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MLA 2020 in Seattle

As Liaison Officer for SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing), it is my role to organise our annual sessions at the Modern Language Association convention. The next MLA convention will take place in Seattle (9–12 January 2020).
As usual, SHARP is sponsoring two sessions:
1) A guaranteed session on Databases and Print Culture Studies
Mass-digitized archives of newspapers and books have revolutionized print culture studies. Data-rich collections and their impact on knowledge production and methods. Including use of data science and artificial intelligence. 300-word abstract + 1-page CV.
E-mail Address: l.jaillant [at] Submission Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019
2) A joint session with the International Spenser Society
Spenser and the Digital Humanities
New book history/ digital humanities projects on Edmund Spenser. Digitization and data-driven research/pedagogy. 300-word abstracts/ CV by 15 March 2019. Lise Jaillant (l.jaillant [at]…
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AHRC Leadership Fellowship

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Privacy, Open Data and the Humanities Workshop (London, 21 June 2018)

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has led to a privacy backlash and to calls for tighter regulation of Facebook and other Internet Giants. Social and computer scientists fear that legitimate researchers could be collateral damage. Yet, there has been no discussion on the plight of Humanities researchers confronted to “dark archives.” With the forthcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (May 2018), it may be even more complicated to access data in the future.
This DH@Lboro workshop will bring together academics, archivists and open data advocates to discuss the issues of privacy and access to data. We will focus primarily (but not exclusively) on cultural data and the case of the Humanities. The workshop will take place on 21 June 2018 at the School of Advanced Study in London.

Keynote speaker: Olivier Thereaux, Open Data Institute

For more information: l.jaillant [at]

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MLA 2019 in Chicago

The Modern Language Association Convention will take place in Chicago (3–6 January 2019).

SHARP is sponsoring two sessions:

(1) A guaranteed session on New Perspectives in Book History.

New perspectives that are altering the way we do book history. Including global perspectives and digital humanities. 300-word abstract – CV by 1 March 2018; Lise Jaillant (

(2) A joint session with the William Morris Society: Publishing William Morris and his Circle

Perspectives on publishing William Morris and his circle; Morris as publisher; illustrations, printing, and physical book format. Book history/digital humanities approaches welcome. 300-word abstract – CV by 1 March 2018; Lise Jaillant ( and Kelly Ann Fitzpatrick (

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award

I have been awarded a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (£15,000) for my project “After the Digital Revolution: Bringing together archivists and scholars to preserve born-digital records and produce new knowledge.”
The project will run for one year, from 31 March 2017.
Abstract The digital revolution has profoundly affected the ways we encounter archival documents. Yet, archivists and literary scholars rarely "sit at the same table," and this lack of dialogue has an impact on issues of access, particularly in the case of born-digital materials. We will run two workshops to find solutions to this overall problem of access to emails and other born-digital records in literary and publishers’ archives.
This will be achieved through three specific objectives.
First, we will look at the preservation of collections through data recovery (including the recovery of emails). Second, we will discuss new ways to make collections findable and usable. Third, we will share methods…

MLA 2018 in New York City

The next MLA convention will be in New York City (4-7 January 2018).
Here are the two call for papers for SHARP sessions. Please send us an abstract or share with anyone with might be interested.
1. SHARP guaranteed session
Title of session: The Digital Future of Literary Archives
Submission requirements: Abstracts, 300 words
Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2017
Description: What does the future of literary archives look like? This roundtable will address issues of preservation, discoverability and accessibility following the digital revolution.
Contact person information: Lise Jaillant (l.jaillant [at]
2. Joint session with the Edith Wharton Society
Title of the session: Edith Wharton, Book History and Digital Humanities
Submission requirements: Abstract, 300 words
Deadline for submissions: 10 March 2017
Description: New approaches in book history and digital humanities to shed light on Edith Wharton’s work and relationships with her publishers and readers.
Contact person inform…

MLA 2017 in Philadelphia

The next MLA conference will be in Philadelphia (5–8 January 2017).

Here are the two call for papers for SHARP sessions. Please send us an abstract or share with anyone who might be interested.

1. SHARP guaranteed session
Radical Book History - People, Archives, Methods

How do we write radical book history? "Radical" book trade figures, the use of "radical" methodologies or archives. All periods and places. 250-word abstracts by 15 March 2016; Lise Jaillant (

2. CSE-SHARP Collaborative Session

Editor-author relations; editors imagining or constructing readerships; social, interactive, crowd-sourced, translated/bilingual editions; editorial epistemologies, canons, information overload;
editions in promotion/tenure; paratext, apparatus, digital/print affordances. 250-word abstracts by 11 March 2016; Anne Coldiron (