The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1636  Thursday, 31 August 2000.

From:           Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 31 Aug 2000 09:17:23 -0400
Subject:        History of the Book: SHARP 2001 in Virginia


Call for Papers for SHARP 2001

19-22 July 2001


The ninth annual conference for the Society for the History of
Authorship, Reading and Publishing will meet 19-22 July 2001 in
Williamsburg and Richmond, Virginia. Convening in the historic capital
of the Virginia colony and the contemporary capital of the twenty-first
century state, the conference will span the centuries of book history.
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 in any historical period or place.

The SHARP conference is being sponsored by the Library of Virginia and
the Virginia Center for the Book in Richmond and the American Studies
Program and the Earl Gregg Swem Library of the College of William and
Mary in Williamsburg. Taking advantage of these auspices, we invite
proposals for papers and sessions on "Books and Libraries in the New
Millennium." With every aspect of communications undergoing change in
the electronic age, the SHARP meeting offers an occasion to reflect on
the present and future condition of the print medium. Among the featured
speakers will be David Baldacci, the best-selling author of suspense
thrillers (Absolute Power), talking about writing for the mass market.

Sessions will take place both in the state-of-the-art Library of
Virginia and at the College of William and Mary, adjacent to Colonial
Williamsburg, the outdoor museum of eighteenth-century Virginia history
and culture.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit the
historic sites, including the printing office and book bindery. The
conference will also be highlighted by a special airing of "the Book
Guys," a public radio show devoted to book collecting and history, which
will presented before the "live" and lively SHARP audience. We are also
planning a "book collectors" tour of the region, beginning in
Charlottesville before the conference and culminating in Washington,
D.C. (and the Library of Congress) thereafter.

Proposals for individual papers should be one page maximum, 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. The deadline for submissions
is October 31, 2000.  Proposals should be sent by email, if possible, to
Robert A. Gross at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Those preferring to submit proposals by regular mail should direct them

Robert A. Gross
SHARP 2001 Program Chair
American Studies Program
College of William and Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg VA 23187-8795

SHARP offers a limited number of travel grants to graduate students and
independent scholars (that is, those with no institution to fund their
travel). Those wishing to apply for a grant should so indicate on their

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing
(SHARP) is a growing global network of scholars from a variety of
disciplines who study the social, economic, and cultural history of
written and printed communication. More information about SHARP can be
found on the SHARP webpage at http://www.indiana.edu/~sharp/

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