SHARP Brisbane 2011

Apr. 28, - Apr. 30, 2011
Location: University of Queensland Australia Brisbane,

Early Bird Registration deadline: 18 March 2011.

The Long Twentieth Century: SHARP Brisbane conference draws ever nearer! We encourage all prospective attendees to register for the conference as soon as possible to assist us with confirming the numbers for the event, and to take advantage of our excellent ‘Early Bird’ rates (which close on 18 March 2011). We are excited by the diverse and interesting range of papers offered by the programme, and very much looking forward to seeing everyone with an interest in modern book history, print culture, and authorship, reading and publishing, in Brisbane in April. See below for some further updates on the conference.


Our keynote speakers will be Professor James English (University of Pennsylvania), who is presenting on ‘Literary Studies and Sociological Method,’ and Dr Simone Murray (Monash), whose paper is entitled ‘Author Functions: The Transmedial Author and the Contemporary Adaptation Industry’. We are also pleased to confirm that the conference reception (see below) will feature a public lecture from Peter Brantley, director of the Bookserver Project at the Internet Archive.

Pre-Conference Events:

An exciting bundle of ‘pre-conference’ events is being planned for Thursday 28 April. Professor James English will be conducting a ‘masterclass’ on the afternoon of the 28th on the topic of ‘The Global Economy of Cultural Prestige’. The seminar will take off from the final section of his book, The Economy of Prestige, and will also consider Pascale Casanovas approach to modelling ‘Literature as a World’. Readings will be prepared for participants. The masterclass is open to all (and not restricted to conference delegates) but it is targeted especially at postgraduate students and Early Career Researchers. Could those interested in attending this event please email the conference convenors at In addition to the masterclass, the convenors of AusRED, the Australian Reading Experience Database, in collaboration with the UK RED, will be organising a symposium on the international development of Reading Experience Databases (for further information please contact Patrick Buckridge,

Also on Thursday 28 April, the Queensland Writers Centre and if:book Australia at the State Library of Queensland will be hosting a one-day symposium that focuses on the future of readership, entitled ‘The Reader’ ( The opening evening reception for SHARP Brisbane will take place at the State Library of Queensland from 5:30pm, in conjunction with this latter event. While the reception is FREE for all SHARP delegates, attendance at the symposium itself must be arranged directly through if:Book Australia and will attract a separate fee.

Flood Advisory
As most will be aware, the recent floods caused considerable damage to some parts of Brisbane. The University of Queensland suffered damage to low-lying grounds and sporting facilities but the majority of buildings were unaffected. Happily, the clean-up has progressed swiftly, both at the University and around Brisbane generally, and few physical signs of the flooding remain. It is however possible that the Brisbane ‘CityCat’ ferry service might not be back in full operation by the time of the conference; the University ferry stop was completely washed away. We had recommended the ‘CityCat’ as a pleasant way to travel to and from the University and to see the city and the river, so this is a little unfortunate, but the Brisbane bus service is currently running with a significant number of extra services to replace the ferries.

Venue Change

Thanks to the interest in the conference we have had to change the venues for the conference sessions. All sessions will now be held in the Forgan Smith and Parnell Buildings, within the University of Queensland's Great Court. For further information, see the venues page on this website.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have.

Kind Regards,

David Carter and Nathan Garvey

Convenors, The Long Twentieth Century: SHARP Brisbane