European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS)

Digital Scholarly Editing: Theory, Practice, Methods

• Antwerp, 5-7 October 2016

Call for papers

• Deadline: 20 March 2016

• hosted by the

Centre for Manuscript Genetics at the University of Antwerp

Keynote speakers:

Paul Eggert and Kathryn Sutherland

As digital publications are reaching a stage of maturity and scholarly editors are becoming increasingly aware of the seemingly endless possibilities of hybrid or fully Digital Scholarly Editions, the impact of the digital medium on the field of Textual Criticism has become undeniable. As a result of this ‘digital turn’, textual scholars are now faced with new challenges and opportunities that have called for a re-evaluation of the field’s established theoretical and practical framework. For the thirteenth annual conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS), organized in association with DiXiT (as the third DiXiT convention), we intend to face this new direction in textual scholarship head-on, by focussing on the recent developments in textual scholarship that are instigated by this reassessment of the theories, practices, and methods of scholarly editing in general, and of the Digital Scholarly Edition (DSE) in particular. We therefore invite abstracts for 20-minute presentations that could focus on (but should not be limited to) the following topics:


  • The impact of the digital medium on textual scholarship
  • The importance of the document in scholarly editing
  • Facsimiles versus documents
  • Documents versus texts
  • The task of the editor of a DSE
  • Modelling the DSE


  • Digitization of documents
  • The limits of TEI XML and alternative encoding models
  • Editorial interpretation in text encoding
  • Visualizing the encoded text
  • Corpus analysis
  • New tools for the Scholarly Edition


  • Encoding difficulties
  • Interoperability
  • Usability studies
  • Copyright restrictions and their impact on the DSE
  • Dissemination
  • Standards and evaluation

Abstracts of up to 300 words can be emailed to Dirk Van Hulle ( and Wout Dillen ( before 20 March 2016.

Featured image: Map illustration from Pompa introitvs honori Serenissimi Principis Ferdinandi Avstriaci Hispaniarvm Infantis, Antwerp: 1641, by Jean Gaspard Gevaerts (1593-1666). Typ 630.41.423, Houghton Library, Harvard University