As announced at the Member’s Meeting at ESTS 2016 in Antwerp, the Society’s 14th annual conference will be held in Alcalá de Henares, Spain and take place from 23 to 24 November 2017. This year’s theme will be ‘Editorial Degrees of Intervention’, and its Call for Proposals has just been opened, with the deadline for submissions set on 30 April 2017. For more information on this CFP, please refer to the conference page.

CfP Extended Deadlines (25 Nov): Genesis 2017 & DHN 2017

via Sakari Katajamäki (Genesis) and Annika Rockenberger (DHN)

The deadlines for the Call for Papers for ‘Genesis 2017‘ (Helsinki, 7-9 June 2017) and ‘Digital Humanities in the Nordic countries‘ (DHN; Gothenburg, 14-16 March 2017) – both of which would have officially expired yesterday – was extended until the 25th of November. Be sure to take advantage of these 10 additional days to submit an abstract for either conference!

CfP: GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017: Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities

via Sakari Katajamäki

CFP Deadline: 15 November 2016

GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017: Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities

Dates: 7th – 9th June 2017
Place: Helsinki

The Finnish Literature Society (SKS) and ITEM – Institut des textes & manuscrits modernes will organise an international and interdisciplinary conference GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017: Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities in Helsinki, 7th – 9th June 2017.

Plenary speakers include: Paolo D’Iorio (ITEM, Paris), Irène Fenoglio (ITEM), Daniel Ferrer (ITEM), Claire Doquet (Université Paris 3), Dirk Van Hulle (Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Antwerp), Ineke Huysman (Huygens ING, The Hague and Amsterdam), Wim Van Mierlo (Loughborough University), and Carrie Smith (Cardiff University, Wales).

GENESIS – Helsinki 2017 will be the first broad conference on Genetic Criticism in the Nordic countries. Genetic Criticism (critique génétique) is a discipline that explores writing processes and other creative work. Its central research corpora comprise mainly various archival sources from writer’s notes to drafts, and manuscripts.

Genetic research can reveal, for instance, how a writer has outlined, developed and revised a literary work regarding its structures, topics, themes, symbols and style. Thus, genetic research can enrich interpretations of literature. In addition to writing, genetic critics are interested in other creative processes such as cinema and architecture.

GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017 aims to gather scholars and students from various disciplines interested in creative processes, such as Literary Criticism, Linguistics, Didactics of Writing, Translation Studies, Musicology, and Art History. One goal of the conference, is to acquaint Finnish teachers and pedagogues with means by which the results of genetic research can be applied in school teaching. Participating in the conference or submitting a paper proposal does not require prior knowledge of the theoretical discussions of Genetic Criticism. The working language of the conference will be English.

Paper proposals can focus on a case study or discuss theoretical and methodological issues in genetic scholarship. Submissions may focus (but should not be limited to) the following topics in Arts and Humanities:

  • Where does writers’ creative work begin and how does it proceed?
  • What kind of developments of genre, style, characters or thematics can be studied from drafts and manuscripts?
  • What kind of phases does a compositional process include?
  • How can genetic scholarship be applied in the Didactics of Writing?
  • How do mathematical formulas originate, or how architecture studios design buildings?
  • In which ways do research publications and the reasoning behind them develop through writing?
  • How can historical discourses and counter-discourses be illuminated by studying such features that have been omitted from a published work, but can be found from its preceding drafts and manuscripts?
  • What kind of influences do material matters, such as writing techniques, have on creative work and what kind of traces do they leave in archival sources?
  • What kind of limitations does the incomplete or sporadic nature of archives impose on genetic research?
  • What kind of new possibilities do digital resources create for genetic scholars?

Speakers will have 20 minutes to deliver their paper, leaving room for a 10-minute discussion.

Please submit your proposal by email to the Organising Committee ( Proposals should include 1) the title of the paper, 2) an abstract (500 words maximum), 3) presenter’s name and concise biography, 4) institutional affiliation, and 5) contact information (address, email, telephone).

