[H-verkko] CFP: Limited Sources, Boundless Possibilities: Textual Scholarship and the Challenges of Oral and Written Texts

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Limited Sources, Boundless Possibilities: Textual Scholarship and the Challenges
of Oral and Written Texts
Call for Papers

Limited Sources, Boundless Possibilities: Textual Scholarship and the Challenges
of Oral and Written Texts  

A Special Issue of RMN Newsletter (December 2013)

 Textual scholarship is an umbrella term for disciplines that deal with
describing, transcribing, editing or annotating texts and physical documents. It
has traditionally consisted of fields such as textual criticism, genetic
criticism, analytical bibliography, stemmatology, paleography and codicology. As
an interdisciplinary field of research, textual scholarship brings together
historians, folklorists, literary critics, linguists and musicologists that are
interested in the genesis, transmission and variation of oral or written texts.

The objectives and methods of textual scholars vary a great deal, but they share
common challenges of interpreting and representing limited sources –
fragmentary documents, discontinuous recordings, fading voices, incoherent
manuscripts and insufficient or contradictory data on the contexts of producing
and transmitting texts.

  We would like to enhance interdisciplinary discussion and to provide
researchers with a better methodological understanding of the challenges of
limited sources in editing oral and written texts and of studying their
transmission and variance in a special issue of RMN Newsletter, the
international open-access bi-annual publication of Folklore Studies / Department
of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki (ISSN
1799-4497). Our publication promotes cross-disciplinary discussion on
diachronic, comparative and source-critical treatments of cultural expression
across diverse and intersecting disciplines:  


The special issue on textual scholarship calls for both research articles (up to
10 pages + works cited) and reviews (up to 5 pages + works cited). The research
articles will be peer reviewed. The articles may treat various materials (e.g.
manuscripts, folklore, letters, diaries, recordings) and cover themes such as:

tracing processes of textualization in oral poetry
lost sources
the scholarly editing of incoherent sources
annotating gaps: interpreting illegible, invisible or inaudible sections
limited sources in stemmatalogy
challenges of historical and comparative methods in folklore studies
describing obscure ethnomusical data
digitalizing and encoding fragmentary texts
overlaps and limitations in digital editions and databases


The themes may be discussed through concrete case studies or as broader
comparative investigations. Theoretical discussions are also welcome.


If you are interested in participating in this international and
cross-disciplinary discussion,

please submit a 500 word abstract of your proposed contribution, with your name,
affiliation and contact information to the issue editors Karina Lukin,
University of Helsinki karina.lukin at helsinki.fi or Sakari Katajamäki, Finnish
Literature Society sakari.katajamaki at finlit.fi


Deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. The completed
3–10 page submission (+ works cited) will have a deadline of May 1st, 2013.


Further information on the newsletter’s editorial criteria and author
guidelines can be found at:


For further information on textual scholarship:






Ilmoituksen lähetti: Karina Lukin <karina.lukin at helsinki.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 15.1.2013