2019 STS Conference Information





The Society for Textual Scholarship
International Interdisciplinary Conference
March 20-22, 2019
The New School and New York University, New York City

“Ephemerality: The Precarious and the Preserved”

Program Committee: Ronald Broude (The Broude Trust), Stephanie Browner (The New School), Gabrielle Dean (Johns Hopkins University), Andy Reynolds (West Texas A&M University), John Young (Marshall University)

Deadline for Proposals: January 14, 2019




The Society for Textual Scholarship conference returns to New York City for the first time since 2009, co-hosted by The New School and New York University. The conference will feature two full days of concurrent panels, roundtables, workshops, and seminars. Our theme speaks to the fragility of physical archives and the contingent nature of their digital forms, as well as the broader need to preserve humanistic knowledge in an increasingly precarious world.

Possible topics include:

* Inter-media definitions of ephemera
* Editing as cultural heritage preservation
* Fragments of/in/in relation to a work
* Archives and extinction, e.g., languages, cultures, flora, fauna
* Remedial projects re: marginalized or missing history, e.g., race, gender, sexuality, disability
* Editions of broadsides, pamphlets, chapbooks, sheet music, and other printed ephemera
* Editorial, publication, and preservation challenges of electronic literature and social media
* The curation and preservation of fake news
* Editorial authority in extremist political environments
* Knowledge preservation and climate change
* Comparing methodologies and philosophies of scholarly editing with those of art, historic building and garden/landscape conservation
* The production, distribution, and preservation of African American print culture
* Editorial and social histories of migrant and diasporic texts
* Editorial and archival intersections of embodiment and textuality
* The ephemerality of performance (and means of transcending it)

In addition to proposals related to the conference theme, STS invites proposals on any aspect of textual scholarship from a broad spectrum of 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.

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

Proposals for all formats should include a title; abstract (250 words max.) of the proposed paper, panel, seminar, or workshop; and name, email 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 to stsconference2019@gmail.com

All participants in the STS 2019 conference must be members of STS. For information about membership, please visit the Society for Textual Scholarship website https://textualsociety.org/membership-information/. For conference updates and information, see the STS website at http://textualsociety.org.

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