The Society for Textual Scholarship and Textual Cultures

The Society for Textual Scholarship is an international organization of scholars working in textual studies, editing and editorial theory, electronic textualities, and issues of textual culture across a wide variety of disciplines. The Society welcomes all those whose work explores the ideological structures and material processes that shape the transmission, reception, production, and interpretation of texts.


Our next conference will be hosted by The New School, New York NY, and will take place June 1-3, 2023.


  • Elizabeth McHenry (New York University) and Kinohi Nishikawa (Princeton University) in conversation about Black readers and writers.
  • Silas Munro (Vermont College of Fine Arts) and Lucille Tenazas (Parsons School of Design), “On the Consideration of a Black Grid.”

The conference program is now posted here.


The new number of the Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Textual Cultures, is now available. This special issue, Provocations Toward Creative-Critical Editing, is guest edited by Christopher Ohge and Mathelinda Nabugodi. 

Textual Cultures, published twice a year, invites essays from scholars around the world in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. All articles will appear also with abstracts in English. The submission process is electronic; for submission instructions, visit the journal’s information page.

The Society for Textual Scholarship is devoted to providing a forum, in its conferences and its journal, for the discussion of the interdisciplinary implications of current textual research. The Society is dedicated to exploring how the various cultures of textual production shape the creation, reception, dissemination, and understanding of texts; how technologies alter and influence the experience of texts; and how changing conceptions of authorship and editorial practice operate in the making of textual meanings. The Society addresses questions–contemporary and historical, theoretical and practical–of how the material and social manifestations of textual cultures inform acts of interpretation.

The Society welcomes scholars from disciplines such as literature (in all languages), history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, library science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, theatre, linguistics, and textual and literary theory.

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Detail of the late thirteenth-century chansonnier of Occitan poetry MS M. 819, c.63r

6 thoughts on “The Society for Textual Scholarship and Textual Cultures

  1. Dear Friends and Members of the Society,

    It is with overwhelming sadness that I announce the passing of David C. Greetham on March 24, 2020. Each and every one of us will remember David for any number of moments shared with him, from our meetings in the early days of the Society for Textual Scholarship, in classrooms at NYU, at dinners in Mexican restaurants and at the famous post-conference parties he threw when we were all much younger. On behalf of the Society and all its members past and present, I offer our most sincere condolences to his son Alex and his family here and abroad.

    David’s profound impact on the field of textual scholarship will be secondary to many of our memories of his extraordinary energy, generosity and championing of younger scholars and ideas that weren’t his own. So many of us were so lucky to have been his friend and to have warmed ourselves in the wonderful light of his gracious devotion to his friends.

    In the days and weeks to come the Society will be discussing ways to honor David’s contributions and memory. No matter how great the honor is that we will pay to him, the personal memories that each of us will recall and share will in many ways be the highest tribute we can offer to our friend David. No words adequately convey how much we will miss him.

    Wayne Storey
    President, Society for Textual Scholarship

  2. Hello! I write to ask if STS posts announcements and/or calls from adjacent professional organizations, and if so, how. The journal Reception (of the Reception Study Society) is beginning a search for a new editor, and we were hoping to reach out to textual scholarship-oriented folks. Thank you.

  3. Dear Yung-Hsing Wu, my apologies for this delayed response! We do not have a regular bulletin, but I’d be happy to send out an announcement regarding your search for an editor of Reception in our “occasional” emails to membership. If you could write up a paragraph or two, and direct me to a website? Thanks, Gabrielle

  4. Hi Gabrielle:

    Thanks for writing back! The website address is : The call is below.

    Reception: Texts. Readers, Audiences, History, the peer-reviewed journal of the Reception Study Society, is inviting applications for one of its two general editor positions. Published annually by Penn State University Press, Reception presents a forum for scholarly and critical research-based articles in audience and reception studies in literary criticism, cultural and media studies, and the history of reading and book history. Our new editor will be expected to work with the journal’s continuing co-editor and its book-review editor to continue to develop Reception’s role as a leader in presenting new research in the various fields of audience study. Editorial responsibilities will include
    1. handling submitted articles and arranging for external peer reviews;
    2. working with authors to address any revisions recommended or required in the review process;
    3. becoming proficient in using the Editorial Manager platform, provided by Penn State Univ,
    Press, for processing submitted articles and communicating with authors;
    4. soliciting promising research through networking at professional conferences and elsewhere;
    5. serving as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee of the Reception Study Society.
    While no previous experience in journal editing is required, such work would be welcomed.
    Interested individuals should send a brief letter describing their personal scholarly trajectory and editorial goals, as well as a brief vita (no more than 4 pages) by February 15, 2023, to the President of the Reception Study Society, Dr. Kelsey Squire, Associate Professor of English at Ohio Dominican University, via email:

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