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Scholarly Editions and the Digital Age:
Text and Music

An interdisciplinary workshop organized by the Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature. The workshop has been made possible thanks to a Workshop/Mini-Conference Grant of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study

August 31, 2012
8.45 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union

We are now well into the post-Lachmaniann and post-Bédier era of textual criticism, and over fifteen years beyond Bernard Cerquiglini’s Eloge de la variante and Jerome McGann's influential essay on The Rationale of Hypertext. Today, the production of electronic editions seems to have become a relatively straightforward process, as is testified by the growth of online scholarly publication.

But what exactly are the advantages of a digital edition, compared with a traditional one? How difficult is to create a digital edition today, and what type of collaboration between different scholars does it entail? Are the standard techniques used by scholars sufficient for all purposes? How are different fields (Literature, History, Music, etc.) benefiting or not benefiting from the possibilities of this new medium? Finally: are electronic editions advanced enough, and well-regarded enough by scholars and institutions to suggest that the age of printed editions is coming to an end?

In this workshop we would like to review the state of affairs by asking these questions to a group of renowned experts working in various areas within this developing branch of the humanities. The workshop will have a special focus, albeit not exclusive, on Medieval and Early modern topics.


  • Benjamin Albritton (Stanford University)
  • Michelle Dalmau (Indiana University)
  • Richard Freedman (Haverford College)
  • James Ginther (Saint Louis University)
  • William Newman (Indiana University)
  • Dot Porter (Indiana University)
  • Perry Roland (University of Virginia)
  • Martha Nell Smith (University of Maryland)
  • Clara Henderson (Indiana University)
  • H. Wayne Storey (Indiana University)
  • John Walsh (Indiana University)

Places are limited. Please register by emailing by August 28. Please let us know if you plan to attend the panels and whether you can join us for lunch in the Tudor Room ($12).

On Saturday, September 1 the CHMTL will host an informal follow-up to the workshop, a Study Day on specific music-related aspects.



Friday, 31 August 2012

8:45am Presentation - Rosemarie McGerr (IU, MEST) and Giuliano Di Bacco (IU, CHMTL)
9:00 The Foundations and the Futures of Digital Humanities - Martha Nell Smith (University of Maryland)
9:40 The Markup Model and the Text Encoding Initiative - Michelle Dalmau (IU, Digital Library Program)
10:20 coffee break
10:35 Goals and Evolution of the Chymistry of Isaac Newton Project - William Newman (IU, History and Philosophy of Science)
11:05 Editions of Medieval Texts and Manuscripts: Tools and Issues - Dot Porter (IU, Digital Library Program)
11:45 Peer Review and Digital Publication - Clara Henderson (IU, Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities)
12:15pm lunch break
1:30 Reconfiguring the Edition: Information and the Victorian Poet- John Walsh (IU, Library and Information Science)
2:00 What is the Music Encoding Initiative? - Perry Roland (University of Virginia)
2:40 The Lost Voices Project: The Renaissance Chanson in the Digital Domain - Richard Freedman (Haverford College)
3:20 coffee break
3:40 Text and Music in Facsimiles from Distributed Resources - Ben Albritton (Stanford University)
4:20 Digital Humanities from the Margins - James Ginther (Saint Louis University)
5:00 Fossils, Philology, and the Perception of Stability in Digital Contexts - H. Wayne Storey (IU, French and Italian)
5:40 discussion and summing up

Saturday, 1 September
  • The Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum and Beyond - Giuliano Di Bacco (IU, CHMTL)
  • What is the Music Encoding Initiative? (2: TEI and Music Notation) - Perry Roland (University of Virginia)
  • The Lost Voices Project (2: Additional Thoughts) - Richard Freedman (Haverford College)
  • Needles in Musical Haystacks: Computer Handling of Music in Symbolic Form - Donald Byrd (IU, Informatics and Music)
  • Alternative Models: Shared Canvas - Benjamin Albritton (Stanford University)

Discussants will include: Matthew Balensuela (De Pauw University) – Linda Cummins (University of Alabama) – Stefano Mengozzi (University of Michigan) – Jan Herlinger (Louisiana State University) – Peter Slemon (Toronto, Director of Traités Français sur la Musique)

The Interdisciplinary Workshop (Friday 8/31) is jointly organized by the IU Jacobs School of Music Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature (CHMTL) and the Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University (MEST), thanks to a Workshop/Mini Conference Grant of the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study. The Study Day (Saturday 9/1) is organized by CHMTL.

You can find pdf versions of the flyer here and of the schedule here