i.e. between August 2019 and October/November 2020. All of the books will be listed on SHARP News on the “New publications by members” page. All are welcome to help us celebrate these new publications!

Since the first launch party was an evening event (European time), we have decided to offer this second launch party as a morning event (European time), which will allow for a different set of members to attend during regular waking hours! We have scheduled this event for NOVEMBER 19, from 9-10am GMT, 10-11am CET, 8-9pm AEDT. Please save the date, and please double-check your time zone on https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ (and make sure you enter the exact date, since some regions/countries “fall back” before the date of the launch party).

If you would like to launch your book, please register here: https://wwu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqc-2rqTwiG9JFFKSO92Iqy3lFev99VNeW and send us an email at publications@sharpweb.org to receive the template for the launch PPT, which we will ask you to fill out and return. We have about a dozen slots, and we look forward to hearing from you. Authors who would like to launch books are asked to sign up by November 12, 2020.

All others are welcome to register for the event here:

Call for Proposals – SHARP 2021

SHARP 2021 annual conference
Moving texts: from discovery to delivery

Hosted virtually by the University of Muenster, in collaboration with the Law and Literature research group (DFG SFB 1385)

26-30 July 2021

As Sydney Shep writes in the Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book, “Books as transactions chart complex and often fluid networks between authors and readers, producers and consumers.” (2015, 53) The movement of texts within these networks is facilitated by a range of intermediary agents who shape the life cycle of a textual object from discovery to delivery. SHARP 2021, held as a virtual conference hosted by the University of Muenster, Germany, will be dedicated to sketching out the processes of textual movement, as well as the role of intermediaries in the life cycle of the book, here understood broadly to include literary agents, translators, editors, wholesalers and booksellers, used and rare book dealers, librarians and archivists. 

The conference, held in close collaboration with the collaborative research center for Law and Literature funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG SFB 1385 Recht und Literatur), will seek to emphasize the legal frameworks, informal norms, and business practices that enable, hinder or promote distribution of and access to books and texts.

We encourage participants to help us chart and understand the complex and fluid networks between authors and readers by focusing on processes of displaying, discovery, distribution and delivery, today and throughout history.

For more details, see the full call for proposals.

The ECR Coffeehouse: a Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Book History

SHARP would like to invite you all to the virtual event The ECR Coffeehouse: A Workshop for Early Career Researchers in Book History on 21 October 2020 at 11am–12.30pm (PDT) / 2–3.30pm (EDT) / 7–8.30 PM (BST) / 8–9.30 PM (CEST).

The event will take place on Zoom. Please follow the link to register:

Finishing a PhD is a big feat in itself. But ECRs also have to consider their career options in an increasingly challenging economic climate. After their PhDs, some book historians might choose to pursue postdoctoral teaching or research positions, whereas other might apply their skills and knowledge in fields such as librarianship or publishing. Others might follow different paths altogether.

Aimed at current PhD students, those who have recently completed their PhDs, and anyone who considers themselves to be an ECR, this SHARP Coffeehouse brings together three speakers who will talk about their respective experiences of transitioning from being a PhD student to postdoctoral scholar, librarian, and independent scholar:

Ann-Marie Hansen is a Radboud Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, working on Early Modern print and intellectual culture. Following on from her PhD at McGill University, she has held research and teaching positions at the universities of St Andrews, Toronto, Rennes and Utrecht.

Henning Hansen is Senior Academic Librarian at the University Library at The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, where he acts as subject librarian for History, Archaeology, Literature, and Classical studies. He also lectures in book history and methodology and is the rare books and map curator.

Marie Léger-St-Jean is a freelancer, a digital humanist, and proud independent scholar working on nineteenth-century transnational transmedia mass culture. She is the founder of and mastermind behind Price One Penny, a bibliographical and biographical database about the countless publishers and authors involved in the production of cheap literature in London from the 1830s to the 1850s

Following on from this, there will be plenty of opportunity for participants to talk about their experiences, share knowledge and provide perspectives. We will also use this event to think about how SHARP can do more as an organisation to support ECRs working on book history.

The event is organised by SHARP Executive Assistant Ellen Barth, Recording Secretary Vincent Trott and Director of Transnational Affairs Jan Hillgärtner.

SHARP research development grants for BIPOC scholars

SHARP is committed to enhancing the presence of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in its community, and supporting the progression of BIPOC scholars in their academic/research careers. In order to support training and career development, and in a desire to respond actively to the issues of racism and under-representation, SHARP is offering five $500 grants to support projects by BIPOC scholars (at any stage of their career).

We are delighted to announce that applications for these grants are now being accepted.

Details of the grants and (the very easy to fill in) application form are available on our website here: https://www.sharpweb.org/main/research-development-grants-for-bipoc-scholars/

Applications close on the 1st September 2020. Please do circulate this grant widely, across all of your networks, and contact awards@sharpweb.org if you have any questions.

We look forward to receiving your applications.

SHARP in Focus

SHARP would like to invite you all to #SHARPinFocus, a week of virtual events running June 15 through June 19. #SHARPinFocus is open to anyone interested in book studies. However, membership dues allow SHARP to continue to offer conferences, events, awards, and fellowships. Please consider joining at https://www.sharpweb.org/main/join/.

