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General Announcements

Greetham Prize

Founder of the first iteration of the Society’s journal, Text, David C. Greetham was for decades the heart of the Society’s intellectual pulse and fervor. His collaboration over the years with W. Speed Hill, Peter Shillingsburg, and Edward Burns was the cornerstone upon which the Society for Textual Scholarship grew and prospered. And his ardent participation in and support for the Society’s conferences over more than four decades was as heartfelt as it was exemplary. In honor of David’s energetic and loving advocacy for the Society, its journals, conferences and the numerous friends and colleagues he made throughout his years of textual studies, the Society is happy to name the Textual Cultures Essay Award for our dear friend David Greetham.

Announcing the new Digital Projects’ Review section

Textual Cultures editors are glad to announce a new section of the journal, starting from issue 13.3 (Fall 2020):

Under the direction of Isabella Magni, the journal will soon open a new section specifically devoted to the review of digital projects across the wide range of disciplines—codicology, material philology, literature, art history, musicology, cultural studies, etc.—represented in the journal. Reviews of digital projects will consider the project’s content, scholarly goals and objectives, importance and impact in the field, use of standardized technologies (coding/encoding languages, digital tools, platforms etc.), design and interface, usability (including intended audience, user experience etc.), and overall documentation.

Here you can find the guidelines for reviews. The first reviews will appear in the fall 2020 issue.

If you want to propose a project to review, write to Textual Cultures Digital Editor:

Call for Papers: The Society for Textual Scholarship – International Interdisciplinary Conference

March 20-22, 2019
The New School and New York University, New York City“Ephemerality: The Precarious and the Preserved”Program Committee: Ronald Broude (The Broude Trust), Stephane Browner (The New School), Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University), Andy Reynolds (West Texas A&M University), John Young (Marshall University)Deadline for Proposals: January 2, 2019

The Society for Textual Scholarship conference returns to New York City for the first time since 2009, co-hosted by The New School and New York University. The conference will feature two full days of concurrent panels, roundtables, workshops, and seminars. Our theme speaks to the fragility of physical archives and the contingent nature of their digital forms, as well as the broader need to preserve humanistic knowledge in an increasingly precarious world.Possible topics include:

  • Inter-media definitions of ephemera
  • Editing as cultural heritage preservation
  • Fragments of/in/in relation to a work
  • Archives and extinction, e.g., languages, cultures, flora, fauna
  • Remedial projects re: marginalized or missing history, e.g., race, gender, sexuality, disability
  • Editions of broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, sheet music, and other printed ephemera
  • Editorial, publication, and preservation challenges of electronic literature and social media
  • The curation and preservation of fake news
  • Editorial authority in extremist political environments
  • Knowledge preservation and climate change
  • Comparing methodologies and philosophies of scholarly editing with those of art, historic building and garden/landscape conservation
  • The production, distribution, and preservation of African American print culture
  • Editorial and social histories of migrant and diasporic texts
  • Editorial and archival intersections of embodiment and textuality
  • The ephemerality of performance (and means of transcending it)

In addition to proposals related to the conference theme, STS invites proposals on any aspect of textual scholarship from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including literature, history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, theology, philosophy, art history, legal history, the history of science and technology, computer science, library and information science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, new media studies, game studies, theater and performance studies, linguistics, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnicity studies, indigenous studies, and textual and literary theory.

Submissions may take the following forms:

  1. Papers. Papers (or papers with slideshow presentations) should be no more than 20 minutes in length, making a significant original contribution to scholarship. Papers that are primarily reports or demonstrations of tools or projects are discouraged.
  2. Panels. Panels may consist of either three associated papers or four to six roundtable speakers. Roundtables should address topics of broad interest and scope, with the goal of fostering lively debate with audience participation.
  3. Seminars. Seminars should propose a specific topic, issue, or text for intensive collective exploration. Accepted seminar proposals will be announced on the conference Web site ( at least two months prior to the conference and attendees will then be required to enroll themselves with the posted seminar leader(s). The seminar leader(s) will circulate readings and other preparatory materials in advance of the conference. No papers shall be read at the seminar session. Instead participants will engage with the circulated material in a discussion under the guidance of the seminar leader(s). All who enroll are expected to contribute to creating a mutually enriching experience.
  4. Workshops. Workshops should propose a specific problem, tool, or skill set for which the workshop leader will provide expert guidance and instruction. Examples might be an introduction to forensic computing or paleography. Workshop proposals that are accepted will be announced on the conference Web site and attendees will be required to enroll with the workshop leader(s).

