CFP: The Book in Art and Science

fwd from SHARP-L  (with apologies for cross-posting)

Just a reminder that the deadline for individual and panel proposals for the SHARP 2011 conference is November 30, 2010. The links to the electronic proposal submission forms for individual papers and panels can be found at the SHARP website and the conference website.

Washington, DC is served by three airports, train, and a variety of buses running the Northeast corridor.  Accommodations will offer a range of prices, and we will have a message board for room sharing on the conference on website.

Taking “The Book in Art & Science” as its theme, the nineteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Washington, DC, Thursday, 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011. The sponsors of the conference are the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library and Institute, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The National Library of Medicine will be the site for welcome ceremonies and the conference’s opening keynote address by Dr. Jon Topham, Senior Lecturer in History of Science & Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds. Evoking Washington’s status as an artistic and scientific center, “The Book in Art & Science” is a theme open to multiple interpretations. Besides prompting considerations of the book as a force in either art or science or the two fields working in tandem, it also encourages examinations of the scientific text; the book as a
work of art; the art and science of manuscript, print, or digital textual production; the role of censorship and politics in the creation, production, distribution, or reception of particular scientific or artistic texts; the relationship between the verbal and the visual in works of art or science; art and science titles from the standpoint of publishing history or the histories of specific publishers; and much more. As always, proposals dealing with any aspect of book history are welcome.

We look forward to seeing many long-time SHARP members as well as new faces in Washington, DC, this coming July.  For those of you are frequent lurkers on or contributors to SHARP-L but have never officially joined the Society, we’d like this year to be the year that you do! SHARP conferences afford a wonderful opportunity for
exchange and to forge ties with fellow scholars working in the field and particular areas within the history of the book (and, of course, that includes manuscripts, periodicals, ephemera, digital texts, and

If you would like a copy of the CFP to circulate, please just email me directly:


Eleanor Shevlin and Casey Smith

Conference co-chairs

Eleanor F. Shevlin, Ph.D.
Dept. of English
548 Main Hall
West Chester University

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP)
Membership Secretary<>

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Phone: 202-462-3105

Published in: on November 22, 2010 at 10:18 am  Leave a Comment  

Book announcement: My Imaginary Illness

My book, “My Imaginary Illness: A Journey of Uncertainty and Prejudice
in Medical Diagnosis
“, has been released by Cornell University Press (22
October 2010).  It is part of their series “How Patients Think.”
The Press’ web site for the book is as follows:

A quick description:
At age twenty-one, Chloë Atkins began suffering from a mysterious
illness, the symptoms of which rapidly worsened. Paralyzed for months at
a time, she frequently required intubation and life support. She
eventually became quadriplegic, dependent both on a wheelchair and on
health professionals who refused to believe there was anything
physically wrong with her. When test after test returned inconclusive
results, Atkins’s doctors pronounced her symptoms psychosomatic. Atkins
was told not only that she was going to die but also that this was her
own fault; they concluded she was so emotionally deranged that she was
willing her own death.

My Imaginary Illness is the compelling story of Atkins’s decades-long
battle with a disease deemed imaginary, her frustration with a
succession of doctors and diagnoses, her immersion in the world of
psychotherapy, and her excruciating physical and emotional journey back
to wellness. As both a political theorist and patient, Atkins provides a
narrative critique of contemporary medicine and its problematic handling
of uncertainty and of symptoms that are not easily diagnosed or known.
She convincingly illustrates that medicine’s belief in evidence-based
practice does not mean that individual doctors are capable of
objectivity, nor that the presence of biomedical ethics invokes ethical
practices in hospitals and clinics. A foreword by Bonnie Blair O’Connor,
who teaches medical students how to listen to patients, and a clinical
commentary by Dr. Brian David Hodges, a professor of psychiatry, enrich
the book’s narrative with practical guidance for medical practitioners
and patients alike.

It is now available on

Many thanks,

Chloe G K Atkins

Chloë G. K. Atkins
Associate Professor
Department of Communication and Culture
Law and Society Program
Faculty of Arts
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta

Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 8:24 am  Comments (1)  

Women and Service

Dear Colleagues,

The book Over Ten Million Served,  was mentioned at the HSS Women’s Caucus meeting at the HSS Meeting in Montreal this past weekend. It was part of a larger discussion about women and the profession and the invisibility and/or underrecognition of service work.  I thought WHOM members would be interested in reading about this as well.  Perhaps this could a subject for us to discuss at the next AAHM meeting?

Heather Munro Prescott, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of History

Coordinator, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street

New Britain, CT 06050

(860) 832-2809

(860) 832-2804 (fax)

Published in: on November 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm  Leave a Comment