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SHARP 2002: Authorship, Reading and Publishing
London, July 2002


10-13 July 2002 University of London

The tenth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading
and Publishing (SHARP) will be held in London between 10th and 13th July 2002. The
lead institution is the Institute of English Studies in the School of Advanced
Study, University of London ( ; the British Library (
and the Wellcome Library ( are co-organisers.

Sessions will take place in Senate House (the administrative and academic centre
of the federal University of London in which the prestigious University of London
Library is housed), and in the British Library and in the Wellcome Library. Apart
from the usual panel and plenary sessions there will be opportunities to visit
archives, libraries and others sites of interest in and around London (including
the publishers' archives at the University of Reading).

In the SHARP tradition, we welcome proposals for individual papers and entire
sessions dealing with the creation, diffusion, or reception of the written or
printed word or image in any historical period or place. We also seek to draw on
the particular interests and strengths of the institutions organising the
conference. To this end there are two specific themes on which we would
particularly welcome submissions. The first is the history of the medical book;
the second is digitization as it impinges on book history.

Each panel will usually last one-and-a-half hours and will consist of three
papers. Each paper should last a maximum of twenty minutes, thus allowing ten
minutes discussion of each paper. Proposals for individual papers should be the
equivalent of one page maximum (i.e. 450 words), giving the paper title, a short
abstract and brief biographical identification. Session proposals should include a
cover sheet explaining the theme and goals and separate sheets for each paper.

A small number of travel grants will be available to trainee scholars (those
currently writing PhD theses) and to independent scholars (those who are not
members of institutions which would normally be expected to support travel to an
academic conference). If you wish to be considered for such a grant you should
indicate this at the end of your proposal. Please note that we always receive more
applications for grants than we have grants to give.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 31 October 2001. Proposals should be
sent by email, if possible, to:

Those who do not have access to email should send a hard copy of the proposal to:

SHARP 2002, Room 308, IES, School of Advanced Study, Senate House, Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HU, UK.