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


Book Culture from Below

The conference theme Book Culture from Below emphasizes the book culture of peasants, the laboring classes and other under-represented and oppressed groups, especially their independence and initiative in creating, using and deciphering printed works and print culture. In keeping with the SHARP spirit, we welcome proposals on all aspects of book history, but especially those that address issues and questions related to the conference theme, for example:

We invite not only researchers of print culture but also those studying manuscripts (whether medieval or modern era) to the conference.


The conference is open to both individual presentations and complete panel proposals (including three speakers and a chairperson). Each speaker will be given 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. All sessions will last 90 minutes. The proposals should be sent in English, which is the main language of the conference.

The deadline for submissions was 30 November 2009, and the official on-line submission process is now closed. No proposals will be considered after the deadline.

Participants must be members of SHARP in order to present at the conference. It is the responsibility of presenters to ensure that they are members by the time of the registration. For information on membership, please visit the SHARP website at www.sharpweb.org.

Travel grants

SHARP is able to provide a limited number of travel grants to graduate students and independent scholars. If you wish to be considered for such a grant, please state this when submitting your proposal.

Contact addresses

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Photo by Åke Nygård.