Proposals on any aspect of book history or print culture in any region or time period may be submitted, but preference may be given to those that engage in some way with the conference theme. Basic audiovisual technology (local computer, data projector, screen) will be supplied.

SHARP 2015 will be an officially bilingual event. Proposals may be submitted in either English or French. Conference materials will be made available in both languages and panels comprising papers in both are welcome.

Conference Papers. Presentations must not exceed 20 minutes in length and will generally take place in panels of three. Proposals for traditional individual scholarly presentations must include:

    • a title and an abstract (max. 400 words);
    • a biography of the presenter (max. 100 words).

Panels. Proposals for panels (comprising 3 papers) organized in advance by the presenters themselves will be received favourably. Panel proposals must include, for each participant, the elements listed above, and:

    • a cover letter (max. 300 words) indicating the title of the panel and the theme. The format of the panel should also be described if it will depart from the norm of three individual presentations.

Lightning Papers. PhD students have the choice of submitting a proposal for a lightning paper. A segment of the program will be reserved for lightning papers. These are intended to offer students currently enrolled in a doctoral program a privileged space in which to present their current research. Lightning papers should not exceed ten minutes and may be accompanied by a maximum of three slides. Proposals for lightning papers should follow the same submission protocol as conference papers.

The deadline for submissions is 30 November 2014. The proposals must be submitted online. Program decisions will be announced in February 2015.

Membership in SHARP is mandatory for all those delivering papers at the conference. Membership is not necessary for the submission of a proposal, but those whose proposals are accepted must join SHARP or renew their membership for 2015–16 before registering for the conference.


A limited amount of travel funding will be available on request for students and independent scholars. Applicants should indicate if they would like to be considered for such funding when submitting their proposal.

SHARP 2015-Call for papers (PDF 559 Ko)