Call for Submissions: SHARP in the Classroom

SHARP News is developing a new division for writing about book history pedagogy. SHARP in the Classroom will provide tools for teaching book history as well as reflections on pedagogical practices and reviews of resources. It is our intent that this body of work will help veterans of and newcomers to book history teach across our field of knowledge. To this end, we are soliciting pieces for the following sections:

  • Pedagogical tools: Do you teach the global history of the book and want to share how your course works? Have you successfully integrated library work with theoretical approaches and have exercises that others can use? Are your assignments creative ways of evaluating what your students have learned? This section focuses on the structural support for organizing and evaluating book history classes, whether as part of a semester-length course or as brief units embedded in other courses. Syllabi, assignments, and exercises for all ranges of classes and units are welcome. (200 words for introductory text)
  • Resource reviews: There are many resources out there for studying and teaching book history, from textbooks and readers to databases and websites. But are those resources useful? And what are they useful for? This section welcomes reviews of any resources that are intended for or can be used in teaching book history. (500-1000 words)
  • Reflections on pedagogy: Teaching is a complex endeavor, with different strategies and approaches to meet different needs and audiences. How do you integrate a feminist pedagogy into classes on text technologies? What can experiential learning do for rare materials study? Why would critical disability studies be helpful in working with printing presses? This section provides space for thinking about pedagogical practices writ large and how they impact our work as teachers. (1000-2000 words)
  • Voices from the Classroom: Hearing from students, teachers, and librarians doing book history work in the classroom can illuminate the benefits and excitement of studying book history. This section offers a chance to give voice to what being in the classroom is like. Students can share the work that they’ve produced in courses, teachers can offer viewpoints from leading that work. (1000-2000 words)

Interested in becoming a peer reviewer for this initiative? Fill out this form: https://forms.gle/DxSeWwk3EstUvGTDA

SHARP in the Classroom is published under a CC BY-NC-SA license and all work is peer reviewed under the auspices of the division’s editor, Sarah Werner, and the guidance of an editorial board.

For queries, contact Sarah Werner at sarah@earlyprintedbooks.com.