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CfP: Indigeneity, Nationhood, and Migrations of the Book, SHARP 2019 (University of Massachusetts)

December 30, 2018

CFP – Indigeneity, Nationhood, and Migrations of the Book

We are pleased to invite submissions for the 27th annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship,
Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), to be held in Amherst, Massachusetts—primarily at the University of
Massachusetts—from Monday, 15 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019, with optional book-historical excursions on
19 July. (Details on pre- and post-conference activities will follow.) The conference theme is “Indigeneity,
Nationhood, and Migrations of the Book.”

Areas of inquiry may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
• The indigenous book: concepts, definitions, evolution
• Making marks to new media: varieties of communicative practice
• Cross-cultural encounters, diglossia, heteroglossia, and cultural hybridity
• The uses of print by colonizers and colonized
• Decolonizing book history, libraries, and archives
• The formation and material expression of national literatures
• Meanings and manifestations of the vernacular: national languages, lexica, dictionaries
• Immigration, identity, publication, and ethnic/national literatures
• The national: canon formation, the organization of academic knowledge, and library cataloguing
• Gender, sexuality, textuality, and the construction of the national
• Materiality and the surface of the text from petroglyphs to pixels
• Media migrations: manuscript, print, analog, digital
• National books, translation, circulation, and globalization
• Literary landmarks: sites of creation, curation, fandom, and cultural pilgrimage

The deadline for submissions is 30 December 2018, with more information available here.


December 30, 2018
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