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Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Call for Papers

Schedule & Location

25 Sept 2023, 19:00 – 29 Feb 2024, 19:00

EPhS Journal

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Lost, Stolen, and Found Manuscripts

In the history of textual transmission, numerous manuscripts and manuscript fragments have been lost forever due to natural disasters, or thefts (especially in the 19th century, even from major libraries such as the Bibliothèque Nationale de France or the British Museum), and, on the flip side, important manuscripts and fragments have been rediscovered. We invite our members to submit article proposals on this topic.

Topics of interest may include but are not limited to:

Lost Manuscripts: Exploration of historical events, natural disasters, or circumstances that led to the permanent loss of manuscripts and their impact on textual transmission.

Stolen Manuscripts: Analysis of thefts and illicit trade of manuscripts, with a focus on notable cases and their consequences.

Rediscovered Manuscripts and Fragments: Studies on manuscripts and fragments that were once lost but have been recovered, shedding light on their significance and the stories of their rediscovery.

Philological Approaches: Examination of the philological methods employed in studying lost, stolen, and found manuscripts.

Literary and Historical Implications: Investigations into the literary and historical implications of lost and rediscovered manuscripts, including their influence on literary traditions and cultural heritage.

Submissions are welcome from scholars working within every field of philology, as well as those with interdisciplinary perspectives. We encourage diverse contributions that explore various facets of lost, stolen, and found manuscripts.

Please submit your article proposals (Title, Abstract and Author details) by no later than November 30, 2023, to journal(at)

Submissions should include a title, an abstract (250-300 words), and author details. The submission of individual papers is expected by February 2023, and the release of the issue will occur in spring.

For inquiries and further information, please contact about(at)


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