CFP: Society for Textual Scholarship (Chicago)

STS conferences are terrific.  They bring together people interested in bibliography and textual scholarship, lit crit, and digital humanities.  IN other words, they’re perfect for people interested in periodicals. Here’s the CFP:

The Society for Textual Scholarship
Seventeenth Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference
March 6-8, 2013
Loyola University Chicago
“The Objects of Textual Scholarship”


DiIRK VAN HULLE, University of Antwerp
PAULIUS  SUBACIUS, Vilnius University
PAUL GEHL, The Newberry Library, Chicago
ISAAC GERWITZ, The Berg Collection, New York Public Library


Program Chairs: Steven Jones, Peter Shillingsburg, Loyola University Chicago
Deadline for Proposals: November 1, 2012

The conference will be held at Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus, just north of the Loop, off the Magnificent Mile and near the Newberry Library, Museum of Contemporary Art, etc.

This year’s topic is “The Objects of Textual Scholarship,” and the program chairs invite submissions on any aspect of interdisciplinary textual scholarship, but with a possible focus on the role of primary objects, artifacts. and archival materials as the basis of and challenge to textual scholarship in all its forms, including the digital representation by textual criticism of primary materials and physical artifacts.

Submissions may focus on any aspect of textual scholarship across the disciplines, including the discovery, enumeration, description, bibliographical analysis, editing, annotation, and mark-up of texts in disciplines such as literature, history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, library and information science, archives, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, new media studies, game studies, theater, performance studies, linguistics, 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 skillset 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 four formats should include a title, abstract (one to two pages) of the proposed paper, panel, seminar, or workshop, as well as the name, e-mail 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–as plain text–to:
Professor Steven Jones:   s3jones1-at- gmail -dot- com
See for further contact information.

A small number of stipends will be available to offset the travel costs for graduate students traveling to Chicago from outside North America. Please note your interest in being considered for this award as part of your application.

All participants in the STS 2013 conference must be members of STS. For information about membership, please visit the society for Textual Scholarship website For conference updates and information, see the STS website at


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