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>From: Michael Hancher <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: SHARP 2007 (11/30/06; 7/11/07-7/15/07)
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>CALL FOR PAPERS
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>SHARP 2007 Conference: Open the Book, Open the Mind
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>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.
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>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
>http://purl.oclc.org/NET/SHARP2007proposals and follow the directions
>provided there.
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>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.
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>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.
>
>--
>Michael Hancher
>Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
>207 Lind Hall, 207 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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