2022 STS Conference CFP


Cultural Mappings

Loyola University Chicago, May 26-28

Call for papers

“The world comes bedecked in places… It is a place-world to begin with.”

—Edward Casey 

The 2022 STS conference—the first in-person conference since 2019—will take place May 26-28, 2022 at Loyola University Chicago, with the conference theme “Cultural Mappings.” Following, and we hope furthering, the work of “reckonings” begun in the 2021 meeting — the critical analysis of the past, reflection on the present, and speculation about the future of textual scholarship as we transit through a period of multi-dimensional, global upheaval — we seek to explore the multivalent ways mapping as a mode of inquiry and a methodological tool in the field of textual scholarship makes visible the meanings of cultural heritage and contributes to our affective experience of emplacement. The work of cultural mapping is capacious and allied with deep mapping, community mapping, ecological mapping, counter-mapping, qualitative GIS, and emotional mapping. What does it mean to dwell? How are texts and other works also cartographs that give us access to the sedimented strata of our experiences in a lifeworld flourishing with multiple voices, present contingencies, contested pasts, and imagined futures?  

Featured sessions will include plenaries on the Mapping of Texts, Spaces, and Pilgrimage Sites and Remapping Cultural Land- and Text-scapes with Digital Humanities, e.g., computational and data-driven methods, platform studies, open access, open source software, tools, etc.  

  • The opening plenary sessions gathers papers considering the remapping of sacred spaces (Dr. Laura Carnevale, University of Bari), sacred traditions (Dr. Fabio Caruso, University of Bari), sacred images (Dr. Edmondo Lupieri, Loyola University Chicago), and sacred time (Dr. Josefrayn Sánchez-Perry, Loyola University Chicago).
  • The inaugural Greetham Lecture and second plenary session will explore Remapping Indigeneity: Considerations attending the redescription of cultural artifacts and identities; presenters will include Dr. Rose Miron (D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Newberry Library), Dr. Blaire Topash-Caldwell (University of Massachusetts Boston), Dr. Margaret Noodin (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Dr. Kelly Wisecup (Northwestern University).
  • Dr. Steven E. Jones, DeBartolo Chair in Liberal Arts and Professor of Digital Humanities, Department of English, University of South Florida, will deliver a plenary talk mapping Roberto Busa, S.J.’s thinking about the emergence of humanities computing.

 Possible lines of inquiry include:

  • Textual scholarship and mapping sacred spaces
  • Textual scholarship and mapping sanctuary
  • Textual scholarship and the mapping and remapping of sacred texts
  • Textual scholarship and mapping (forgotten) archives 
  • Textual scholarship and mapping communities
  • Textual scholarship and mapping hybridity
  • Textual scholarship and mapping Indigenous space
  • Textual scholarship and mapping migrations
  • Textual scholarship and mapping diasporas
  • Textual scholarship and contact zones
  • Textual scholarship and ghost maps
  • Textual scholarship and deep maps
  • Textual scholarship and mapping environmental zones
  • Textual scholarship and deep geography
  • Textual scholarship and the ethnopoetics of space
  • Textual scholarship and the spatial humanities
  • Textual scholarship and the spatial imaginary
  • Textual scholarship and semantic mapping
  • Textual scholarship and the cartography of the manuscript page
  • Textual scholarship and the cartography of the printed page
  • Textual scholarship and mapping in the digital sphere
  • Textual scholarship and GIS
  • Textual scholarship and data science
  • Textual scholarship and computational methodologies
  • Mapping textual scholarship in the 21st century
  • Mapping Transitions in modalities and methods in textual scholarship
  • Mapping Queer textual scholarship
  • Mapping Feminist textual scholarship
  • Mapping Anti-racist textual scholarship
  • Mapping ableism and textual scholarship
  • Mapping activism and textual scholarship
  • Mapping Textual scholarship in uncertain times

In addition to proposals related to the conference theme, STS welcomes proposals on other aspects of textual scholarship. STS is an interdisciplinary organization, and we have a tradition of offering papers from diverse 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. We share an interest in the recovery and analysis of the material traces of the textual past broadly defined, and the creation of a community of interpreters sharing knowledge and methods to that end. As an organization, STS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome new participants and encourage disciplinary assessment and exploration.

Chicago’s Archival-Textual Map

Chicago, as befits a city that is and has been one of America’s major cultural centers, has important libraries and archival sites of interest to STS members, including The Newberry Library (which also serves as a second conference site), The Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection of the John M. Flaxman Library, The Harold Washington Library, The Poetry Foundation Library, The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute, The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. 

Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2022

We welcome proposals tailored to the session formats below:


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.

  • Note: Individual paper proposals submitted will be organized thematically into groups by the conference program committee. Pre-organized panels are welcome. 


  • Seminars should propose a specific topic, issue, or text for intensive collective exploration through the lenses of textual scholarship. Accepted seminar proposals will be announced on the conference Web site (http://www.textualsociety.org) by April 1 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. 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.

Critical Institutes

  • Critical Institutes are discussions of pre-circulated research-in-progress essays (2500-6000 words) focused on topics in textual criticism. Participants will meet in conference sessions for discussion only, having read each others’ essays in advance. Discussion will be led by a moderator. In your proposal, please provide a description of your research in progress and several topics germane to your contribution (see list of possible topics above; other topics welcome). Graduate students and early career scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Works-in-progress will be submitted to Institute Moderators by April 15.

Flash Video Essays & Exhibits

  • The flash video essay is a one- to five-minute video that presents an argument or explores a point of view. It might consist of a tour of a specific textual space, an interview, a sequence of archival materials, or original text-based art. In your proposal, please provide a short description of your video essay and several topics germane to your contribution (see list of possible topics above; other topics welcome).
  • Exhibits are five-minute presentations in any format: for example, lightning talks, virtual poster presentations, audio narratives, or videos. In your proposal, please provide a description of your presentation along with a list of possible topics (see list of possible topics above; other topics welcome).

Workshops, with Hackathons, and Software Submissions/Demonstrations

  • 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 (http://www.textualsociety.org) and attendees will be required to enroll with the workshop leader(s).

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should consist of the following:

  1. Name(s) and affiliation(s)
  2. Email address
  3. Title of submission
  4. Format type: paper, panel, seminar, critical institute, flash video essay or exhibit, workshop/hackathon
  5. 250-word proposal abstract
  6. List of specific topics (from the suggested topics listed in this CFP) to which the submission may relate
  7. Technology needs

Accepted proposals for individual panel papers, seminar papers, flash video essays and exhibits will be assembled into sessions based on topic and in keeping with the Society’s interdisciplinary ethos.


  • All proposals (for papers, panels, seminars, flash video presentations and exhibits, critical institutes, and workshops with hackathons) due:  February 1, 2022
  • Notification: March 15, 2022
  • Seminar topics will be posted by April 1, 2022
  • Critical Institute works-in-progress should be submitted to Institute Moderators by April 15, 2022 
  • Registration opens: Monday, 25 April, 2022

Inquiries should be sent to Marta Werner @ mwerner7@luc.edu.

Proposals should be sent to


Please note that you will need to create an (free) account to login and submit the proposal.

In addition to registering for the conference, all presenters must be members of STS. For information about membership, please visit the Society for Textual Scholarship website https://textualsociety.org/membership-information/.

In the event that the pandemic prevents an on-site meeting, we will host the conference virtually. For conference updates and information, see the STS website at http://textualsociety.org.