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About the conference

Members of the Trinity Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Department of History, and the Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures Research Theme are organising a conference on critical editions. Collaboration between senior academics and early career researchers will focus on the techniques and methodologies involved in making critical editions, as well as the interactions of computer science and web-hosting specialists with scholars in the digital humanities.

The conference will be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub 1-2 November 2019.


1 November

9:30 am: Registration

10:00 – 10:15 am: Opening Remarks (Alexandra Corey)

10:15  – 11:45 am: Session One: Publication (Chair: Stephen Hewer)

John McCafferty: ‘Editing out of silence: the Irish Manuscripts Commission and the uses of Irish history.’

Paul Dryburgh: ‘Editing Records for Publication: translating Hunnisett for the digital age.’

11:45 – 1 pm: Break for lunch (not provided)

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Session Two: Early Modern French Editions (Chair: Ariana Malthaner)

James Hanrahan: ‘Voltaire’s Précis du siècle de Louis XV: Decoding the Past, Understanding the Present and Imagining the Future’

Sarah Alyn Stacey: ‘“The rest to some faint meaning make pretence…”: Some Observations on the Conditions of Communication and Interpretation with Particular Reference to French Renaissance Poetry’

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Tea and coffee break

2:45 – 4:15 pm: Session Three: Methods for Communicating Texts (Chair: Deborah Hayden)

Bernadette Williams: And shall these dry bones live? (Ezechiel 37:3): The Translator as a Facilitator of Conversation’

Damian McManus: ‘Editing Medieval Irish Texts: Tools, Skill-sets and Strategies’

4:15 – 4:30 pm: Tea and coffee break with snacks

4:30 – 6 pm: Session Four: The Digital Humanities (Chair: Seán Duffy)

Brian Ó Raghallaigh: ‘Gaois: wisdom gained from building websites for the humanities.’

Mark Sweetnam: ‘The Final Mile: Cross-Platform Publishing and TEI.’

6 – 7 pm: Wine reception

2 November

9:30 – 9:45 am: Opening Remarks (Ariana Malthaner)

9:45 – 11:15 am: Session Five: Intertextuality (Chair: Paul Dryburgh)

Chantal Kobel: ‘The Editorial Treatment of Marginal Verses in Medieval Irish Lawyers’ Books’

Joanna Poetz: ‘Editing Fragments: The Critical Editions of Waldensian treatises’

11:15 – 11:30 am: Tea and coffee

11:30 am – 1 pm: Session Six: Past & Present (Chair: Dáibhí Ó Cróinin)

Mícheál Hoyne: ‘Thoughts on Editing one of Ireland’s Linguistic Treasures: Towards a New Edition of a Classical Modern Irish Grammatical Tract’

Jean-Paul Pittion & Magdalena Koźluk: ‘Cryptic Sources: Identifying and Decoding Sources in Early Modern Humanist Printed Treatises’

1 – 2 pm: Break for lunch (not provided)

2 – 3:30 pm: Session Seven: Challenging Traditions (Chair: Ruth Karras)

Christina Cleary: ‘“A Hybrid Product”: Methodological Problems Editing Middle Irish Prose’

Stephen Hewer: ‘Accessibility or Teleology? Mistranslating Cultural Terms: Anglosaxonising Thirteenth-Century English People by Twenty-First Century Historians’

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Closing remarks (Alexandra Corey and Ariana Malthaner)

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