ESTS 2019

Textual Scholarship in the 21st Century

Sixteenth Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2019)

Venue: University of Málaga

Dates: 28th-29th November 2019

Conference Website and Programme:

Call for Papers

Deadline: 21 June 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 30 September 2019

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The Organising Committee and the European Society for Textual Scholarship cordially invite members of the Society and other scholars interested in the field to participate in the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2019), which will be held at the University of Málaga (Spain) on November 28th-29th, 2019.

The conference will assess, to a certain extent, the ideal of edition in the twenty-first century with the following conference theme: “Textual Scholarship in the 21st Century”. From textual criticism, where attention is paid to reconstructed versions of texts, to more recent philological theory, with a focus on individual textual witnesses, the field has travelled a long path of both theoretical and practical approaches to editing. The advent of new technologies has undoubtedly contributed to new attitudes and methods in the field. However, there is still a long way to go and many questions remain open to debate in textual scholarship:

  • In which direction is textual scholarship moving?
  • What are the specific challenges, but also opportunities, that lie before textual scholars?
  • What is the scholarly, intellectual and cultural role of textual editing and how can we realize that role?
  • What kind of new tools, methods, audiences are available to textual scholars?

A suggested, albeit not prescriptive, list of themes for conference presentations includes:

  • Textual scholarship across the centuries
  • Do new technologies change our editorial principles?
  • Textual scholarship: methods and tools
  • Textual scholarship in the digital humanities
  • New models of editing
  • Editing context

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

  • Selection of texts worth editing
  • The target audience
  • Scholarly editions: use and users

The following plenary speakers have already confirmed their participation:

  • Isabel de la Cruz Cabanillas (University of Alcalá, Spain)
  • Jukka Tyrkkö (Linnaeus University, Sweden and University of Turku, Finland)

Scholars interested in offering 20-minute papers (followed by a 10-minute discussion) must send a title and abstract (250-300 words, excluding references) in electronic format (preferably Microsoft Word) before June 21st, 2019 to the following address: Proposals for three-paper sessions should include a title, a chair and an introduction for the session (ca. 100 words), along with titles and abstracts for each paper. Abstracts should include the name of the author(s), affiliation, as well as telephone number, email address and needed technical support. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by June 2019.

Conference fees include registration, conference pack, coffee breaks and ESTS membership:


Registration Early bird

(until September 30th)

Late bird

(from October 1st)

Regular (with paper) 120 EUR 140 EUR
Students (with paper) 80 EUR 100 EUR
Attendants (without paper) 40 EUR 60 EUR

Organising Committee:

  • Laura Esteban-Segura (Chair)
  • Javier Calle-Martín (Treasurer)
  • David Moreno (Secretary)


Conference email: