book:logic 2012

In coming decades, “all the scholarly resources we use—all the editions, every print book, every manuscript—are going to be remade in digital form” (Peter Robinson). But what form exactly? After more than two decades of work, have we yet produced an electronic scholarly edition that works as well as a print edition and satisfies all of its users?

Papers at the 2012 book:logic Symposium, “Text Editing and Digital Culture,” investigated the promises and pitfalls of digital textuality, the changing role of the textual editor, and the intersections of textual studies and digital technologies within different cultures and literary traditions.

Plenary Speakers

Paul Eggert

Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow, University of New South Wales at ADFA

Alexander C. Y. Huang

Associate Professor of English, Theatre, and International Affairs, George Washington University
Research Affiliate in Literature, MIT

Willard McCarty

Professor of Humanities Computing, King's College London
Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Western Sydney


Miss the live action? Thanks to iVEC@UWA, streaming audio of all of the papers was recorded. A video interview with Alexander C. Y. Huang will be uploaded soon.

Click here to listen to the papers.

For those who missed the first book:logic meeting, audio recordings of all papers presented are also available.


Time Presenter Affiliation Paper Title
8:30 AM ~ Registration
9:15 AM ~ Opening Remarks (Tim Dolin)
9:30 – 10:30 AM Alexander C. Y. Huang GWU and MIT “Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made on”: Shakespeare and Digital Video Archives
10:30 – 11 AM ~ Morning Coffee (provided)
11 – 11:30 AM Ros Smith U Newcastle Early Modern Women's Writing, Material Cultures, and the Digital Archive
11:30 – 12 PM Mark Houlahan U Waikato ISE–QME: From the (Shakespearean) Frying Pan to the (Obscurantist) Fire
12:00 – 1:30 PM ~ Lunch (self-catered)
1:30 – 2:30 PM Roger Osborne U Queensland The AustESE Project
2:30 – 3:30 PM Paul Eggert UNSW at ADFA Text, Work and Authorship in the Age of the Digital Humanities: Reconceiving the Philological Endeavour
3:30 – 4 PM ~ Afternoon Coffee (provided)
4 – 4:30 PM Will Christie U Sydney “An ardent and steady pursuit of science”: Philosophic Whiggism in Digital Media
4:30 – 5 PM Teresa Swirski Charles Sturt U Imagining, Improvising and Innovating: The Complexity of Creativity Informing Practices of Digital Textuality
5 – 6 PM Willard McCarty KCL and UWS Why Serving Needs is Shortsighted
6 PM ~ Symposium Wrap-up (Brett D. Hirsch)
7 PM ~ Drinks (University Club)
8 PM ~ Symposium Dinner (Viet Nosh)