Friday, October 22, 2010

"The Book in Art & Science," deadline November 30, 2010. SHARP meeting, Washington DC 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011

I did a paper for this conference a few years ago - it's a neat venue.

A reminder that the deadline for individual and panel proposals for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) 2011 conference, CFP "The Book in Art & Science," is November 30, 2010. The links to the electronic proposal submission forms can be found at

SHARP's  nineteenth annual conference will be held in Washington, DC, Thursday, 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011. The sponsors of the conference are the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library and Institute, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The National Library of Medicine will be the site for welcome ceremonies and the conference's opening keynote address by Dr. Jon Topham, Senior Lecturer in History of Science & Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds.

Evoking Washington's status as an artistic and scientific center, "The Book in Art & Science" is a theme open to multiple interpretations. Besides prompting considerations of the book as a force in either art or science or the two fields working in tandem, it also encourages examinations of the scientific text; the book as a work of art; the art and science of manuscript, print, or digital textual production; the role of censorship and politics in the creation, production, distribution, or reception of particular scientific or artistic texts; the relationship between the verbal and the visual in works of art or science; art and science titles from the standpoint of publishing history or the histories of specific publishers; and much more.

Such topics raise a host of possible questions:

What tensions exist between the book in art and the book in science? What collaborations emerge? How do these tensions or collaborations differ according to time or place? What roles have materialforms-manuscript, print or digital embodiments or books, periodicals, journals, editions-played in the histories of artistic and scientific works?  How does the lens of art or science inform histories of reading and readers?  What does this lens reveal about histories of authorship?
How have commercial factors or economics influenced the production or distribution of scientific or artistic works? What roles have states or institutions played in the history of the book in art and science?

The conference hopes to welcome many longstanding SHARP members but also aims to attract new members. The conference's address of art and science in its title invites those working on the history of science, technology, knowledge production, or the scientific book, to join us.

The full CFP is available now at

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