Call for Papers ‘Editing Fundamentals: Historical and Literary Paradigms in Source Editing’

The 9th Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship 2012

Editing Fundamentals: Historical and Literary Paradigms in Source Editing

Amsterdam, November 22-24, 2012

The 9th conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship will be an international academic forum for communication between different approaches to historical and literary source editing. Edited source texts, documents and databases are essential to literary, political, historical scholarship, as well as to social studies, art history, music, philosophy or theology. The conference aims at bringing together academics working in disciplines that have so far worked within independently operating scholarly traditions, promoting innovative, multidisciplinary exchange and dialogue. The conference will examine the transformation of traditional editorial practice into a digital environment and the creation of innovative opportunities like the use of digital tools and media.

Scholars of any discipline related to editing texts and data nowadays have at their disposal almost limitless possibilities to present texts and data to the public. Traditionally reflection and practice show seemingly different approaches to textual scholarship and documentary editing of historical sources. The aim of this conference is to debate these topics and to strive for a common approach towards the challenges of publishing. Key concepts are heuristic, selection, representativeness and presentation to the user.

The conference is organized by the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) and the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING), a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences institute.

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

We encourage submissions related to any of the following topics

  • Handling vast documentary entities Lees verder ▼

  • Bridging the gap: common grounds for editors of documentary, historical and literary sources Lees verder ▼
  • Fundamentals of source rendition Lees verder ▼
  • Biography and editing Lees verder ▼
  • Cross over editions: cultural dimensions and scholarly disciplines (editing from more than one perspective) Lees verder ▼

The conference is organized into a number of thematic sessions. Apart from the themes mentioned above there will be room for other topics provided they apply to the main conference theme.

Paper, panel session and poster presentation proposals

Submissions are welcomed on virtually all related topics and themes, independently of time period and space. This includes interdisciplinary perspectives from all branches of scholarly editing regardless of the language of the source texts involved, as long as a main focus is on reflection on guiding principles and practices of editorial policy. Graduate students are encouraged to participate.

Please submit your proposal before May 1, 2012, by e-mail to You will be notified by June 1, 2012 whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected.

Proposals for papers
Abstracts in English of 500 words max. are to be submitted along with the presenter’s name, a short biography, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation to the organizing committee.
Final papers should be of 20 minutes duration, leaving room for a 10 minute discussion.

Proposals for panel sessions
Typically, a panel of academic papers should include 3 (maximum 4) speakers and 1 moderator (session chair). Each session will last for 1.5 hours allowing for 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposers should submit:

(1) Session title and a session intro (ca 100 words)
(2) Paper titles
(3) Abstracts for each paper (500 words max.)
(4) Short biography for each participant and the panel chair (ca 100 words)
(5) Institutional affiliation and address for each participant
(6) Audio-visual and other technical requirements

Proposals for poster presentations
A poster presentation will be displayed in the poster gallery at the congress. A poster presentation should be a visual representation and/or a demo of the material you are reviewing. Its aims are to present information and initiate informal discussion amongst delegates.
Poster size should not exceed 80 cm x 120 cm. A photograph of yourself together with a mobile phone number will allow people to contact you while you are at the congress.
Please provide a one-page submission with an overview of the poster and your contact details.

Participation and registration

Participants who contribute to the conference through a paper, a panel or a poster session need to pay the conference fee and be a member in good standing of the European Society for Textual Scholarship for 2012 except for specially invited speakers. For information about the ESTS see Your current membership status is indicated on

More information about registration and possibilities of accommodation will be published soon on a conference website.