The deadline for paper proposals is 15th November 2016. You will be notified by the end of January 2017 whether your proposal has been accepted or not.

Further information:

Contacts: Hanna Karhu (University of Helsinki / Finnish Literature Society – SKS),


The conference is organised by the Finnish Literature Society – SKS ( and ITEM ( in cooperation with several institutional partners:

Cardiff University; Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Antwerp; Huygens ING, The Hague and Amsterdam; Jean Sibelius Works, Helsinki; Loughborough University; Université Paris 3; University of Helsinki, and University of Turku.

Organising Committee:

Hanna Karhu (University of Helsinki / Finnish Literature Society – SKS / ITEM), Sakari Katajamäki (Finnish Literature Society – SKS / Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature), Christophe Leblay (University of Turku / ITEM), Veijo Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki), and Sakari Ylivuori (Jean Sibelius Works).


CfP: The Reverse Telescope: Big Data and Distant Reading in the Humanities

via Marina Buzzoni

CFP Deadline: 15 November 2016

The Reverse Telescope: Big Data and Distant Reading in the Humanities

Venue: Sapienza University, Palazzo delle ex Vetrerie Sciarra, via dei Volsci 122, Rome.
Dates: 26-28 January 2017

The Associazione per l’Informatica Umanistica e le Culture Digitali (AIUCD) is pleased to announce the sixth edition of its annual conference and invites all interested scholars to submit a proposal.

The AIUCD 2017 Conference will be held from January 26th to 28th in Rome, Italy, and it is organized by DigiLab (Sapienza University), in collaboration with the DiXiT Marie Curie network (Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training). The DiXiT workshop “The educational and social impact of Digital Scholarly Editions” is planned before the Conference. AIUCD 2017 will also host the third edition of the EADH Day, on January 25th. The AIUCD 2017 Conference will take place at Sapienza University, Palazzo delle ex Vetrerie Sciarra, via dei Volsci 122, Rome.

The main topic of the AIUCD 2017 Conference is the use of big data methods, cultural analytics and distant reading in the Humanities. We would like to explore the methodological and epistemological impact of these methods, their application in the different fields of the Humanities and on various kinds of media and digital resources, their effects on our comprehension of cultural and historical phenomena and, finally, their consequences and repercussions on the social and public perceptions of the Humanities.

We therefore encourage proposals on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Methodological and epistemological aspects of distant reading in the Humanities
  • Distant reading, close reading and scaled reading: relations and interactions between hermeneutical tradition, quantitative analysis and new computational methods
  • Interaction and integration of methods of statistical/quantitative analysis and formal logic methods, semantic web technologies and linked data
  • Quantitative and stylometry analysis, topic modelling and clustering for literary texts, archival documents and cultural objects
  • Authorship attribution and automatic text classification
  • Applications and experimentations of data mining methodologies in historical, artistic and archaeological research
  • Network analysis and sentiment analysis applied to the Humanities
  • Interaction between Natural Language Processing technologies and data mining
  • Computational analysis of multimedia resources: images, audio and video
  • Methods and techniques of visualization and their impact on knowledge transfer in the Humanities
  • Problems and strategies for sustainability of data produced during research activities in terms of persistence, provenance and authenticity
  • Cultural and social impact of humanity research produced with computational methods

The deadline for submitting proposals is November 15th (midnight). Notification of acceptance will be sent by December 15th.

Official languages of the AIUCD 2017 Conference are Italian and English. However, it is possible to present in other languages if you provide English slides or an English handout.

