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IU Jacobs School’s Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature co-presents digital editions workshop

Aug. 22, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Digital editions have already begun to drastically change the work of scholars, but many questions of method, technology and academic recognition remain open.

What are the advantages of a digital edition compared with a traditional one? How difficult is to create a digital edition today, and what type of collaboration between different scholars does it entail? Are electronic editions advanced enough and well regarded enough by scholars and institutions to suggest that the age of printed editions is coming to an end?

In order to address these and similar issues, the Indiana University Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature (CHMTL), at the Jacobs School of Music, and the IU Medieval Studies Institute will present the interdisciplinary workshop "Scholarly Editions and the Digital Age: Text and Music" on Friday, Aug. 31, followed by a study day on Saturday, Sept. 1.

The program will be held in the Oak Room of the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.

The workshop will draw together scholars from IU and across the country from a variety of fields to present and discuss their diverse experiences in digital scholarly publication, aiming to answer at least some of the field's burning questions.

"Scholarly Editions and the Digital Age" will have a special, but not exclusive, focus on medieval and early modern themes and materials. Some technical aspects will be illustrated, but the presentations will concentrate on general methodological approaches.

On the following morning, Sept. 1, a more informal all-musicological study day will be held, organized by CHMTL. This will be an opportunity to present and discuss new initiatives stemming from the Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (the oldest of the projects hosted by CHMTL), followed by other presentations/responses and an open discussion/question time on digital applications to music studies.

Register by sending a message to by Tuesday, Aug. 28. For more information, e-mail

This workshop has been made possible thanks to a Workshop/Small Conference Grant from the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study.