Proposals for all formats should include a title; abstract (250 words max.) of the proposed paper, panel, seminar, or workshop; and name, email address, and institutional affiliation for all participants. Format should be clearly indicated. Seminar and workshop proposals in particular should take care to articulate the imagined audience and any expectations of prior knowledge or preparation.

***All abstracts should indicate what if any technological support will be required.*** Inquiries and proposals should be submitted electronically to, while more information can be found here.

All participants in the STS 2019 conference must be members of STS. For information about membership, and for further conference updates and information, please visit the society for Textual Scholarship website.


Edizioni e testi “born digital”: problemi di metodo e prospettive di lavoro

«The first missing aspect is that, up to now, almost without exception, no scholarly electronic edition has presented material which could not have been presented in book form, nor indeed presented this material in a manner significantly different from that which could have been managed in print». (P. ROBINSON, Where We Are with Electronic Scholarly Editions, and Where We  Want to Be).

Ancora una dozzina di anni fa, un pioniere delle digital humanities come Peter Robinson poteva sostenere che la maggioranza delle edizioni scientifiche digitali non esprimevano contenuti né soluzioni metodologiche sostanzialmente diversi dai loro equivalenti cartacei. Grazie al continuo progresso delle tecniche di codifica dei testi e della progettazione web, tuttavia, le frontiere attuali delle digital scholarly editions portano gli studiosi a elaborare soluzioni editoriali sempre più svincolate dai parametri e criteri della tradizionale edizione critica, tanto nella costituzione del testo quanto nella rappresentazione delle varianti e dei materiali di partenza. Questo colloquio intende mettere a confronto alcuni dei principali esperti di filologia digitale (in vari campi della medievistica: letteratura mediolatina, romanza, germanica e italiana) per delineare le principali caratteristiche dell’edizione progettata e sviluppata su piattaforme digitali e le relative implicazioni di metodo, mettendole a confronto con i problemi posti dalla letteratura born digital e dalla conservazione dei relativi supporti.

Just over ten years ago, Peter Robinson – a true pioneer of digital humanities – pointed out that the majority of digital scholarly editions did not feature contents or methodological solutions that could not be expressed by traditional critical editions on paper. The rapid development of innovative solutions in markup languages and web design, however, has led digital scholarly editions to work more and more independently from the categories and criteria of their paper counterparts, in the establishment of text and in the storage and display of variants and documents. Inviting some of the most prominent expert in digital scholarly editions of various fields of Medieval studies (Mid-Latin, Romance, Germanic and Italian), this colloquium aims to outline the main methodological solutions shared by recent editions developed and based entirely on the web, with related philological and conservation issues posed by more recent “born digital” literature.

Calls for Work (Essays & Reviews)

27 August 2018

 The editors of Textual Cultures seek reviewers for the following works; reviews will be published in 12.2 (fall 2019):

Timothy Billings, ed. Cathay: A Critical Edition. Fordham University Press, 2018.

Gaël Saint-Cricq, Eglal Doss-Quinby and Samuel N. Rosenberg, eds. Motets from the Chansonnier de Noailles. A-R Editions, 2017.

Nicholas Frankel, ed. The Annotated Prison Writings of Oscar Wilde. Harvard University Press, 2018.

Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, eds. Debates in the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [A second volume will soon be out; reviewers would ideally take on both volumes.]

Please contact the Book Review editor, Logan Esdale (, if you are interested in reviewing one of these works.


1 June 2018

Dear Fellow Textuists,

I hope this message finds you well and settling into the summer.

As we move ahead with our plans for the first and second issues of the new series of Textual Cultures (12.1, 12.2), we are seeking reviewers for the following works:

Daniel Balderston, How Borges Wrote (University of Virginia Press, May 2018)

George Bornstein, ed. The Wild Swans at Coole [Facsimile edition] (Scribner, 2017).

Edward Burns, ed., Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner, vols 1 & 2. (Counterpoint Press, Oct. 2018) [Given the publication date, a review of this work will likely be reserved for Textual Cultures 12.2.]

Amy E. Earhart, Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies (University of Michigan Press, 2015)

Markus Friedrich, The Birth of the Archive: A History of Knowledge (trans. John Noel Dillon) (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

Jerome McGann, ed. Blake; or, The Huts of America: A Corrected Edition (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Steven E. Jones, Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards. (Routledge, 2016).

If you are interested in reviewing one of these works—or another work you believe is of interest to the readers of this journal—please send a brief note of interest and a c.v. to me as soon as possible @ or

We welcome reviews in two formats: Essay Reviews (1750-2000 words); Short Reviews (750-1250 words). Please be sure to specify the review format you plan to follow.

As always, we’re keen to draw new scholars into the journal’s pages; so please feel free to write me with any questions about the journal you may have.

Thank you so much.


Marta Werner