THE 2022 CONFERENCE OF THE SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF AUTHORSHIP, READING AND PUBLISHING WILL TAKE PLACE IN AMSTERDAM FROM 11 TO 15 JULY 2022.
The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Research addresses the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms from marks on stone to new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communication network. With more than a thousand members in over forty countries, SHARP works in concert with affiliated academic organizations around the world to support the study of book history in all its forms.
The 2022 conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing will take place in Amsterdam from 11 to 15 July 2022.
Organized by University of Amsterdam – UvA (Book Studies & University Library) and Vrije Universiteit – VU (University Library, Religious Heritage).
The written word has immense power. Manuscripts, books, newspapers, pamphlets, internet and even graffiti can define and spread knowledge as well as form tools for emancipation and liberation. Yet it can also break down communities and fuel discontent. Some argue that new technologies and strategies have enhanced the power of the written word in a negative sense. Others answer that fake news, manipulation and ever-changing technologies have always played a role in history. Moreover, the power of the written word seems threatened by the preponderance of visual technologies in the spread of information. The conference theme explores how and to what extent the power of the written word has manifested itself in past, present and future. Scholars from a range of disciplines are invited to elaborate on the subject – from text creation, illumination and editing to dissemination and distribution of written and printed documents. Big data, digital humanities, codicology, history – whatever the method, we invite you to examine the theme from its beginnings in Sumeria and far into the future. What is the power of the written word? What has it achieved?
Marianna Iannaccone, John Florio’s scholar, will present the paper “Florio’s Folio: the hunt for a literary identity“