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  • The Society for Textual Scholarship

Founded in 1979, the Society for Textual Scholarship is devoted to providing a forum, in its biennial and area conferences and in its journal Textual Cultures: Texts, Contexts, Interpretation (formerly TEXT), for the discussion of the implications of current research in a variety of contemporary textual disciplines. The Society is also now an Affiliated Member of the Modern Language Association, and hosts a session at the annual conference in December. Please consult the Society's website for announcements and calls for papers. The Society has also recently added a blog on its website and the option of smaller workshops and area conferences to be hosted by various institutes and universities during the years when the biennial conference does not take place. The first area conference will be held 13-15 March 2008, at the Editorial Institute of Boston University.

Call for Papers

Editing Across the Disciplines

The Society for Textual Scholarship will hold a multi-disciplinary conference on the theory and practice of editing at the Editorial Institute, Boston University, from Thursday, 13 March, through Saturday 15 March, 2008. Papers are invited from any academic subject area, though papers in such areas as literature, musicology, classical studies, and book history are particularly encouraged. Papers from graduate students are also welcome. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Abstracts should be sent by email to, or to:

  • Professor Archie Burnett

  • Editorial Institute

  • Boston University

  • Boston, MA 02215

Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2007 [End Page 167]

Topics subsumed under the Society's domain include: the discovery, enumeration, description, bibliographical and codicological analysis, editing, and annotation of texts in disciplines such as literature, history, musicology, biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, library science, lexicography, epigraphy, palaeography, cinema studies, theater, linguistics, as well as textual and literary theory. All of these fields of inquiry have been represented in the Society's conferences, sessions, workshops, and in its journal.

The Society's biennial conferences, held in New York City, encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries. While there are usually period or author-centered sessions, the plenary sessions address a general textual problem with contributions from speakers from various disciplines. Complementing the plenary sessions, STS members may also arrange their own sessions at the conferences (for example, on specific topics or projects or on a theoretical problem). At each conference, the Fredson Bowers Prize is awarded for a distinguished essay in textual scholarship published in the previous two years. Past winners include: James L. West III, Adrian Weisss, Neil Fraistat, Michael O'Gorman, Robert Clare, Marta L. Werner, and Nicholas Frankel. Beginning in 2007, the Society will also present the Finneran Award in recognition of the best edition or book about editorial theory and/or practice published in the English language during the preceding two calendar years.

The editors of Textual Cultures welcome submissions from specialists in diverse fields. All submissions are refereed, being evaluated both by members of the STS Advisory Board and by selected independent scholars. Essays in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish should be submitted to Textual Cultures either: 1) by attachment in Microsoft Word (with plates and tables scanned as separate files to with one hard copy sent concomitantly to:

  • H. Wayne Storey, Editor-in-Chief

  • Textual Cultures

  • 642 Ballantine Hall

  • Department of French and Italian

  • Indiana University

  • Bloomington, IN 47405 USA

or 2) in four copies with accompanying diskette in Microsoft Word to H. Wayne Storey. Essays should generally be formatted according the Chicago Manual of Style, style B (see the website for further details on the style sheet). [End Page 168]

Two copies of books for review from European publishers should be sent to:

  • Alvaro Barbieri

  • Stradella dei Stalli, 4

  • 36100 Vicenza



Two copies of books for review from American and British publishers should be sent to:

  • Daniel O'Sullivan

  • Department of Modern Languages

  • Bondurant Hall C-115

  • The University of Mississippi

  • University MS 38677-1848

  • USA


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