Editing Modernist Letters Workshop

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Editing Modernist Letters Workshop

Thursday 2nd November 2017

University of Reading, Special Collections

From the recently completed Letters of Samuel Beckett to forthcoming editions of Dorothy Richardson’s correspondence, the publication of letters continues to bring new insight into the relationships, creative networks and compositional practices of literary modernists. This one day workshop brings together students and scholars interested in literary modernism, archival research and textual editing. It focuses on editing modernist letters, exploring the practical and interpretative task of editing letters for publication in both print and digital form.

For more information and details of registration please see https://barpgroup.wordpress.com/ or send an email to barp.letters@gmail.com

ESTS 2017 – Registration open!

Registration for the 14th annual conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship is now open! The conference theme is Editorial Degrees of Intervention, and it will take place in Alcalá de Henares, Spain from 23 to 24 November 2017. The conference’s programme is available on the Society’s website, but you can also download the programme and registration form in PDF.

As explained in our previous message, the conference will include the official re-launch of the Society’s journal Variants, now available in Open Access published by revues.org.

We hope to see you there!


Genesis – Helsinki 2017: Registration now Open

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

Helsinki, 7th – 9th of June 2017


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.

Keynote speakers and plenary panelists include:

  • Paolo D’Iorio (ITEM, Paris): What is a (Digital) Genetic Edition?
  • Claire Doquet (Université Paris 3): Textual Genetics at School: Reading Pupils’ Writings
  • Irène Fenoglio (ITEM): Text Genesis and the Processes of Conceptualisation: The Gesture of a Linguist Writer as an Epistemological Tool (Genèse du texte et processus de conceptualisation: Le geste du scripteur linguiste comme outil épistémologique)
  • Daniel Ferrer (ITEM): New Perspectives for Genetic Criticism
  • Hans Walter Gabler (London University): On Interdependencies between Genetic Criticism and Genetic Editing
  • Dirk Van Hulle (Centre for Manuscript Genetics, Antwerp): Cognition Enactment: Genetic Criticism and the Pentimenti Model
  • Ineke Huysman (Huygens ING, Amsterdam): Early Modern Epistolary Culture: Socio-Historical Aspects, Materiality, Production and Reception
  • Wim Van Mierlo (Loughborough University): Where Is the Archive in Genetic Criticism?
  • Carrie Smith (Cardiff University): Ted Hughes’s Birthday Letters: An Archive of Writing
  • Juha-Heikki Tihinen (Pro Artibus Foundation): How to Speak about Non-Existent Works?
  • Sakari Ylivuori (Jean Sibelius Works): Avant-Texte without the Text – Reading Sketched Emendations in Unpublished Autographs.

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 various archival sources from writer’s notes to drafts, and other types of 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 have been interested in other creative processes such as cinema and architecture.

GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017 will provide an international and interdisciplinary forum for the theory and practice of Genetic Criticism from various angles.

For more information on the event’s venue, accommodation, and registration procedures, please visit the Genesis – Helsinki 2017 conference website.

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

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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.