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Scholarly Editing Unpacked

  • Keynes room (114) Birkbeck, University of London (map)

Scholarly Editing Unpacked

17 November 2017, 10.30-18.30, followed by drinks reception
Organisers: Dr Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck) and Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck)

While most of us acknowledge that scholarly editing underpins a wide range of our literary research many of us know very little about its processes. Editing can seem arcane, and something that happens only in specialist domains. The environments in which editing takes place, however, are quickly changing. Digital innovation is transforming text and object, making questions of textual manipulation and presentation newly urgent.

This day-long workshop brings together leading scholars to explore why editing matters and to exchange and develop practical advice and experience. It will challenge preconceptions of the relative unimportance or invisibility of scholarly editorial skills, and will equip its delegates with nomenclature and a roadmap for navigating the field.

Whether you are embarking on an editorial project, harbouring thoughts of doing so in the future, or are simply keen to know more – and to know more accurately – about the literary objects you study this workshop will be of value and use.


  • Plenary lecture by Professor Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford), Project Director of The Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition
  • Early Modern editing with Dr Rory Loughnane (Kent), Associate Editor of The New Oxford Shakespeare
  • Modern editing with Professor Scott McCracken (QMUL) and Dr Jo Winning (Birkbeck), General Editors of The Dorothy Richardson Scholarly Editions Project
  • Afternoon Workshop with Dr Wim van Mierlo (Loughborough), 

    A.            Textual Scholarship
                    – Theories and Methods:
                    – choosing and justifying the copy-text
                    – understanding variants
                    – versioning/genetic editing
                    – social editing

  • B.             Textual Editing in Practice
                     – textual cruxes
                     – annotation and commentary
                    – digital editing (the purpose of TEI, collation software, etc.)

  • Editing in the digital age with Dr Paul Caton, (Kings’ Digital Laboratory)        
  • Drinks reception 

Funding for this event is provided by the CHASE. To take part in the training, please use the application form below. Closing date: 27/10/2017

Bursaries are available for students at CHASE institutions. 

There is a temporary job opportunity related to this training for PhD students at CHASE institutions. Find out more here.