Call for Contributions: Special Section of Scholarly Editing, Issue 39--Uncovering and Sustaining the Cultural Record

deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Association for Documentary Editing
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Call for Contributions: 

Special Section of Scholarly Editing, Issue 39--Uncovering and Sustaining the Cultural Record

Editing primary sources for publication has extensive origins in multiple disciplines, as is evident from the membership of the Association for Documentary Editing (ADE), which includes both historians and literary scholars in the United States and abroad. As we revive Scholarly Editing, we invite members of the editorial team, the advisory board, the ADE, and scholars, digital humanists, librarians, students, archivists, educators, and community members from outside these groups to contribute brief essays (1,500-4,000 words) about their experiences of uncovering and sustaining the cultural record as a set of practices, as a field, or as an act of recovery of silenced voices.

In issuing this invitation, we look forward to publishing a set of short essays in the upcoming issue of Scholarly Editing that will demonstrate diversities of practice, perspective, and emphasis. Our goal is to explore capaciously the contexts of knowledge production as theorized by Roopika Risam in New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (2019). Central questions include “how projects are designed, how material in them is framed, how data in them is managed, and what forms of labor are being used to create them.”

Contributors might also wish to look to the following texts as references:

Matthew James Driscoll and Elena Pierazzo, eds., Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories and Practices (Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2016),

D.C. Greetham, ed. Scholarly Editing: A Guide to Research (NY: MLA, 1995).

Mary-Jo Kline and Susan Holbrook Perdue, A Guide to Documentary Editing, 3d ed. (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008),

MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions, “MLA Statement on the Scholarly Edition in the Digital Age,

Contributions are due by April 30, 2021.

Please email questions and queries to Managing Editor Robert Riter ( or Essays Section Editor Ross K. Tangedal (