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call for papers: Open the Book, Open the Mind

Posted in history,scholarship by Rae on 15 September 2006

SHARP 2007 Conference: Open the Book, Open the Mind

The fifteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of 
Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Minneapolis 
at the University of Minnesota on July 11-15, 2007. SHARP is the leading 
international association for historians of print culture, enlisting 
more than 1,200 scholars world-wide; its members study "the creation, 
dissemination, and reception of script and print, including newspapers, 
periodicals, and ephemera," as well as the history of books. The 
forthcoming conference is organized in cooperation with the College of 
Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota; University of Minnesota 
Libraries; Minneapolis Public Library; Minnesota Historical Society, and 
Minnesota Center for Book Arts -- a part of Open Book.

The conference theme, "Open the Book, Open the Mind," will highlight how 
books develop and extend minds and cultures, and also how they are 
opened to new media and new purposes. However, individual papers or 
sessions may address any aspect of book history and print or manuscript 

The conference organizers invite proposals for individual presentations, 
and also for complete panels of three presentations on a unifying topic. 
As is the SHARP custom, each session of 90 minutes will feature three 
papers of up to 20 minutes, providing time for substantive discussion 
with members of the audience. Proposals should be submitted via the 
online conference website by November 30, 2006: please go to 
http://purl.oclc.org/NET/SHARP2007proposals and follow the directions 
provided there.

Each individual proposal should contain a title, an abstract of no more 
than 300 words, and brief biographical information about the author or 
co-authors. Session proposals should explain the theme and goals, as 
well as include the three individual abstracts.

Each year SHARP provides funding support for a few partial travel grants 
for advanced graduate students and for independent scholars. If you 
would like to apply for such support please do so online, as you submit 
your proposal.

In keeping with the theme of the conference, a "pre-conference" of 
practical workshops and a plenary session devoted to book arts and 
artists' books will be held at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts at 
Open Book, near the University of Minnesota campus, on Tuesday, July 10, 
2007. Details about that pre-conference and about the main conference 
program, registration, and housing arrangements will be made available 
early in 2007 at the general conference web site, 
http://www.cce.umn.edu/conferences/sharp. Much information about SHARP 
2007 and its location, including hotel-reservation information, is 
already available there.

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