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SHARP 2022 in Amsterdam: DACH participants

SHARP’s annual meeting is taking place in Amsterdam next week under the theme “Power of the Written Word” (link to conference website) – in-person for the first time since it was held at the University of Massachusetts in July 2019. In 2020, SHARP ran an alternative week of online events in lieu of a conference […]

Job opportunity: Two positions for research associates at Bielefeld University research center “Practices of Comparing”

We’d like to alert our followers to two jobs currently advertised at Bielefeld University, both of which have a research focus on book and publishing history. In the context of the SFB 1288 “Practices of Comparing – Ordering and Changing the World,” the sub-project F02 “Greenwich Meridian of Literature? The Nobel Prize as a Global […]

New Publication: “The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture: Medium, Object, Metaphor”, edited by Alexander Starre and Heike Schaefer (Palgrave Macmillan)

We’re happy to announce a new book, edited by Alexander Starre (blog administrator) and Heike Schaefer, one of our associated scholars. The Printed Book in Contemporary American Culture: Medium, Object, Metaphor is now out with Palgrave Macmillan as part of their New Directions in Book History series. Book abstract: This essay collection explores the cultural […]

Conf: A History of Early Modern Communication: German and Italian historiographical perspectives (Trent, 6/7 December 2018)

This conference announcement was sent to us by the Conference convener and our Network member Daniel Bellingradt. More information can be found here. What is the history of communication? This conference aims to approach and discuss possible answers to this question, focusing on early modern Europe (1400-1800). While being a forum for discussing recent and […]

1,000 followers on Twitter!

Dear Associated Scholars, Readers and Guests on the Blog, We are happy to report that we have reached 1,000 followers on Twitter (@bookhistorynetw) – and counting. We are actually at 1,004 already! We continue to publish our posts here and on Twitter to maximize the reach of the blog in the German-speaking area and beyond. As the […]

CONF: Leaf or page: What it means to ‘read’ a manuscript, Hamburg, 22-23 June 2018

Our associated scholar Carlos Spoerhase has shared with us the announcement of a conference he’s co-organizing with Christian Benne (Copenhagen) at Hamburg University’s Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures later this month. We’re glad to pass this info along to our followers: Workshop: “Leaf or Page: What It Means to ‘Read’ a Manuscript” Centre for […]

5 Years – and Counting

It’s hard to believe – but our inaugural network conference took place a full five years ago in Freiburg! Since then, this blog has been in existence, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has contributed over the years. We are still convinced that it’s a good place to make […]

CfP Early American Studies-Workshop “Transatlantic Conversations”, Mainz, 4-6 October 2018

We’re happy to share the following CfP for a joint workshop by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies (Mainz) and the Society of Early Americanists. The organizers explicitly invite papers addressing the intersection of “book history, print and material culture”. Deadline: February 15, 2018 Contact: Prof. Oliver Scheiding (, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany The discipline of early […]

CfP: Conference Glocal Places of Literature, Göttingen, 28-30 June, 2018

Please take note of the following CfP for a conference hosted by the English Department at Göttingen University. The organizers welcome papers by doctoral candidates and postgraduates. Deadline: January 31, 2018 Contact: Marleen Knipping (; North American Studies, University of Göttingen) and Julia Kroll (; Anglophone Literature and Culture, University of Göttingen) Interdisciplinary Conference “Glocal Places […]

Talk: Mark-Georg Dehrmann: “J.J.Chr. Bode und G.E. Lessing als Drucker und Verleger in Hamburg”

The lecture series series “Die Materialität von Schriftlichkeit – Bibliothek und Forschung im Dialog” will continue on December 5 with a lecture by Mark-Georg Dehrmann (Humboldt University zu Berlin). He will speak on „J.J.Chr. Bode und G.E. Lessing als Drucker und Verleger in Hamburg“. Johann Joachim Christoph Bode was a translator and, from 1766 on, owner […]