Keynote Speaker

Elena Pierazzo – University of Tours

Wednesday 1 July 2020 

Elena Pierazzo is Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Tours, at the Centre d’Études Superieures de la Renaissance where she directs the MA program in Digital Humanities and approaches to the digitisation cultural heritage (Intelligence des Patrimoines); formerly she was professor at the University of Grenoble Alpes and previously Lecturer at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London where she was the coordinator of the MA in Digital Humanities. 

She has a PhD in Italian Philology from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa; her specialism is Italian Renaissance texts, digital edition of Early Modern and modern draft manuscripts, digital editing and text encoding. She has been the Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative for two mandates, and has served for two mandates in the TEI Technical Council and was involved in the TEI user-community, with a special interest in the transcription, edition and cataloguing of modern and medieval manuscripts. She was co-chairs the working group on digital editions of the European Network NeDiMAH ( and one of the scientist in chief for the ITN DiXiT, a European Network devoted to the training of doctoral students to the practice of digital scholarly editing (Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network,

She is member of the scientific committee of the ABES (Agence Bibliographique de l’Ensiegnement Superieur:, of the National Research Infrastructure ColleX-Persée (, and of the MSH of Besançon (

In 2019 she was invited by the ADHO (Alliance of the Digital Humanities Organisation, as the co-Chair of the Program Committee of the DH2019 in Utrecht together with Fabio Ciotti. She is particularly engaged in teaching Digital Humanities and Digital Editing; she directs the Summer School EDEEN, has been teaching a large number of workshops and trainings, some of them in connection with the CAHIER consortium of the Très Grand Infrastrucutre de Recherche (TGIR) HumaNum, and has created in collaboration with Marjorie Burghart the online course in Digital Editing hosted by the DariahTeach platform. She is member of the Board of Humanistica, the francophone association for Digital Humanities. 

Professor Pierazzo has published extensively about digital textual scholarship, digital genetic editing and produced several scholarly editions (digital and analogue), in several languages: Italian, English and French. Her main recent publications include: 

« Il testo è morto, lunga vita ai testi. Pluralismo testuale e edizioni digitali », Prassi Ecodtiche, 3, 2018, pp. 321-344 

« How subjective is your model ?». The shape of Data in the Digital Humanities, J. Flanders et F.  Jannidis (éds.), Oxon-New York, Routledge, 2018, pp. 117-132. 

« Un nouveau module de la TEI pour l’encodage des manuscrits modernes et les éditions génétiques ». La génétique des textes et des formes: L’œuvre comme processus. Proceeding of the international conference, Cerisy La Salle, 2-9 September 2010, P.-M. De Biasi et Anne Herschberg Pierrot (éds.), Paris, CNRS Editions, 2017, pp. 479-484. 

E. Pierazzo. Digital scholarly editing. Aldershot: Ashgate/Routledge, 2015.

« A rationale of digital documentary editions ». Literary and Linguistic Computing, 26/4, p. 463-478 (2011).

A. F. Doni. Le novelle. Tomo II, La Zucca. Édition réalisée par E. Pierazzo, Roma: Salerno Editrice (2003), 2 volumes.


The bulk of the summer school's training programme will be taught by Wout Dillen, Joshua Schäuble, and Dirk Van Hulle. Together, this team has expertise in teaching the theory and practice of Textual Criticism and Digital Scholarly Editing, as well as a series of associated technologies such as XML, XSLT, XPath, and Command Line Interfaces. The tutorial on developing a digital edition on a Raspberry Pi using eXist-db that will be form the basis of the summer school's course was developed by Joshua Schäuble and Wout Dillen.