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Open the Book, Open the Mind, Fifteenth Annual Conference, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, July 11-15, 2007


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 culture.

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 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

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, Much information about SHARP
2007 and its location, including hotel-reservation information, is already
available there.
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