Each year SHARP holds an annual conference that brings scholars together for stimulating discussions of an enormously wide range of issues related to the history of authorship, reading and publishing. Panels allow scholars to learn about the newest research in their fields, while keynotes bring the SHARP community together across interests and periods.
SHARP conferences are run locally, making each one unique not only in location but also in thematic content. Questions about individual conferences should be addressed to the organizers identified here or on that conference’s website.
Interested in hosting a future conference? Contact Director of Conferences Alison Newman (conference@ sharpweb.org)
SHARP 2023, June 26–29
SHARP 2023, “Affordances and Interfaces: Textual Interaction Past, Present and Future,” will take place everywhere! Hosted by the Centre of the Book at the University of Otago, New Zealand, this global online conference will run over three days. See the Call for Papers and conference website for more information. Questions not answered in those places may be sent to the organizers at email@example.com.
Limited travel grants are available for students, independent scholars or other researchers lacking the necessary funding to travel to the conference location. Travel grants are awarded by the organizers of the individual conferences in collaboration with the treasurer.
Do you have any old SHARP programs? We’re missing ones for the years 2002, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. If you have one, we’d love a copy! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2022: “The Power of the Written Word” (Amsterdam)
- 2021: “Moving Texts: From Discovery to Delivery” (online; hosted by the Chair of Book studies at the University of Münster)
- 2020: “The Power of the Written Word” was postponed due to COVID-19 and was held in 2022. In lieu of an annual conference, SHARP held “SHARP in Focus,” a week of virtual events.
- 2019: “Indigeneity, Nationhood, and Migrations of the Book” (Amherst, Massachusetts)
- 2018: “From First to Last: Texts, Creators, Readers, Agents” (Sydney)
- 2017: “Technologies of the Book” (Victoria, British Columbia)
- 2016: “Les langues du livre / Languages of the Book” (Paris)
- 2015: “The Generation and Regeneration of Books” (Montreal)
- 2014: “Religions of the Book” (Antwerp)
- 2013: “Geographies of the Book” (Philadelphia)
- 2012: “The Battle for Books” (Dublin)
- 2011: “The Book in Art & Science” (Washington, DC)
- 2010: “Book Culture from Below” (Helsinki)
- 2009: “Tradition & Innovation” (Toronto)
- 2008: [program] (Oxford)
- 2007: “Open the Book, Open the Mind” (Minneapolis)
- 2006: “Trading Books–Trading Ideas” (The Hague and Leiden)
- 2005: “Navigating Texts and Contexts” (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
- 2004: [program] (Lyon)
- 2003: [program] (Claremont, California)
- 2002: (London)
- 2001: [program] (Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia)
- 2000: “International Gutenberg Conference” (Mainz)
- 1999: “SHARP 99” (Madison, Wisconsin)
- 1998: “SHARP 98“ (Vancouver)
- 1997: [program] (Cambridge, England)
- 1996: [program] (Worcester, Massachusetts)
- 1995: [program] (Edinburgh)
- 1994: [program] (Washington, DC)
- 1993: [program] (New York City)