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SHARP at South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Liaison: Melissa Makala
Posted through June 1, 2013
CFP: SHARP at SAMLA 2013
Papers are invited for the SHARP affiliate session at the 2013 SAMLA Convention. Potential topics include print culture, history of the book, authorship, publishing history, publishers’ archives, circulation, and reception. Papers addressing this year’s theme, “Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds,” are especially welcome. The 85th annual SAMLA Convention will be held 8-10 November 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. For more information about the convention, visit SAMLA’s website (http://samla.memberclicks.net/).
By June 1, 2013, please email a 350-word abstract and short biography (including contact information) to SHARP liaison Melissa Makala, University of South Carolina, at
Proposers need not be members of SHARP in order to submit, but presenters will need to be members of both SAMLA and SHARP. More details about the session will be posted on the Networking page later this summer.
CFP: Bibliography and Textual Criticism Panel SAMLA, November 8-10, 2013
The Bibliography and Textual Criticism panel welcomes 15-minute papers related to textual studies, bibliography, the history of the book, authorship, rare books, paratextuality, publishing history, circulation and reader reception, and the study of archives, books, or texts as material objects. The convention theme of “Cultures, Contexts, Images, Texts: Making Meaning in Print, Digital, and Networked Worlds” is particularly relevant to this standing session, so papers addressing the theme are especially welcome.
By June 1, 2013, please email a 300-word abstract and short biography to Jeffrey Makala, University of South Carolina, at makalaj [at] mailbox.sc.edu.
SHARP at Modern Language Association (MLA) Liaison: Greg Barnhisel
Posted through 01/15/2014
SHARP Affiliate Organization Panel at MLA Chicago, 2014: Books and the Law From Star Chamber to the Google Books settlement, authorities have always monitored and regulated the written word through decrees and laws. As communications technologies changed, the laws governing the creation, production, and reception of written works changed as well. For its affiliate-organization panel at MLA 2014, SHARP is seeking papers that explore aspects of the relationship between readers, writers, publishers, printers, booksellers, and the law. Potential topics could include printers’ guilds, copyright, sedition and blasphemy, legal texts and the study of the law, censorship, patents on printing equipment, legal regulation of specific genres, literature in the courts, the law in literature, or labor law in print shops.
One does not need to be a member of SHARP to submit a proposal, but presenters will need to be members of both SHARP and MLA. 250-word abstracts and brief CVs to Greg Barnhisel (barnhiselg [at] duq.edu) by March 15.
SHARP Affiliate Organization Panel at MLA Chicago, 2014: Book History and Virginia Woolf Jointly sponsored with the International Virginia Woolf Society. Virginia Woolf, book history and arts; Woolf and letterpress, bookbinding, book arts; depictions of the material book or printing process in Woolf; or bibliographical or manuscript based studies
One does not need to be a member of SHARP to submit a proposal, but one does need to be a member of SHARP and/or the International Virginia Woolf Society as well as MLA to present on this panel. 250-word abstracts and brief CVs to Greg Barnhisel (barnhiselg [at] duq.edu) by March 8.
SHARP Affiliate Organization Panel at MLA Chicago, 2014: Book History and Digital Humanities In addition to the above panels, SHARP will sponsor a roundtable on Book History and Digital Humanities. For more information, see: http://www.mla.org/cfp_detail_5779
As regional liaison for Germany, I’d like to give you an outlook on some of the activities planned for 2013 in German-speaking countries in the area of book and publishing studies/history.
The Gutenberg-Institute for Book Studies in Mainz will be holding a symposium on “Green Publishing” in January 2013 (1/24-25). We look forward to discussing sustainability and greener reading with scholars and book industry specialists (the German-language program can be found here: http://www.buchwissenschaft.uni-mainz.de/fileadmin/Dokumente/Flyer_Kolloquium_2013_Green_publishing.pdf).
In April (4/25-27), the Gutenberg-Institute for Book Studies will be holding a conference on the history of the Ullstein publishing house. The program has not been published yet, but we will be happy to keep you posted (please feel free to send me an email if you’d like to receive the flyer).
In May (5/9-10), there will be a SHARP-sponsored network conference in Freiburg. Proposals can be submitted till the end of the year – more info can be found here: http://www.sharpweb.org/images/PDFdocs/NetworkConferenceFreiburg2013.pdf
In August (8/1-2), the IBG Young Scholars of the Internationale Buchwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft will meet in Erlangen. The topic of the meeting will be the book as a commodity and cultural value. Papers can be submitted till the end of the year: http://www.buchwiss.de/files/cfp_3._ibg_young_scholars_2013.pdf
In November (11/7-8), the IBG (Internationale Buchwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft) will hold its annual meeting in St. Gall (Switzerland). The topic of the two-day conference will be plagiarism. More information will follow in the course of the coming year.
Please let me know if you’d like more information on any of these events and I will be happy to put you in touch with the organizers.