SHARP Research Development Grants for BIPOC Scholars 2022 Recipients

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 underrepresentation, SHARP is offering five $1000 grants to support projects by BIPOC scholars.

SHARP’s Director of Awards is delighted to announce that the recipients of the research development grants are:

DeLisa D. Hawkes (University of Tennessee)
Amber Khan (University of Glasgow)
Swati Moitra (Gurudas College, University of Calcutta)
Cindy Nguyen (University of California)
Sara Elizabeth Danielle Celeste Penn (Simon Fraser University)

Congratulations to these excellent scholars, and my thanks to the brilliant judging committee, which considered all the applications.

Queries relating to these grants may be addressed to Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Director of Awards (

MLA 2022 Session on “New Methods to Explore Digital Archives”

Modern Language Association convention 2022
SHARP session on “New Methods to Explore Digital Archives”

Online, Friday 7 January 8.30am to 9.45am (EST).

Dr Nora C. Benedict
Assistant Professor of Spanish & Digital Humanities
Department of Romance Languages, University of Georgia

Title: “Buyers versus Borrowers: A Look at the Finances of Shakespeare and Company”

Sylvia Beach is known for her “imperfect record keeping” and often indecipherable business accounts (Fitch 161). Joshua Kotin has even gone so far as to say that it would take “[a] team of forensic accountants…to reconstruct the finances of Shakespeare and Company” (121). That said, data from her lending library cards and logbooks provides key insight into Shakespeare and Company’s cash flow. While this financial information is not always presented in a systematic or exhaustive manner, it can still be used to develop a more nuanced understanding of the inner workings of Beach’s literary enterprise. To that end, in this paper I use the Shakespeare and Company Project datasets to examine the exchange of material goods in Beach’s bookshop. More specifically, my analysis centers on the details surrounding purchases and borrows of books from the events dataset. By limiting the scope of my study to only those records that contain transactional data—whether in the form of membership fees or actual book purchases—I unearth a new array of networks that were central to the daily operations of Shakespeare and Company. As a result, in contrast with the common focus on solely the most notable lending library members (or members of the Lost Generation in general), this financial approach brings to light invisible networks and underexplored figures whose monetary contributions were essential to keeping Beach’s business afloat.

Lawrence Evalyn
PhD candidate in English
University of Toronto

Title: “Random Sampling in the Digital Archive”

One of the lessons of distant reading has been that history contains many millions more books than we can actually read. Computational literary study has learned to be explicit about textual selection, but debates about method in non-computational research are often focused on the methods of analysis or rhetorical persuasion carried out by a piece of writing, rather than the work that precedes writing, namely, discovering and reading texts. As a provocation to our expectations of method, I have taken ten entirely random titles published in England between 1789 and 1799, and close-read them for an analysis of that decade’s contentious print culture. I expected this process to be an illuminating failure, but instead have found that critical interpretation is fully capable of locating important narratives about gender, war, racial difference, and religion, even when examining a prophetic pamphlet about a lunar eclipse alongside a budget report for the East India Company. In this paper I will particularly discuss how a random sample sheds new light on eighteenth-century medical misinformation. This experiment highlights the value of embracing the true scope of what is held in digital archives, and suggests that new methods of exploring digital archives could be excitingly alien.

Dr Jennifer Burek Pierce
Associate Professor
School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa

Title: “Finding Fictional Places on Actual Maps: A Case Study of Methods for Locating Reader Responses in the Digital World”

Matt Kirschenbaum has described the archive as “unbounded” and always in the process of creation, an apt description of digital media that document reading. These media appear on multiple platforms but are otherwise uncollected and unpreserved. Research that analyzes contemporary digital reading must respond to these conditions, particularly as individuals reconsider and remove their accounts from different platforms.

Digital mapping is a distinctive mode of reader response. Google Maps and other mapping technologies allow users to annotate professionally created maps, — a practice known as folk cartography — and readers adapt this technology to their own ends by adding fictional places from favorite books to real digital maps. One example emerges from reader response to Rainbow Rowell’s best-selling Simon Snow trilogy and readers’ decision to put her fictional Watford School of Magicks on Google Maps.1 The hidden school, a parallel to J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts, gained reviews and images that reflected how readers read and envisioned places in Rowell’s narrative. Understanding this practice requires research methods that allow us to locate and study map-based media that document reading.

The Watford example is significant because selective imaginary places have been mapped to the real world. If we search for venues listed in Manguel and Guadalupi’s Dictionary of Imaginary Places on Google Maps, we find that many fictional places do not have digital correlates. This asks that we consider why fictional sites are selected for mapping, how they are realized on technology platforms, and how we locate them.

When fans add fictional places to real maps, their voices are inscribed and stored in ways that augment what Kirschenbaum characterizes as the “heterogeneity of digital data and its embodied inscriptions.”2 Simple searches of maps are not an effective way of finding these sites. Guidebooks, news stories, and social media help highlight these sites of reader response, a kind of triangulation. Crucially, affect, or readers’ feelings for stories, is an important cue to the sort of narratives that might be realized on maps.

