The European Society for Textual Scholarship

Textual Scholarship and the Material Book: Comparative Approaches

Hosted by the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies (Institute of English Studies, University of London). The third International Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship
London, Thursday 23rd to Friday 25th of November 2006

The deadline for the conference has passed. You can read the call for papers here.

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Keynote speakers: Almuth Grésillon, Nigel Wilson and John Gouws. Speakers include: Barbara Bordalejo, Sukanta Chaudhri, João Dionísio, Hans Walter Gabler, John Hinks, Rudiger Nutt-Kofoth, Geert Lernout, Peter Robinson, Peter Shillingsburg, Dirk Van Hulle, and others.

Are philological approaches defunct? Why does intentionality (still) count? Is textual scholarship stuck in a humanist tradition? How has the responsibility of the editor changed towards the text s/he is editing, towards the author, and towards the audiences? How do textual scholars recover the past? How can we most effectively collect/disseminate textual knowledge? How can we engage readers/students/critics in textual scholarship? What new resources are needed? What role do institutions play in textual scholarship? How do new developments in bibliography and the history of reading contribute to textual scholarship? What, if any, continuity exists in the methodological, conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline?

To address these questions, and to look for common ground from which to continue the debate about textual scholarship in the widest sense, a comparative approach to the study of texts and books is necessary. The purpose of this conference, therefore, is twofold: (1) to consider the trends and developments in textual scholarship across the various national regions and historical periods (from the classics to the twenty-first century) in order to investigate the circumstances and conditions that continue to bring change; (2) to investigate what cross-currents have developed between the various sub-disciplines dealing with the study of texts and books in their material form (with special attention to the relation between textual scholarship and the history of the book).

Dr Wim Van Mierlo
Institute of English Studies School of Advanced Study
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

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