SCHEDULE (status quo: June 2, 2020)


  • Decolonizing Book History (5pm Central Europe /11am Eastern /8am Pacific)
    Join Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, SHARP’s Director of Awards, as she chairs a roundtable discussion on the concepts, challenges, and strategies of decolonising book history. Panelists Marina Garone Gravier (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), Priya Joshi (Temple University), Jean Lee Cole (Loyola University Maryland), Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton University), and Andrea Reyes Elizondo (Leiden University) will explore issues of colonisation/decolonisation, indigenisation, race politics, social justice and equity with regard to, for example, the types and modes of research undertaken in Book History, teaching practices, and the collection, archiving and curation of knowledge in databases and catalogues.
    Please register via SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org to attend!
  • SHARP Coffeehouse: Reimagining SHARP News (10pm Central Europe / 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific)
    Join us as we discuss the new look of SHARP News and think about what role the new version of SHARP News can play for SHARP members and the scholarly community. With SHARP News editor-in-chief Andie Silva, SHARP News head reviews editor Nora Slonimsky, and hosted by Director of Publications, Corinna Norrick-Rühl.
    Please register via SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org to attend!


  • SHARP Coffeehouse on the future of academic conferences (5-6pm Central Europe / 11am-12pm Eastern / 8-9am Pacific).
    Join SHARP’s Director of Conferences Josée Vincent and Vice President Will Slauter for a brainstorming session on various aspects of the conference experience. Topics for discussion include: what is distinctive about SHARP conferences? How can we make our conferences more inclusive and more environmentally sustainable? What digital formats seem most promising?
    Email SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org to register
  • Bring Your Own Book (BYOB) Launch Party, hosted by Director of Publications Corinna Norrick-Rühl (7:30-8:30pm Central European / 1:30-2:30pm Eastern / 10:30am-11:30pm Pacific)
    In succinct, 1-2 minute launch slots, we would like to showcase publications from our field of research that have been published since the last SHARP conference, i.e. between August 2019 and June 2020. If you would like to launch your book virtually, please register via email for directions with publications@sharpweb.org by June 12, 2020. For longer-term visibility, all of the books will also be listed on SHARP News on the “New publications by members” page.
    Please note that we will be happy to repeat this event if members wish, so don’t worry if you miss the cut-off or can’t make it this time.
    If you would like to join the launch as an audience member, please register via SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org for details.


  • Teaching Material Texts without the Material (9-10pm Central European / 3-4pm Eastern / 12-1pm Pacific)
    Join Sarah Werner, SHARP EC Member-at-Large, as she hosts a conversation about how to teach material book history when we can’t access those materials in person. A brief discussion with panelists Megan Peiser, Emily Spunaugle, and Matthew Kirschenbaum will be followed by break-out conversations about teaching strategies for when classes meet online. Peiser (Asst Prof of English, Oakland University) and Spunaugle (Rare Books Librarian, Oakland U) were co-teaching a book history course that drew extensively on their rare books collection when in-person teaching was suspended; Kirschenbaum (Prof of English, U Maryland) was teaching a graduate course on “how to do things with books” in their BookLab, of which he is co-director. The speakers will draw on their experiences in adjusting hands-on processes to online learning in order to help participants brainstorm their own potential pedagogical practices.
    Email SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org to register


  • SHARP coffeehouse on diversity, equity and inclusion. (5-6pm Central European / 11am-12pm Eastern / 8-9am Pacific)
    Join Marija Dalbello, Chair of SHARP’s Board of Directors, Jan Hillgaertner, Director of Transnational Affairs, and Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Director of Awards, for an informal discussion about how academic societies, and SHARP in particular, can better promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome your comments and suggestions!
  • SHARP Annual General Meeting and Awards (9-10pm Central European / 3-4pm Eastern / 12-1pm Pacific)
    Join the SHARP Executive Committee and members for brief updates on the state of our organization and for announcements by the Publications Committee of the awards for best book and best article in Book History. The live conversation will be followed by break-out rooms for discussion about what SHARP can do for you.
    Email SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org to register


  • SHARP Coffeehouse on membership benefits and initiatives (6-7pm Central European / 12-1pm Eastern / 9-10am Pacific)
    Come meet SHARP EC’s Membership Secretary Lisa Maruca and Member-at-Large (Pedagogy) Sarah Werner to discuss how SHARP can best serve its members. What can we do for you? How can you get more involved? Interested in our liaison system to connect with other organizations? Want to share your thoughts about the organization or our field with the Executive Council? This open discussion will help us brainstorm membership services and outreach—we’re eager to hear from you!
    Email SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org to register
  • SharpFriday: informal happy hour on Zoom, hosted by Marie Léger-St-Jean and Alisa Beer (8-9pm Central European / 2-3pm Eastern / 11am-12pm Pacific)
    Email SHARPinfocus@sharpweb.org to register or DM @Marie_LSJ or @alisakbee on Twitter

Conference: Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – 10:00 to Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – 20:00
Online, via Microsoft Teams

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on all aspects of lives, but nowhere has this been more visible than in the conflation of public and private workspace. As we work from home and attend endless online meetings, our bookshelves are suddenly on public display. This conference will ask speakers to critically examine this particular cultural phenomenon, brought to public attention by the pandemic. This online only conference is organised by the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration based in the Department of English & Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), The Open University and supported by SHARP (The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing), the world’s largest scholarly organisation in this research field.

For more information, please visit the conference website and download the call for papers.

SHARP in Focus, June 15-19, 2020

Mark your calendars for SHARP in Focus, June 15-19, 2020. It will be a week of all kinds of book history all for you on all your devices! There’ll be a virtual book launch highlighting recent publications by members, pedagogy brainstorming, a peek into the new SHARP News, and of course, our Annual General Meeting and awards ceremony! We will also be opening a SHARP coffeehouse for informal conversations with Executive Council members about SHARP throughout the week and finish the week with #SharpFriday conversation. More information will be on the website soon.