ESTS 2014

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Textual Trails: Transmissions of Oral and Written Texts

Eleventh annual ESTS conference
The Finnish Literature Society/Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Helsinki
30 October to 1 November 2014

Texts tend to travel across space and time, carried by sound waves, written on parchments and codices, sealed in envelopes and travel trunks, and streaming as bits in the internet. They pass from mouth to mouth, from singers’ performances to scholars’ notes, from stone engravings to printed books, or from writing desks to digital editions.

Sometimes it is possible to trace the trail of a text or a fragment via several phases of transmission. These trails can be, for instance, a part of the genesis of one writing or an editorial history of one literary work, or they can run through a historical text tradition of scribal texts.

The conference seeks to explore all kinds of textual trails from various angles of scholarly editing and textual scholarship. The present call for papers encourages submissions on related topics, such as:

  • Stemmatology in theory and practice
  • Chains of changes in edition history
  • Textual continuums in genetic editing
  • Digital editing and visualisation of textual trails
  • Metamorphoses of bibliographic codes
  • Evolving ideas and textual growth
  • Variance and invariance in the transmission of oral and written texts
  • Spatio-temporal text mining.

Preliminary conference programme

For details about the conference, including registration and accomodation, please visit the local conference website at the Finnish Literature Society. A draft programme may also be found at this link.

Important information

Contributors and panel moderators must pay the conference fee and must be members in good standing of the European Society for Textual Scholarship for 2014 (except invited speakers). For more information about the ESTS, please visit Your current membership status is indicated at

On behalf of the programme committee:

Sakari Katajamäki, Finnish Literature Society / Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

Teemu Roos, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT