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Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic: an online conference

Tuesday, November 3 - 10:00 to Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 20:00

Online, via Microsoft Teams


The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on all aspects of lives, but nowhere has this been more visible than in the conflation of public and private workspace. As we work from home and attend endless online meetings, our bookshelves are suddenly on public display. This conference will ask speakers to critically examine this particular cultural phenomenon, brought to public attention by the pandemic. This online only conference is organised by the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration based in the Department of English & Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), The Open University and supported by SHARP (The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing), the world’s largest scholarly organisation in this research field.

Registration is now closed as the conference is fully booked. However, if you would like to be waitlisted, please contact Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels (

Full programme 'Bookshelves Conference'

'Buying Books and Selling Ourselves: Print Design as a Digital Mask' - Jennifer Denman

Review of Session 3, panel 2 – Open University/SHARP Conference: ‘Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic’ - Sarah Ryan


Dr Shafquat Towheed (organiser),

Dr Edmund King (co-organiser),

Dr Corinna Norrick-Rühl (co-organiser),

Dr Sally Blackburn-Daniels (facilitator),