For more information, please visit the Conference website or send an email to

CfP: Digital editions: representation, interoperability, text analysis and infrastructures

via Marina Buzzoni

CfP Deadline: 31 May 2016

Digital editions: representation, interoperability, text analysis and infrastructures

Venue: Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Dates: 7-9 September 2016

The AIUCD 2016 conference is devoted to the representation and study of the text under different points of view (resources, analysis, infrastructures), in order to bring together philologists, historians, digital humanists, computational linguists, logicians, computer scientists and software engineers and discuss about the text.On the one hand, Digital Humanities, in addition to the creation and maintenance of resources (digitization, annotation, etc.), must take into account how they will be used.On the other hand, Computational Linguistics, in addition to the development of computational tools (parsers, named entity recognizers, etc.), must take into account the quality of the resources on which the same tools are applied. These aspects: formal (models), digital (resources), computational (tools), infrastructural (platforms) and social (communities) involve different skills that the conference aims to make interact with each other.

The creation of resources and the development of tools should advance hand in hand, and should be based on solid models that meet the requirements established by the experts of the field. It is necessary that resources and tools be developed in parallel: only if you know how to use the text, what can be extracted from it and how to do it, can you adequately represent it.Now that the major digitization initiatives provide multiple editions of the same works, abundant secondary literature, as well as numerous reference books (dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.), the philologist who works in the digital age should be able to seamlessly switch from handling purely philological phenomena (variant studies) to text analysis performed according to different methods (computational linguistics).

The analysis tools and statistical methods developed to be used on an entire corpus of literary texts or extensive secondary literature collections must be integrated with the tools for comparing textual variants and evaluating possible interpretations. It is time for research infrastructures to be able to guarantee interoperability and integration between the instruments for philological studies and the instruments for the analysis of large textual corpora, breaking down the rigid barriers between digital and computational philology on the one hand, and corpus linguistics on the other hand.

*ONE WEEK* Deadline extension DiXiT/ESTS 2016

via Dirk Van Hulle

Due to popular demand both at and after the DiXiT 2 convention that took place in Cologne last week, we have decided to extend the deadline for our CfP of the third DiXiT convention (which will be organized in conjunction with the European Society for Textual Scholarship) with one week. This way we hope to give everyone a chance to digest what they heard and learnt at DiXiT 2, and process it in their abstracts for DiXiT 3.

The new and final deadline for submitting abstracts for poster or paper presentations for the DiXiT 3 + ESTS 2016 conference is next Friday, the 25th of March 2016. The conference theme is: Digital Scholarly Editing: Theory, Practice Methods, and will focus on the impact of the digital medium on the theory and practice of Textual Criticism and Scholarly Editing.

The conference will take place from Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 October 2016 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where it will be hosted by the Centre for Manuscript Genetics. The conference is organized in conjunction with DiXiT, the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) on Digital Scholarly Editing, and the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS).

Confirmed keynote speakers are Kathryn Sutherland and Paul Eggert; and the conference’s guests of honour are Hans Walter Gabler and Peter Shillingsburg. The day before the conference (on the 4th of October 2016), the host institution will also organize a day of pre-conference workshops on such topics as

– complexities of project logistics;

– assessing digital representations and encodings of a critical apparatus;

– the state of the art of automatic collation tools.

Below you will find more information on how to submit abstracts for the conference, more information on some of our confirmed pre-conference workshops, and contact information.



Abstracts of up to 300 words can be sent to Dirk Van Hulle ( or Wout Dillen (wout.dillen@uantwerpen.beby Sunday 27th or March 2016. Abstracts can either be for 20-minute conference papers, or for poster presentations. Please state clearly in the abstract whether you would like to submit it as a paper, or as a poster



On the 4th of October, the day before the conference takes off, the host institution will also organize a day of pre-conference workshops that includes two so-called ‘DiXiT Add-ons’: a half-day workshop on Complexities of Project Logistics, and a full-day workshop on Digital Scholarly Editions and Textual Criticism, that will include a State of the Art of Automatic Collation Tools




Dirk Van Hulle (

Wout Dillen (

conference website and full CfP:








DiXiT: @DiXiT_eu 

Second CfP: ESTS 2016+DiXiT3

via Dirk Van Hulle

This is just a reminder that the Call for Papers of the conference on ‘Digital Scholarly Editing: Theory, Practice, Methods’ has entered its final two weeks (deadline: 20 March). You can find the full Call for Papers here. You are all cordially invited to submit an abstract. The conference will be held at the University of Antwerp on 5-7 October 2016, and combines the thirteenth annual conference of our European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2016) and the third convention of the Digital Scholarly Editing Initial Training Network (DiXiT 3). The conference will focus on the impact of the digital medium on the field of Textual Criticism and Scholarly Editing.

