New Editor of JTEI and CFP Issue 9

Dear colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to announce that John Walsh will be taking over from me as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the TEI. Many people will know John from his roles on the TEI Board and the TEI Council. John is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University and Editor and Project Director of the Algernon Charles Swinburne Project.

To mark this transition, John will be editing Issue 9 of the Journal, ‘TEI and Materiality’. The Call for Papers is below. I wish John and the other editors of the Journal, Martin Holmes and Ron Van den Branden the very best in the continuing success of the Journal.

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TEI and Materiality
CFP: Issue [9] of the Journal of the TEI
Submissions due 16 January

Much recent humanities scholarship expresses renewed interest and attention in material culture and the physical artifact. Recent literary and cultural studies are rich with articles and books focused on materiality or the “material turn” in humanities research. Since its earliest versions, the TEI Guidelines have provided mechanisms for recording details about the physical artifact–for example, the @rend attribute may used to record layout, design, typographic, and other graphic dimensions of the source artifact. However, with the release of TEI P5 in 2007 and in the ongoing development and refinement of P5, new and more robust mechanisms for recording details about the material artifact were introduced to the TEI Guidelines. The `rendition` element, along with the `@rend` `@rendition` and `@style` attributes provide a robust infrastructure for recording the graphic and design features of a document. The `msDesc` element and related elements and attributes provide mechanism
s for pro
viding extensive detail about the physical attributes of manuscripts, books, and other text bearing objects. The `facsimile` element and related features provide an infrastructure for fuller integration of facsimile images with the encoded text.

The editors of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, the official journal of the TEI Consortium, are delighted to announce a call for papers for a special issue that focuses on TEI and Materiality. For this issue we welcome articles that explore the relationship between the TEI Guidelines, the encoded document, and the material object.

Example topics that might be discussed include:

* Conceptual and theoretical discussions of the relationship between the encoded text and the material object
* Discussion of interfaces that present details about materiality (beyond the standard combination of encoded text and facsimile page image)
* Innovative uses of the TEI Guidelines to model material aspects of the document
* Proposed new features for the TEI Guidelines that would provide further support for modeling material aspects of the text-bearing object.
* The use of TEI in combination with other standards and technologies to support the investigation of materiality

Submissions are accepted in two categories: research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words and shorter articles reflecting new research or new tools/services of 2000-4000 words. Both may include images and multimedia content. Author guidelines are available at

The Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative, a peer-reviewed open-access publication hosted by, is the official journal of the TEI Consortium. Closing date for submissions to this issue is [date] with publication expected [season year].

If you have any questions, please contact John Walsh <>

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