The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0822.  Wednesday, 6 August 1997.

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 05 Aug 1997 09:40:06 -0400
Subject:        Conference on Editorial Problems

[Editor's Note: This noticed was posted on the REED List. -HMC]


Problems in editing for the electronic medium

The Thirty Third Annual Conference on Editorial Problems
7-9 November 1997
University College, University of Toronto

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Julia Flanders (Brown)
Data or Wisdom? Electronic editing, empiricism and the quantification of

John Lavagnino (Brown)

Jerome McGann (Virginia)
The contradictory imperatives of eye and mind

Peter Robinson (De Montfort)
The Canterbury Tales project and other electronic editions: where next?

Peter Shillingsburg (Mississippi)
The dank cellar of electronic texts

Michael Sperberg-McQueen (Illinois at Chicago)
Why you should not teach your edition to swim

Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford)
The real presence of texts

PANELISTS  (University of Toronto)

Alex Jones  ancient science
Andrew Hughes musicology
Ian Lancashire (chair) English Renaissance literature
Keren Rice linguistics
Gary Shawver medieval studies
Jens Wollesen art history
Russon Wooldridge lexicography

The objective of the 1997 Conference on Editorial Problems is to examine
the practice of editing as it is shaped by the electonic medium, and to
explore the practiccality of the opportunities and the problems that
come from their implementation. Many believe that the future of
scholarly editing, if not specialized academic publishing generally,
lies with the electronic medium. This Conference will take stock of
major developments to date, examining critically, and from the problems
that have arisen, adumbrating the nature of scholarly editing for the
electronic medium. It will ask What are the desirable features of an
electronic edition? How is the medium affecting our conception of
editing and of the nature of text? How may we may refurbish our old
wisdom and  skills for this new medium?

The Conference will consist of papers from seven invited speakers,
followed by a panel of scholars representing a wide variety of
disciplinary perspectives at Toronto. The resulting volume will be
published in print and electronic forms  by the University of Toronto
Press. The imitative use of the computer to assist in producing an
edition for print may now be taken for granted.  The concerns of this
Conference lie, rather, in the  taken for granted. The concerns of this
Conference lie, rather, in the ext= raensions of computting beyond a
mirror-image of what we have always been abe to do.  Thus its subject
consists of the practical and theoretical problmes arising from new
kinds of processing and analysis the rapid  interactivity between editor
or reader and the data; and the plethora of choices in what an
electronic scholarly edition might be or do. Recent achievements and
current projects dispel any doubt that the dividends of computing the
edition are great, but they also show that these dividends have
far-reaching and disturbing consequences.  It is not simply that the
choices we face are difficult, or even that the most positive and
seemingly least problematic dividends challenge old ideas. The creative
disturbance to our status quo originates in the objectification of
editorial practice that computerization entails in the perceptual shift
to a view of source material as data.  Furthermore, the digital gift of
including so much more in an edition than was formerly possible means a
rethinking of what we consider to be data, what processes constitute
editing, indeed what we mean by "scholarly" and others.

Willard McCarty  King's College London
Fred Unwalla  Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto

Conference Coordinator
Jennifer Forbes University of Toronto


The Conference will take place at University College in the University
of Toronto.

Travel information and a detailed map will be sent with the conference
fee receipt.

Internet Access
All attendees will be offered access to the Internet, from which they
may reach their regular e-mail accounts as well as browse the web.
Computers with on-line access will be made available at Robarts Library
and at other locations on campus.


All hotels detailed here will have rooms available during the
conference.  For all hotels the cut-off date for guaranteed reservations
at the conference price is 7 October 1997 (i.e. one month before the
start of the conference.  When making their reservations, all guests are
asked to quote the conference name, "The Conference on Editorial
Problems" to qualify for the conference rate. Conference rates cannot be
guaranteed on days other than 7-9 November, though all hotels will try
to be accomodating.  Any special arrangements (non-smoking rooms,
whellchair accesible rooms, etc.,  must be made directly with the hotel
concerned. People wishing to stay later or arrive earlier will have to
make their own arrangements with the particular hotel.  It is bext to
make reservations early to ensure requirements are met. All hotel rates
are in Canadian funds and do not include taxes (the taxes on hotel rooms
are the Goods and Service Tax at 7% and the Provincial Sales Tax at
5%).   Many hotels have penalties for cancellations, early departures
etc.  Please check all charges, potential penalites and other conditions
with the hotel prior to booking.

List of Hotels
Quality Hotel Midtown
280 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1V8
phone: (416) 968-0010 fax:  (416) 968-7765
Toll free reservations:  1-800-228-5151
$72 plus taxes (1 person) $84 plus taxes (2 people)

Venture Inn Toronto Yorkville
89 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 2G3
phone: (416) 964-1220 fax: (416) 964-8692
Toll free reservations: 1-800-387-3933
$75 plus taxes for singles or doubles

Park Plaza Hotel
4 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 2E8
phone: (416) 924-5471 fax: (416) 924-4933
Toll free reservations: 1-800-977-4197
$149.00 plus taxes for singles or doubles

Hotel Inter-Continental Toronto
220 Bloor St. W., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1T8
phone: (416) 960-5200 fax: (416) 324-5920
Toll free reservations: 1-800-267-0010
$165.00 singles, $185.00 doubles plus taxes

Each guest must make his or her own reservations directly with the hotel
and is responsible for any and all hotel charges and special
arrangements. Please quote "Conference on Editorial Problems" when
booking. For all hotels the cut-off date for guaranteed reservations at
the conference price is October 7, 1997.









[      ] Full (includes papers, reception, banquet &  Saturday lunch:$90
[      ] Partial  (excludes reception & banquet): $70
[      ] Student (with Saturday lunch):$40
[      ] Student (papers only):$30
Students wishing to attend the Friday reception and the  banquet must
pay for Full registration

I require a vegetarian (ovo-lacto) menu  [      ] (please tick)

Canadian or US currency only. Cheques or money orders should be made
payable to the 'Conference on Editorial Problems'.

Please note that no refunds will be awarded to cancellations received
after 7 October 1997. Prior to that date a service charge of $15 will be
levied on all

Numbers are limited to 100 for the conference so early registration is
advised. The conference fee can be paid in advance with this form or
on-site, but a $35 surcharge will be required for all on-site

Please return this form along with your registration fee to:

Jennifer Forbes,
University of Toronto,
59 Queens Park Crescent East,
Toronto, Ontario,

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