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Best wishes

Merisa Martinez

Research Fellow

Swedish School of Library and Information Science

University of Borås, Sweden

Dear colleagues,


We are excited to share our finalised programme for the online symposium on Legal Issues in Textual Scholarship that will take place at the end of next month (27 October 2023)! This event is free, but registration is required to obtain access to the event’s Zoom link. Please register before 22 October


Through the practice of editing culturally and historically relevant documents, textual scholars are regularly faced with legal restrictions to their scholarly endeavours – including both copyright and non-copyright restrictions such as the privacy and moral rights of authors. In practice, these added difficulties and legal uncertainties cause funding agencies, libraries, and archives to prioritise the digitisation and publication of less legally problematic materials – which threatens to cause a bias in our output as a research field. In an effort to move forward as a research community, the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) is organising an online symposium on Legal Issues in Textual Scholarship to address these obstacles, and reflect on the legal restrictions that may affect textual scholarship in the analog and digital paradigms.


We will start the day by exposing some of the problems textual scholars are facing today when they work with copyrighted materials, establishing a legal framework for our discussion, and examining the impact generative AI may have on the field — now, and in the foreseeable future. After lunch, we will continue with a series of shorter papers by authors sharing their professional experiences dealing with copyright holders and their heirs, digitising cultural heritage materials in research and pedagogical contexts, and the use of born-digital source materials. Finally, we will end the day with reflections on the Copyright Act itself, and on how we may navigate these restrictions, and work within the legal boundaries that are set for us.



We hope to see you there!

All the best, 

Wout Dillen and Elsa Pereira, Organizing Committee 



(All times CET)


10:00-10:20 | Opening Remarks


10:20-12:00 | Panel I


12:00-13:30 | Lunch Break


13:30-15:30 | Panel II


15:30-15:45 | Coffee Break


15:45-17:30 | Panel III


17:30 | Closing Remarks


About the Event

This online symposium constitutes the first in a series of satellite events organised by the European Society for Textual Scholarship outside of the society’s annual conference. It is co-hosted by the Universities of Borås and Lisbon, and supported by HUMINFRA



Best wishes,


Wout Dillen

Senior Lecturer

Swedish School of Library and Information Science

University of Borås, Sweden

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