ESTS 2015

Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting

Twelfth Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS)
Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester England
19-21 November 2015.

Call for Papers

Deadline: May 15, 2015 June 30, 2015

The ESTS returns to Leicester where it was founded in 2001 to stage a major collective investigation into the state and future of scholarly editing. Our focus is the needs of users of scholarly editions and proposals for 20 minute papers are invited on topics such as:

  • Are users’ needs changing?
  • How does edition design shape use?
  • Stability in print and digital
  • Where are we in the study of mise en page?
  • Facsimiles and scholarly editions
  • Collaborative and social editing
  • Editorial specialization in the digital age
  • APIs and mashups versus anticipation
  • The logic of annotation
  • Is zero the best price point for editions?
  • Readers versus users
  • Can we assume a general reader?
  • Indexing and annotation versus search
  • Editors, publishers and Open Access
  • Is technology changing editing?
  • Digital editions or digital archives?
  • Are editions ever obsolete?
  • Scholarly editions versus popular editions
  • Any other topic related to the use or users of scholarly editions

Plenary Speaker (subject to confirmation) include:

  • Hans Walter Gabler (Munich University)
  • David Greetham (City University of New York)
  • Tim William Machan (Notre Dame University)
  • Gary Taylor (Florida State University)
  • Elaine Treharne (Stanford University)
  • Andrew Prescott (Glasgow University)

Hands-on workshops will be given on setting movable type, letterpress printing, and getting started with XML.

Proposals for papers (max. 300w) should be emailed to Prof Gabriel Egan ( before May 15, 2015 June, 30, 2015.

The Bibliographical Society has kindly agreed to fund four “Bibliographical Society Studentships” for this conference. 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.

See for information and registration. The Centre for Textual Studies’ official ESTS 2015 CfP flyer can be found here.