The Conference on Editorial Problems (CEP) was inaugurated in 1965, and has
been held annually since then at the University of Toronto. Its longevity is
witness to a long tradition: critical editions of the works of numerous authors,
in many languages and disciplines, have had a long association with Toronto, from the Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia and the notebooks of Coleridge to the correspondence of Zola and the collected works of Northrop Frye.
The Conference has benefited from the support of University College, the
Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the School of Graduate Studies, as well as
departments and centres across the University. Its affiliation with St
Michael's College and Victoria College, with the Centre for Medieval
Studies and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, allows the
conference to draw on both the reach and promise enjoyed by the
University's programs in Book and Media Studies and Book History and
Print Culture, as well as the Collaborative Program in Editing Texts.
These associations bespeak a wider commitment. The conference is a
strong supporter of the professional training of graduate students in
the humanities. It has provided important opportunities for students
interested in textual scholarship and editing to participate as
co-convenors and co-editors of individual programmes and volumes,
to chair sessions, and to organize roundtable discussions.
Although its earliest programmes were devoted mainly to the canon of English,
French, and Italian literature, the conference has expanded over the years to
encompass a wide variety of topics. A representative sample would include:
Editing Illustrated Books (1979), Editing Greek and Latin Texts (1987),
Music Discourse from Classical to Early Modern Times (1990), The Politics of
Editing Medieval Texts (1991), Editing Early and Historical Atlases (1993),
Editing Women (1995), Editing Aboriginal Texts (1996), Computing the Edition (1997),
Reconstructing Ancient Texts (2001), Editing the Image (2003)Editing 'New France' (2008),
Modernism in Canada (2010), and Medical Texts from Medieval England (2017).
The meetings of the conference are usually held over the first weekend of November each
year. Sessions take place at St Michael's College and at various other parts of the University
of Toronto (please consult the campus map
for directions to specific venues, posted for each year's conference).
Recent and forthcoming conferences have been devoted to subjects as diverse as the
literatures of contact, Middle English texts and medieval vernacular books, modernism in Canada,
early African American Literature, the textual cultures
of medieval Germany, as well legal texts and editorial problems associated medieval medical texts, Latin and vernacular.
See Forthcoming Conferences
for the topics currently under consideration.
The current members of the executive committee of the Conference on Editorial Problems are:
William Edwards (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies),
Ann M. Hutchison (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies; York University),
Ann Komaromi (Slavic Languages and Literatures; Comparative Literature), and
Fred Unwalla, chair (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies).
General enquiries about the conference
may be addressed to Fred Unwalla.