17-20 August 2010
University of Helsinki - The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland - Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies
The Nordic-Baltic-Russian Network on the History of Books, Libraries and Reading - Finnish Literature Society



Welcome to the homepage of Book Culture from Below – The Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). The conference took place in Helsinki, 17-20 August 2010.


The program of the conference and the abstracts of the presentations are presented at Scientific Program.

The conference was pleased to present two keynote speakers:

The conference also included three panel discussions on the main theme Book Culture from Below:

Conference in the Web

Prof. Bottigheimer's keynote lecture and the three panel discussions were webcast. The webcasts were not recorded for later viewing.

All reviews and articles about the conference are collected to our Press page.

Pictures of the conference are presented at the conference flickr photostream.

The conference events could be followed via Twitter. Tweets related to the conference have been saved here (#sharp10) and here (#sharp2010).

Other Book Culture Events in Helsinki

Several libraries, book stores, galleries and museums arranged exhibitions, guided tours and other events related to the conference theme. Organizers would like to thank especially The National Library of Finland for the guide tour and Laterna Magica for a reception. See events and exhibitions in Travel and Tourism.

Peasant Juho Valtonen's (1856-1930) diaries.
Photo by Åke Nygård.