ESTS 2017 – CFP

Editorial Degrees of Intervention

Fourteenth annual conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS).

Venue: Alcalá de Henares
Dates: 23-24 November 2017


14th ESTS Conference: “Editorial degrees of intervention”
University of Alcalá, 23rd-24th November 2017

Call Deadline: 30th April, 2017
Acceptance notification: June, 2017
Registration deadline: 31st October, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 14th International Conference for the European
Society for Textual Scholarship will be held in Alcalá de Henares on 23rd-24th November 2017.
The following plenary speakers have already confirmed their participation:

Inés Fernández Ordóñez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
Jeremy Smith (University of Glasgow)

The conference theme is “Editorial degrees of intervention”. Editing a text is a way of
making it our own, of bringing it to our time and our cultural context regardless of the
language and the time of production. This explains why each period needs their own
editions. Probably, editors will not be neutral when facing the texts they are working
Following the tradition of the ESTS, the conference welcomes a wide range of topics.
Papers can be on any language and on any period. Participants are invited to submit
proposals for 20-minute presentations (followed by 10-minute discussion). The
language of the conference is English. A suggested – though not prescriptive – list of
topics includes:

  • Modernisation of texts
  • Editor´s attitude towards the authorial text
  • The notion of “bad” manuscripts
  • Palaeographic editions
  • Critical editions
  • Paratexts and marginalia
  • The author´s voice and the editor´s voice

As well as other more general topics that have always been fostered by the Society:

  • Digital versus printed editions
  • The target audience
  • Selection of texts worth editing
  • Scholarly editions

Proposals of participation, paper title and abstract (250-300 words, excluding
references) should be submitted as an email attachment (preferably .doc or docx)
before 30th April 2017 to the following address:

Details about the payment (100€, which covers conference fee and ESTS membership)
will be provided by the time registration begins.

Organizing Committee:
Isabel de la Cruz Cabanillas
Belén Almeida Cabrejas
Pedro Sánchez Prieto-Borja

Conference email: