Annual Conference

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.

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

Travel Grants

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.

Past Conferences