ESTS 2018: Conference Website

The 15th annual conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship that will take place from 15 to 17 November in Prague now has an official website! Please check out for more information on the conference, and keeping up to date with the programme etc.

We hope to see you in Prague!


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The Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and the Institut des Textes & Manuscrits Modernes (ITEM) in Paris are pleased to invite you to participate in the international conference.

GENESIS  –  CRACOW 2019   

Genetic Criticism: from Theory to Practice
12 – 14 June 2019

Location: Jagiellonian University, Cracow (Poland)
Language: English

Call for papers
Deadline: 1 January 2019
Acceptance notification: February 2019
Registration deadline: 15 May 2019

GENESIS – CRACOW 2019 will be the second edition of a new series of conferences on genetic criticism, understood as the study of the creative process. The first edition, held on 7-9 June 2017 in Helsinki (Finland), was organized by the Finnish Literature Society and Institut des Textes & Manuscrits Modernes in Paris. The participants included scholars from Finland, France, Austria, Belgium, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, Wales and Canada.

The Cracow conference, like the Helsinki event, welcomes researchers interested in literature, theatre, music, painting and other fields of human activity in which the creative process is of central importance. Consequently, not only the outcome, but the process itself will be the focus of the conference.

The binary subtitle of the event  “From Theory to Practice” emphasizes the dual profile of the conference, which is meant to serve as a forum for discussion on both theoretical and practical aspects of genetic criticism. We welcome papers presenting broad theoretical perspectives and offering case studies of various texts and phenomena across time and space.

For more information, please visit the conference website.


As announced at the Member’s Meeting at ESTS 2017 in Alcalá, the Society’s 15th annual conference will be held in Prague, Czech Republic and take place from 15 to 17 November 2018. This year’s theme will be ‘Author as Editor and Editor as Author’, and its Call for Proposals has just been opened, with the deadline for submissions set on 30 April 2018. For more information on this CFP, please refer to the conference page.

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 or send an email to

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

We hope to see you there!


Variants 12/13 is out!

ESTS is happy to announce that the new issue of Variants, the annual, peer-reviewed journal of The European Society for Textual Scholarship, is out now!

Variants 12/13 is the first issue in the series that is published in Open Access via the platform at Individuals and institutions can subscribe to the journal by taking out membership in the Society which entitles them to a printed copy of the journal and immediate online access to the newest volume. A one-year moratorium applies to volumes in Open Access, that has been waived for the current issue because the move to our new Open Access publisher has considerably delayed the issue’s publication.

The official re-launch of Variants will take place in Alcalá de Henares, at the 2017 edition of our annual conference (23-24 November 2017). 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.


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.