Dr Zackary Turpin
Assistant Professor / Director of Graduate Studies
English Department, University of Idaho

Since Walt Whitman’s death, the rediscovery of his lost publications has been a surprisingly regular process, turning up everything from manifestos and travel writings to a men’s wellness guide and a serialized novel. The search for lost Whitman works has also evolved substantially, with major discoveries of the poet’s unknown publications coming increasingly through digital means, thanks to his extensive publication record (signed or unsigned) in more than one hundred known newspapers, as well as his fondness for reusing pen names and initialisms. The rediscovery of lost texts, however, formerly done by way of manuscript and bibliographic evidence alone, is today being augmented with new digital methodologies, which enhance researchers’ efficacy and extend their reach into digital newspaper and manuscript archives. In this presentation, I will enumerate the strengths and weaknesses of some of the newest digital methods aiding the recovery of lost Whitman publications, including byline searches, metadata triangulation, computational stylometry, and idiolectic analysis. Such methods may turn up any number of lost texts, including not one but two Whitman novels that may still be missing, The Sleeptalker (ca. 1850-51) and Proud Antoinette (ca. 1858-60).

1 @rainbowrowell, “What do you do … Penny’s mom is going to be so PISSED” Twitter (15 Sept. 2019); @rainbowrowell, “I guess I should leave a review” Twitter (15 Sept. 2019): n

2 Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms, 6.

CfP: Reading for/and Escape: an online conference

17-18 March 2022
Organised by The History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) Research Collaboration, English & Creative Writing, The Open Universityand supported by SHARP (The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing)

The ability of books to mentally transport their readers away from the problems and challenges of everyday life is well established. And yet, reading for escape (rather than self-improvement) has often attracted moral censure for being self-indulgent and wasteful. Despite the plethora of influencers on social media with their lists of ‘10 escapist books to take your mind off the madness‘, in academia, reading for escape (and escapist fiction) has often been derided for being beneath serious intellectual enquiry: the main questions around how, why, where, and when people read for escape and to escape remain critically underexamined. Does reading for escape allow for temporary mental respite and therefore offer a safety valve, a way or normalising profoundly abnormal or traumatic circumstances? Or is reading for escape actually a way of re-engaging with the world around us? This conference will encourage participants to interrogate both reading for escape as an instrumental practice, as well as reading and escape as a series of cultural or personal associations.

Call for Papers, deadline: 7 January 2022

Please see flyer for details.

Dr Shafquat Towheed (organiser),
Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels (co-organiser),

Call for Applications for Coordinator of Communications

SHARP seeks an energetic US citizen or permanent resident scholar to serve an initial 3-year term as Coordinator of Communications for the Society. You will work largely independently under the general guidance of the Executive Council and Board to ensure effective communications and assist in delivering SHARP’s events. You will have the support of the Society’s Executive Assistant to manage web content and will work closely with that person to support one another’s tasks. Institutional affiliation is not required, but if you are not an independent scholar you will need to demonstrate the backing of your institution to permit you to dedicate approximately 10 hrs/week to SHARP’s activities.

Main duties will include oversight of the Society’s communications and assisting the Director of Conferences in planning and managing SHARP gatherings. You should be comfortable with social media, Twitter, WordPress and email protocols, write clearly, and know how to manage image files. Experience managing conferences is also desirable. Prior involvement with SHARP leadership roles would be helpful, but not essential.

SHARP would negotiate total combined compensation for the coordinator of communications and the partnering institution (if any) in the range of US$10,000-US$20,000. The Society aims to fill this role from 1 November 2021 or as soon as practicable thereafter. Please send expressions of interest or questions to the president, Shef Rogers ( All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Call for Expressions of Interest in Promoting Pedagogy

The SHARP Executive Council seeks expressions of interest to join the EC in the role of Member-at-Large with a focus on Pedagogy. This role was left vacant by the election of Sarah Werner to the role of Director of Electronic Resources and the EC does not wish to leave the position vacant until the 2022 elections. A selection panel consisting of three EC representatives and two Board members will make the appointment.

The member-at-large position is a full voting member of the EC, participating in all aspects of SHARP’s organisation and planning. The focus of the member-at-large is determined by the EC’s sense of areas to develop, and the EC has determined that the position should continue to focus on pedagogy for this two-year term. Responsibilities of the role include sourcing contributions to a bi-annual section of SHARP News called “SHARP in the Classroom,” as well as encouraging recognition of the importance of teaching book history in all aspects of SHARP’s work. The position, like all EC roles, is a volunteer role and involves 4–5 meetings per year and participation in the EC’s activities between meetings to further developments within the Society. Sarah Werner is happy to consult with anyone interested in applying (email: sarah@earlyprintedbooks).

The selection panel would welcome a statement of 300–500 words on why the applicant wishes to apply and what talents and experience the applicant brings to the role. All expressions of interest should be sent to the president, Shef Rogers (, by 15 October 2021; the position will be filled as soon as practicable thereafter.


BYOB Launch Party, vol. 3

We will be running a third iteration of the SHARP BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) launch party in the coming weeks! For those of you who were not able to attend a SHARP BYOB yet, 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 BYOB launch event, i.e. between November 2020 and September 2021. 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!

We have scheduled this event for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, from 8:30-9:30pm CET. Please save the date, and please double-check your time zone on

If you would like to launch your book, please register here and send us an email at 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 September 14, 2021.

All others are welcome to register for the event here.

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 ( 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; 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.

Geoffrey Rockwell et al. “Burying Dead Projects: Depositing the Globalization Compendium.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 8.2 (2014).

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.

(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.”

(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:

A recording of the event can be found here:

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 (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: and send us an email at 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: