Textual Scholarship

The research group Textual Scholarship includes researchers who share an interest in textual media. Textual Scholarship serves as an umbrella term for several inter-related disciplines, in particular scholarly textual editing, artefactual philology, theory of digital text and book and media history.

All linguistic and literary research works with texts, but often simply as anonymous carriers of particular information. In Textual Scholarship, we turn to the sources and look directly at the texts as cultural phenomena and study their origins, context (historical and socio-cultural), physical material, transmission history, transposition from one type of text bearer to another (e.g. from manuscript to printed book, from print to digital form), dissemination and preservation.

The members of the research group have a practical and theoretical approach to texts. Texts are approached as points of reference between the object’s origins and its effects, between production and reception – often as a result of several intentions and interests. The approach also entails a particular interest in the significance of the artefact’s physical properties, and how this affects the interpretation and use of individual texts (e.g. whether the support is parchment, paper, stone, metal, etc.), palaeography, typography, format, covers and images, or digital design.

The research group also incorporates the broader field of literacy studies, which, among other things, includes the study of the relationship between writing and speech, thought and remembrance, and questions of linguistics and the philosophy of mind related to the field.


Texts in their historical context

The group's subject area is texts in their historical context, and an important theme is therefore the question of texts as elements in cultural heritage, as culture-specific written patterns of organisation and their socio-cultural contextualisation.

Actualisation and availability of cultural heritage

The subject area also includes the question of the actualisation and availability of this cultural heritage (primarily in the form of scholarly editions). The group is also concerned with the recontextualisation, exploration, dissemination and development of new research methods, both digital and within the material sciences (e.g. linguistic and literary corpus studies and methods for analysing ink, paper and parchment).





Name Title Phone E-mail
Barnwell, Jeppe Lindquist PhD Fellow +4535321266 E-mail
Blicher, Henrik Associate Professor +4535328315 E-mail
Driscoll, Matthew James Professor +4535328471 E-mail
Duncker, Dorthe Professor +4535328374 E-mail
Gnasso, Alessandro Research Assistant +4535334076 E-mail
Hansen, Anne Mette Associate Professor +4535328713 E-mail
Hernández Vera, René Postdoc +4535329709 E-mail
Hilfling, Josefine Industrial PhD +4535328941 E-mail
Kondrup, Johnny Professor +4535328363 E-mail
Malaspina, Matilde Postdoc +4535321519 E-mail
Perregaard, Bettina Associate Professor +4535328373 E-mail
Vacalebre, Natale Postdoc +4535328667 E-mail

Affiliated researchers

  • Battista, Simonetta 
  • Conroy, Alexander 
  • Helgadottir, Thorbjörg  
  • Lindholm, Johnny 
  • Nielsen, Michael Lerche 
  • Olsen, Mogens 
  • Zabaleta, Manex Aguirrezabal 

External researchers

  • Berg, Nils Holger Németh, The H.C. Andersen Centre, The University of Southern Denmark
  • Gottlieb, Katja, Grundtvig's Works, Aarhus University
  • Grum-Schwensen, Ane, The H.C. Andersen Centre, The University of Southern Denmark
  • Kapitan, Katarzyna Anna, University of Oxford
  • Rasmussen,  Krista Stinne Greve, Grundtvig's Works, Aarhus University

Head of research group