ESTS 2005

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Second International Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship

Histories of Editions

Amsterdam, Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of December, 2005

Following the European Science Foundation workshop on ‘Scholarly Editing and Nation Building in Europe’ (December 14th and 15th 2005)

The European Society for Textual Scholarship is an international and interdisciplinary forum for the theory and practice of textual scholarship in Europe. Our aim is to allow dialogue among
scholars from different countries, especially through conferences every two years. After three Colloquia on different subjects (Leicester 2001, The Book in the 21st Century; Antwerp 2002, Reading Notes; Copenhagen 2003, The Book as Artefact). Our first conference was held in Alicante (Spain) in November 2004.

The 2005 ESTS conference will focus on the ways in which specific texts have been edited throughout history. The aim of the conference is to chart tendencies that mark different periods in the history of scholarly editing by examining the evolution of editing older and classic texts such as the Divina Commedia, the Nibelungen sagas, the Canterbury Tales, Esopet, the Bible. Within certain periods, it might be necessary to distinguish different editorial traditions in different parts of Europe. Interested scholars are invited to write an abstract for papers that follow the editorial tradition of a text, either within a specific historical period or leading up to the present day, including new developments in electronic editing.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers can be sent to Herman Brinkman

Deadline: 25 January 2005.

The organizers of this conference are the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS), the Dutch Constantijn Huygens Institute (CHI), the University of Amsterdam, the University of Antwerp, in cooperation with the Huizinga Institute (Research Institute and Graduate School of Cultural History) and the Institute of Culture and History (University of Amsterdam).

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