What does SHARP do?
Each year SHARP holds an Annual Conference that brings scholars together for stimulating discussion of an enormously wide range of issues. In recent years, conference programs have been held in Scotland, Germany, the United States, France, the Netherlands, England, and Canada. SHARP 2010 will be held at the University of Helsinki. Conferences devoted to special themes and regions are also held under the aegis of SHARP, such as SHARP Copenhagen: “Published Words, Public Pages” conference in September 2008, whose program illuminated issues in the history of Nordic and Baltic Sea print culture.
The organization publishes SHARP News, the society’s quarterly newsletter, featuring stimulating essays, book reviews, calls for papers, conference announcements, a listing of new publications, notes and queries, and reports on book studies throughout the world. We also publish Book History, an annual hardcover scholarly journal edited by Jonathan Rose and Ezra Greenspan.
SHARP also annually presents three awards: the Award for Distinguished Achievement, for outstanding work in the history of the book; the DeLong Book History Prize, to the author of the best book published in the previous year; and the Book History Essay Prize, to the best graduate student article submitted to Book History on any aspect of the history of the book.
SHARP looks to the future as well, partnering with the Rare Books School at the University of Virginia to offer scholarship opportunities for graduate students and recent masters and Ph.D. recipients who wish to attend RBS.
Join SHARP today!
Membership in SHARP includes a subscription to SHARPNews and all other SHARP publications. Individuals may join SHARP via subscription services at Johns Hopkins University Press. Institutions may order subscriptions to Book History through Johns Hopkins University Press. Contact or phone 1-800-548-1784, or 410-516-6987.