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What do New Editions of Old Texts Reveal?

Tuesday, 2 April 2019, 10am – 5pm

What do New Editions of Old Texts Reveal?

A discussion about critical editing and the launch of The Correspondence of Isaac Casaubon in England, 1610-1614 organised by the Centre for Early Modern History and the Trinity Long Room Hub Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures Research Theme. 

Why publish a private correspondence – or any other text – from several hundred years ago? How do modern editions of letters, historical documents and literary works differ? Is editing and/or translating a form of scholarship?

The Dublin launch of the 4-volume critical edition of the correspondence of the classical scholar Isaac Casaubon provides an excellent opportunity for practicing and would-be editors, as well as enthusiasts and readers of older texts, to reflect on the work involved in producing a modern edition. The event will begin with a masterclass in the morning, open to students. The afternoon session is open to members of the public, and it will feature the book launch, chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock, and a roundtable discussion on editing, with invited experts from the UK and Ireland, chaired by Prof Jane Ohlmeyer.

The event is free of charge and open to all, but registration is required (register here).

Schedule of the event
• 10–11.30 am: Masterclass on editing with Dr Paul Botley, editor of Casaubon’s correspondence. Separate registration required for this session (register here).
• 2–3.15pm: Book launch of The Correspondence of Isaac Casaubon in England, 1610–1614 with the editors, Dr Paul Botley and Dr Máté Vince, chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock
• 3.15–3.30pm: Coffee break
• 3.30pm–5pm: Roundtable discussion on the challenges and role of editing, chaired by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (Director of the Long Room Hub). Confirmed participants: Dr Paul Botley (English, University of Warwick), Dr Niamh Pattwell (English, UCD), Dr Jason Harris (Centre for Neo-Latin Studies, UCC), Dr Igor Candido (Italian, TCD), Dr Mark Sweetnam (English, TCD), Dr Bríd McGrath (History, TCD), Dr Joseph Clarke (History, TCD), Dr Máté Vince (History, TCD).

If you have any queries, please contact the organiser at

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Workshops and Training
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free (but registration is required)
Contact Name: Dr Máté Vince

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