With kind regards,

Dirk Van Hulle and Wout Dillen

on behalf of the OC

Registration: Medieval and Modern Manuscripts in the Digital Age (MMSDA)

via Elena Pierazzo

Deadline: applications close at 5pm GMT on Monday 22 February 2016 but early registration is strongly recommended.

Medieval and Modern Manuscripts in the Digital Age (MMSDA)

Dates: 2-6 May 2016
Venue: London/Cambridge

We are very pleased to announce the fifth year of this course, now expanded and funded by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), and run by DiXiT in collaboration with the Institute of English Studies (London), King’s College London, the University of Cambridge, and the Warburg Institute. For the first time, the course will run in two parallel strands: one on medieval and the other on modern manuscripts.

The course is an intensive training programme on the analysis, description and editing of manuscripts to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. It stresses the practical application of theoretical principles and gives participants both a solid theoretical foundation and also ‘hands-on’ experience in the cataloguing and editing of original medieval and modern manuscripts in both print and digital formats.

For more information, please visit the official MMSDA website and/or the announcement on the DiXiT blog.

CfP: Digital Scholarly Editions as Interfaces

via Frederike Neuber

CfP Deadline: 17 April 2016

Digital Scholarly Editions as Interfaces

Dates: 23-24 Sept. 2016
Venue: Centre for Information Modelling – Graz University
Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania); Stan Ruecker (IIT, Institute of Design)

Scholarly editions intermediate between the texts and their readers, which does not change with their transfer to digital media. Over the past two decades, research on digital scholarly editions (DSE) was deeply engaged with the impacts of the digital medium on the critical representation of texts and the changing conditions for the editor. However, less research has been done on the roles of the readers, or – as they are called in the digital environment – the users. A critical examination of the topic has already been demanded by Jerome McGann in 2001, it was repeated by Hans Walter Gabler in 2010, and was taken up more recently by Patrick Sahle (2013) and Elena Pierazzo (2015). User studies are rare, and systematic considerations of principles of Human Computer Interaction are still marginal in theory and practice of DSE. In addition, the conceptualization of the DSEs as interfaces between machines could be intensified. However, the discourse on DSEs benefits from considering paradigms of interface design, from reflecting on the cultural and historical context of the visual appearance of scholarly editions and their affordances, as well as from examining the interactions between user and resource.

The symposium will discuss the relationship between digital scholarly editing and interfaces by bringing together experts of DSEs and Interface Design, editors and users of editions, web designers and developers. It will include the discussion of (graphical/user) interfaces of DSEs as much as conceptualizing the digital edition itself as an interface.

For the complete description of the conference and its CFP, please visit the original conference website.

CFP: ESTS 2016

As announced at the Member’s Meeting at ESTS 2015 in Leicester, the Society’s 13th annual conference will be hosted by the Centre for Manuscript Genetics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and will be organized in conjunction with DiXiT, the Marie Curie Initial Training Network for digital scholarly editing.

The conference will take place from 5 to 7 October 2016, and its theme will be “Digital Scholarly Editing: Theory, Practice, Methods”. Confirmed keynote speakers are Kathryn Sutherland and Paul Eggert. In the days leading up to the conference, the CMG will also host two DiXiT workshops on digital scholarly editing.

The CfP is now available from the conference pages, and will remain open until 20 March 2016. Please note that all speakers must be members of the Society in good standing.