Call for papers: Tradition & InnovatioN

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) conference will take place at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 23-27 June 2009.

The conference theme, Tradition & InnovatioN, provides an opportunity to explore developments in the field of Book History. Professor Natalie Zemon Davis (Princeton and the University of Toronto) and Professor Dominique Kalifa (Paris 1) will deliver plenary addresses.

In keeping with previous SHARP conferences, we welcome proposals on all aspects of book history and print culture, but especially those that address issues related to the conference theme, such as:

* the future of the discipline
* methodologies: theory versus case studies?
* the legacy of material bibliography
* the “new media” and book culture
* transnational approaches
* the technologies of reading / assessing readerships
* the evolving nature of authorship
* book history and publishing studies

Presenters must be members of SHARP (by the time of registration) in order to present at the conference. For information on membership, please visit the SHARP website at

Proposals may be submitted in English or French using the online submission forms on the conference website for:

1. individual papers of 20 minutes, which will be combined into 90 minute panel sessions by the Programme Committee; or,
2. organized panels of three papers.

Deadline for submission is 30 November 2008.


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