CFP: Digital Projects Showcase, SHARP Conference 2013

The message below is from the SHARP email list.

The Organizing Committee for the Philadelphia SHARP Conference 2013 announces a second Call for Submissions, for digital projects related to book history and bibliography. These may include but are not limited to research tools, apps and software, bibliographies or databases, corpora of media or texts, digitization initiatives, remediations, and interactive interfaces.
We will exhibit up to 20 of these projects in a free-form session in which participants will be able to share their digital and new media work with an audience of nearly 300 conference delegates (faculty, librarians, administrators, independent scholars, graduate students).
The Showcase will be held between 12 and 3pm on Saturday, July 20, 2013. The conference runs from Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21,
We welcome submissions on all aspects of SHARP’s purview: authorship, reading, and publishing. We particularly encourage proposals of new or recent work, as well as proposals directly relevant to the conference theme, “Geographies of the Book.” (To learn more about the 2013 Conference, please visit our website at
The deadline for proposals is Friday, January 25, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (GMT +5h).
To submit, please email the SHARP 2013 Program Committee at with a brief introduction (up to 400 words) of your project/tool/software. Questions that may be addressed include:
– what were the origins of your project; what are its theoretical underpinnings and its goals?
– what are the historical period and geography/ies covered?
– what determined its design? what tools and software were used? if your project *is* a tool or software, how does it benefit book historians and/or bibliographers?
– how did the digital or media component(s) of your project enable, strengthen, or transform the materials and methods under consideration? what new questions were raised?
– how might this approach or tool be scaled up, appropriated, or reused in other contexts?
Please be sure to name all participants and institutions involved.
Participants will be expected to provide their own hardware for demonstrations (PCs/Macs, tablets, drives, sound systems, etc.). The conference’s Local Arrangements Committee will provide logistical assistance (tables, chairs, extension cords, Internet access) but unfortunately cannot offer tech support.
Those who have submitted papers to the main conference program may also submit project proposals to the Digital Projects Showcase, but, with consideration for program planning and maximal participation, will only be selected for one or the other.
One participant for each proposal must be(come) a member of SHARP prior to the conference.
Some financial assistance may be available; in the past we have been able to fund between 10-15% of all travel grant requests. If you wish to apply for a travel grant, please include a statement of up to 150 words explaining how much funding you are requesting and why.
Please contact the SHARP Program Committee with any questions by email at or by phone at +1.347.6SHRP13 (+1.347.647.7713).
We look forward to your submissions, and to showcasing our changing digital landscape in Philadelphia next July.
David McKnight
Convenor, SHARP 2013 Conference, Philadelphia

“Geographies of the Book”
The 21st Annual Conference of the Society for the History of
Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
18-21 July, 2013
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA