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Textual scholarship, artificial intelligence, corpora and intelligent editions
The nineteenth annual conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS 2024)
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest 2-4 October 2024


Although the deep learning-based AI revolution in human language processing began at least a decade ago, the emergence of generative AI through ChatGPT has far exceeded even experts’ expectations. Will AI make textual scholarship and our editing practices smarter? Will we be able to produce intelligent editions, in print or online, without the „help” of computers in the third decade of the 21st century?

In this context, it is worth considering the opportunities and threats of the computer as a cultural artefact in the production of scholarly editions, or in textual scholarship in general, from the Index Thomisticus (Roberto Busa) to Winchester Philology (Thorsten Ries) and the technology of the Semantic Web. The conference also addresses the role of corpora and corpus linguistic methods in the humanities, such as computer-based analysis and annotation of poetic texts.

Papers on the following or related topics are welcome:
  • Scholarly editing, textual scholarship and/as research data – in the age of FAIR data management
    Versioning, persistent identification, standardization, metadata schemes, data mining, search tools, search platforms. Named entity recognition, data enrichment, linked open data.
  • Scholarly editions on display. Displaying scholarly editions.
    Arrangement of philological data on the printed surface of paper and on the computer displays, marking-up, sign systems in print and on the screen, relation of the visual arrangement of the source and the edition; lists, glossaries, annotations, marginalia and footnotes: what they disclose and what they
    hide. Digital interfaces, responsive design and visual stability/instability. Digitizing scholarly editions and printing digital ones.
  • Rule based digital tools, automatic collation, data visualization; intertextuality detection, stylometry and authorship attribution: old and new methods. Deep learning (HTR, LLM), digital research infrastructures.
  • Corpus linguistic methods and tools in poetic research: canonical and non-canonical poetic genres, characteristics of lyrical and narrative poetry, poetic styles and devices, literary periods, quantitative and qualitative methods. Methods of corpus building in poetic research: building corpora of canonical and non-canonical poetic genres, manual and automatic annotation of features relevant to poetry.
  • Born-digital and digitized sources and the challenges of textual scholarship.
  • The audiences of digital and printed editions.


Contributions to the ESTS Conference may take the following forms:
  • Research Papers
    Individual scholars are welcome to submit proposals for papers which may then be selected for panels. 20 minutes in length. Please supply an abstract of 150 words (max) + bio of 100 words (max).
  • Panel sessions
    We also invite groups of scholars (3 speakers) to submit proposals for thematically linked research paper panels. 90 minutes in length (3 x 20 minute papers + q&a). Please supply 3 abstracts of 150 words (max) each + bios of 100 words (max) for each speaker. The organisers will give preference to panels that reflect the diversity of our field.
  • Roundtable
    We also invite groups of scholars (up to 6 speakers) to submit proposals for thematically linked roundtable sessions. 90 minutes in length (10 mins per speaker + q&a). Please supply an overall abstract of 250 words (250 words) for the roundtable + bios of 100 words (max) for each speaker.
  • Poster sessions
    We will run a poster session as part of the main conference program. Topics of interest include all topics listed above. The poster session is an opportunity for researchers to discuss their early/ongoing work with attendees. The posters presented are to be between sizes A3 and A2; Please provide an abstract of maximum 250 words.


Proposals are to be submitted on the registration link by 30 April 2024

[link available in the second half of February]

Proposals are to be reviewed by end of May


Organising Committee

ESTS – The European Society for Textual Scholarship

ELTE-DH –Department of Digital Humanities, Eötvös Loránd University

ELTE-MIKTI – Institute of Hungarian Literature and Cultural Studies, Eötvös Loránd University