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MLA 2023 in San Francisco


The next MLA (Modern Language Association) Annual Convention will be held from 5 to 8 January 2023 in San Francisco. The presidential theme is Working Conditions.

As always, SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) will organise a guaranteed session. We are inviting papers on the theme "Women and Book History."

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, Leslie Howsam encouraged scholars to "make use of the powerful theory and flexible methodology of feminist analysis when we think about and investigate the history of books" (SHARP News, Vol. 7, number 4, Autumn 1998).

This short article on "women and book history" still resonates today. We invite papers on (but not limited to): the theory and methodology of feminist book history; the study of women in the book trade and women book collectors; the analysis of women readers. All periods and geographical areas.

Please send your abstract (250 words) and CV (2 pages) by Wednesday 30 March 2022 to