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.