Variance in textual scholarship and genetic criticism/La variance en philologie et dans la critique génétique


“Variance in textual scholarship and genetic criticism/La variance en philologie et dans la critique génétique”

The 10th Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2013) will be held at the École Normale supérieure, Paris on 20-22 November 2013.

The 10th conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship will be organised at the École normale supérieure in Paris by the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM, UMR 8132) and the research team “Textes, histoire et monuments, de l’Antiquité au Moyen Âge” (THEMAM, UMR 7041 ARSCAN).

Treated either as a deviation to be eliminated or as a creative transformation, variation is central to every form of textual scholarship. It is high time to confront the various conceptions of what constitutes a variation, to see what they have in common and what irreconcilable differences remain – though it would be paradoxical for a conference devoted to variance to aim at absolute uniformity.

ESTS conferences are characterised by a combination of formal plenary sessions and traditional paper presentations in panel sessions with three speakers, followed by lively exchange, dialogue and interaction between speakers and audience in many small groups. There will also be an opportunity for poster presentations of current projects.

We encourage submissions related to any of the following topics:

  • Confronting methods: the use of “stages of revision” (“états de rédaction”) in critique génétique and textual criticism; the questioning of the notion of “variant” by the genetic approach to modern and contemporary working manuscripts
  • Combining methods: using critique génétique in dealing with ancient and medieval texts; using philological methods in the genetic study of printed editions?
  • Editing variation: scholarly editions in critique génétique and textual criticism
  • Concepts and cases: how to edit avant-textes and texts as processes?
  • Exploring limits: extreme methodologies for extreme variations
  • Digital approaches to the printed text and its manuscripts: rethinking, representing and interpreting variation

The conference is organised according to a number of thematic sessions. Submissions in English or French are welcome on all topics related to the theme of the conference, regardless of linguistic context, time period and geographic area or type of document and text. This includes interdisciplinary perspectives from all branches of scholarly editing, as long as the focus of the proposals is on the guiding principles and practices of editorial scholarship. Graduate students are encouraged to participate.

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