ESTS 2012

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Editing Fundamentals: Historical and Literary Paradigms in Source Editing

Ninth Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
22-24 November 2012

Keynote speakers:

  • Manfred Thaller (University of Cologne)
  • Godfried Croenen (University of Liverpool)
  • Andrew Jewell (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

A preliminary programme is available here. For further, practical information please visit the conference site of the host organization.

The ninth conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship will be an international academic forum for communication between different approaches to historical and literary source editing. Edited source texts, documents and databases are essential to literary, political, historical scholarship, as well as to social studies, art history, music, philosophy or theology. The conference aims at bringing together academics working in disciplines that have so far worked within independently operating scholarly traditions, promoting innovative, multidisciplinary exchange and dialogue. The conference will examine the transformation of traditional editorial practice into a digital environment and the creation of innovative opportunities like the use of digital tools and media.

Scholars of any discipline related to editing texts and data nowadays have at their disposal almost limitless possibilities to present texts and data to the public. Traditionally reflection and practice show seemingly different approaches to textual scholarship and documentary editing of historical sources. The aim of this conference is to debate these topics and to strive for a common approach towards the challenges of publishing. Key concepts are heuristic, selection, representativeness and presentation to the user.

The conference is organized by the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING), a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences institute.

ESTS conferences are characterized by traditional paper presentations in panel sessions with three speakers each, followed by lively exchange, dialogue and interaction between speakers and audience in many small groups as well as formal plenary sessions. There is also an opportunity for poster presentations of current projects.

Participation and registration:

Participants who contribute to the conference through a paper, a panel or a poster session need to pay the conference fee and be a member in good standing of the European Society for Textual Scholarship for 2012 except for specially invited speakers. Your current membership status is indicated on

Speakers will have an opportunity to publish articles based on their presentation in volume 11 of Variants. The deadline for submission will be 31 January 2013. Note that Variants does not publish “proceedings” from the conference. All submissions, which much be of the highest scholarly standard, will be independently considered and are subject to the normal peer review process.

More information about registration, the conference programme and possibilities of accommodation are available from the conference host’s website.


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