Migrating the New: Text and Document in Ulysses

The three-volume Ulysses: A Critical and Synoptic Edition presented to Stephen Joyce at the Frankfurt James Joyce Symposium in 1984 was a print output of a larger digital enterprise. Among the earliest editions to enlist the systematic aid of the computer in the storage and collation processes, the 1984 Ulysses (rev. 1986) represents a pioneering effort in digital scholarly editing. Its aim was nothing less than the reconstruction of ‘Ulysses as Joyce wrote it’.

Initially developed in tustep by the Munich team of Hans Walter Gabler with Wolfhard Steppe, Claus Melchior and others, successive migrations since the late 1990s have seen the edition’s diachronic information converted, in the first instance, to the tei P3 sgml standard and, since 2002, to the tei xml dtd (P4 and P5). My talk will report on ongoing efforts to migrate these legacy data to current encoding standards and to develop tools that leverage and visualize the diachronic information contained therein. Issues to be addressed include (a) the detection, measurement and reversal of so-called “migration loss”—degradation of genetic information over the course of several major conversions; (b) the commensurability of documentary editing with the inter-document alteration favored in Gabler’s synoptic presentation; and (c) the stakes of producing a tei P5 version of the Critical and Synoptic Edition with all the constraints imposed by a legacy version of tustep over now re-encoding the documents of Ulysses in composition and transmission.

Ronan Crowley is FWO Pegasus Marie Curie Fellow at the Centre for Manuscript Genetics, University of Antwerp, in Belgium. He received his PhD in English from the University at Buffalo in 2014 for a dissertation on transatlantic copyright regimes, genetic criticism and Irish modernism. From 2014–2016 he was Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Passau. He is the editor, with Dirk Van Hulle, of New Quotatoes: Joycean Exogenesis in the Digital Age (Brill Rodopi, 2016).

Video: "Old Media, Anthropology and the Digital Return"

This talk details how objects collected during ethnographic or anthropological research (in particular from North American  Indigenous communities) became scientific tools and sources of evidence in museums. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 5pm IES 123/124 

This talk will introduce a media history of anthropology by looking at the technologies and visualization strategies that have been used to document and record material culture. By giving a history of these bureaucratic technologies (like collecting guides, ledger books, catalog cards and modern databases) it will contextualize how scientific objectivity came to stand in for originating communities’ perspectives and ideas about the world. Today, as museums and communities experiment with new technologies and visualizations (like 3D Scanning and printing) as well as new protocols and methods for collaborative mediation, an uneasy balance is struck between technological innovation and cultural history preservation. 

How do past infrastructures influence contemporary engagements with material culture for repatriation or digital return work? Do new visualizations of objects lead to new knowledges? Ultimately, this talk will argue that a historicized approach to understanding media technologies is integral to understanding the ways in which knowledge has been practiced and performed in ethnographic museums through time.

Exploring Common Sense: Creating a Digital Critical Edition

Explore Common Sense ( is a digital critical edition of the first British edition of Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense, which is notable for the redactions that prevented the printer from being arrested for seditious libel.

Creators Kate Johnson, Marie Pellissier, and Kelly Schmidt will discuss the process of working with an original copy of the text in University Archives and Special Collections, creating the site, and its potential as both an interpretive and learning tool inside and outside of the classroom.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kyle Roberts ( and be sure to let us know with your RSVP if you have any dietary restrictions.

Future Lunchtime Lectures will be added here. Check back for more information!


CFP: "Hideous Progeny": The Gothic in the Nineteenth Century

Introductory Speaker: Alison Booth (University of Virginia)

Keynote Speaker: Suzy Anger (University of British Columbia)

Lake Shore Campus, Klarcheck Information Commons, 4th floor
27 October 2018, 8:30am-5:30pm


“And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper.”

                        - Mary Shelley, 1831 Introduction to Frankenstein

In this truly Gothic year, we celebrate both the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and the birth of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights (1847), two famous Gothic novels which sparked questions regarding the potential of human connections across social classes, time, and death itself.  Subsequent authors of Gothic fiction similarly employed this genre to interrogate the breakdown of patriarchal family structures, systems of power and reproduction, sexual, religious, and socio-political taboos and norms, reinterpret previous literatures, and reject contemporary notions of the limits of reality, scientific possibility, and human progress.  Given the 19th-century recognition of the Gothic as an unstable, versatile space that can function as a surprising and subversive mechanism for social critique, we ask what are the possibilities, values, narrative strategies, ideas, versions, mutations, and adaptations of the nineteenth century Gothic?  Over the course of the nineteenth century, what endured, progressed, and morphed in this genre, and why?

 The Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society solicits paper proposals addressing Gothic questionings of texts, bodies, and the supernatural. Possible CFP categories include but are not limited to the following: 

•    textual studies and digital humanities
•    narrative theory
•    adaptations
•    history of science, 
•    queer theory
•    women and gender studies, 
•    art and architecture
•    post-colonial studies
•    the Gothic and the Neo-Gothic
•    mutations, perversions, and disability studies. 

 Please send abstracts no longer than 300 words to no later than 15 June 2018.

 Download poster here. In the weeks and months ahead, more details will be forthcoming on our website: