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.

DiXiT Convention: Technology, Software, Standards for the Digital Scholarly Edition

via Elena Spadini

Dear all,

The registration for the DiXiT Convention Technology, Software, Standards for the Digital Scholarly Edition (The Hague, 16 – 18 September) will close on the 1st of September.

The exciting schedule is available on the website <>, among other useful information.

Two workshops will take place on the 15th of September (free of charge). There are a few places left for each of them. If you want to participate, hurry up!

The registration for the workshops will close tomorrow, the 25th of August.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in The Hague.

Lecture: British Ingenuity from German Invention

via Katherine D. Harris

Dr. Ralph Poole is graciously hosting a meeting on Sept 1 at 11am at the University of Salzburg where Katherine D. Harris will discuss her work in 19th-century literature and literary annuals. 

Title: British Ingenuity from German Invention: The Legacy of Rudolph Ackermann and Nineteenth-Century Literary Annuals

Brief description:

The overwhelming evidence of Rudolph Ackermann’s ingenuity as a publisher in early nineteenth-century London culminates in the development and execution of the first literary annual, The Forget Me Not, which was published by Ackermann 1823-1847. His efforts caused an explosion of British literary annuals that encouraged the production of portable thematic artwork, the gothic short story, poetry by women authors, ekphrastic writing, travel narratives, political and comic writings, among other literary and visual culture. By engaging with the literary annual as a material representation of British Romanticism, I propose to take the audience through an exploration of the development of British nationalism, alternative forms of femininity, and literary taste — all the while based on “borrowing” literary and print culture from Germany, France, and Spain.

The talk is based on Dr. Harris’ recently published literary history, Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual 1823-1835 (Ohio UP 2015).

For more information, please read the announcement on Dr. Harris’ blog.


The organizing committee of the ESTS 2015 conference are happy to inform you that the deadline for their Call for Papers has been extended to June 30, 2015. Proposals for papers should be emailed to Prof Gabriel Egan. More information on the conference and its theme can be found on our conference page. Please note that the Bibliographical Society has kindly offered four 60GBP bursaries for papers by post-graduate applicants, and that the conference will also offer two hands-on workshops: one on setting movable type and letterpress printing, and another offering an introduction to XML.

The Society’s 12th annual conference will be held at the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester England, and will take place from 19 to 21 November 2015. The theme is “Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”. The Centre for Textual Studies also made a CfP Flyer. Please note that all speakers must be members of the Society in good standing.

ESTS 2015 Bursaries

via Gabriel Egan

The Bibliographical Society has kindly agreed to fund four “Bibliographical Society Studentships” for the conference “Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”, the 12th annual meeting of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS), to be held in Leicester, England, on 19-21 November 2015 (read the full CfP here). The best four proposals for papers by post-graduate applicants will each receive a 60 GBP bursary to defray their costs in attending the conference to give their papers. To become eligible to receive this bursary, applicants should mention in their proposals (to be submitted to Prof Gabriel Egan) that they are post-graduate students.