ESTS 2013

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Variance in textual scholarship and genetic criticism / La variance en philologie et dans la critique génétique

The 10th Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2013) will be held at the École Normale supérieure, Paris on 22-24 November 2013.

The 10th conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship will be organised at the École normale supérieure in Paris by the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM, UMR 8132) and the research team “Textes, histoire et monuments, de l’Antiquité au Moyen Âge” (THEMAM, UMR 7041 ARSCAN).

Treated either as a deviation to be eliminated or as a creative transformation, variation is central to every form of textual scholarship. It is high time to confront the various conceptions of what constitutes a variation, to see what they have in common and what irreconcilable differences remain – though it would be paradoxical for a conference devoted to variance to aim at absolute uniformity.

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

A draft programme can be viewed here. The abstracts of all the papers are available here.

Venue and Accommodation

The conference venue is the École normale supérieure, which is located in the 5th district (ENS, 45 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris).


All participants must take care of their own accomodation. The following sites are useful resources: ( and ( The local organisers recommend the following hotels in the neighbourhood of the ENS/Boulevard St Michel: Hôtel de Brésil (rue le Goff), Hôtel Panthéon Cujas (rue de Cujas), Hôtel Saint-Germain Moderne (rue des Écoles).

Conference Registration

The conference fee is 50 € for full delegates and 10 € for students. To register for the conference, please complete the registration form. Please note that no payment will processed with the form; all fees must be paid cash on site during registration at the conference venue in Paris.

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place on Saturday evening, 23 November. If you want to attend the dinner, please also indicate this also on the booking form. The cost is 40 € per person, which is also payable in cash on arrival in Paris.

Participation and membership

Participants who contribute to the conference through a paper, a panel or a poster session need to pay the conference registration fee as well as be a member in good standing of the European Society for Textual Scholarship for 2013. Your current membership status is indicated at The membership fee is 50 € (or 55 € for non-EU members) for one year. Membership includes the volume of  Variants: The Journal of the European Society for the year in which you join. Please visit the membership pages for information on how to join the Society.