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2024 Society for Textual Scholarship Conference

The Society for Textual Scholarship is an international organization of scholars working in textual studies, editing and editorial theory, electronic textualities, and issues of textual culture within and across a wide range of disciplines.

The annual conference and biannual journal, Textual Cultures, bring together scholars from disciplines such as literature (in all languages), history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, ethnic studies, women’s/gender/LGBTQ+ studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, book history, bibliography, media studies, library science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, codicology, cinema studies, theater, linguistics, and textual and literary theory.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, perhaps more than any other American city, invites us to consider the deep roots and long legacies of cultural conflict. Set in the middle of “Indian Territory” carved out for indigenous tribes forcibly displaced from the southeast, it became a supply depot for new railroads, a ranching capital, an oil boomtown, a Western Art Deco mecca, and the home of “Black Wall Street,” the vibrant African American community leveled by a brutal massacre in 1921. In the city’s current incarnation, the stresses of history are sometimes visible and sometimes glimpsed in transformation: Tulsa flaunts its vintage neon signage and riverfront parks, celebrates counter-culture heroes Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and hosts several museums within the former paper plant that supplied newsprint to area newspapers.
In this setting, steeped in many varieties of cultural encounter and collision, marked by repression, assertion, protest, and celebration, it is fitting that we explore the textuality of pressure. Pressure flattens, coerces, contains, and restrains–forces that can precipitate paradoxical responses: collapse, transformation, resistance, liberation. Texts manifest many varieties of creative, social, and political pressure in their expressive content and form. But text is also often a matter of technological pressure: printing techniques rely on the pressure of a platen, roller, or squeegee; other recording and playback processes require the pressure of a stylus, a chisel, a nib, or the gentle pulse of a wifi wave. Such pressurized circumstances, symbolic and material, reveal core issues of textual production, circulation, reception, and contestation.

A Book as a Book / A Book as Art Exhibit

Artists’ books are the subject of our newest exhibit in Special Collections at McFarlin Library. Artists’ books are works of art that take the form or function of a book, and often challenge our notion of what a book is and can be. Some have two boards and a text block, while another might be a fold-out pyramid telling the story of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens through aerial photography. Many artists’ books are limited edition, with only a handful made.

Visitors are welcome to come to Special Collections on the 5th floor of McFarlin Library to see a selection of our beautiful artists’ books on display through 2024. Enter the building at the Plaza Level and take the elevator in the southeast corner of the building to floor 5. Exit to your right and ring the doorbell. Our department is open to visitors Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vocal and Choral Summer Camp 2024

The University of Tulsa School of Music presents the TU Vocal and Choral Camp every summer in July. This five-day summer camp is for high school-aged singers who love vocal and choral music. TU vocal faculty along with guest artists will guide students in the preparation of classical solos appropriate for auditions and contests in daily private lessons and masterclasses. The choral portion will feature choral literature specially selected for the camp and will include preparation of the All-State High School Mixed Choir audition repertoire for the coming year.

Eric Konkol Basketball Camps – Day Camp

Join the Youth Day Camp today and give your child the gift of refined basketball skills and a lifelong love for the game! Our campers entering 2nd-10th grades will receive daily skill instruction, participate in thrilling contests and exciting competitions, and play fun-filled games. Plus, lunch can be easily purchased daily. Don’t wait – enroll your child now and let them experience the joy of basketball camp!

Honors Summer Academy

The Honors Summer Academy is an immersive pre-college program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Participants can earn college credit while studying the classics with esteemed deans. In morning seminars, they discuss big questions raised by classic texts. In the afternoons and evenings, Honors College students lead recreational and cultural activities on and off campus.

Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Cost is $1,200. Applications are open until April 1. For more information, visit

Summer String Chamber Music Camp 2024

The TU Chamber Music Camp is a five-day program that starts on Monday morning and ends with a final showcase concert on Friday evening. The camp is designed for students who are currently enrolled in middle or high school and have a minimum of two years of playing experience. Seniors who have recently graduated are also welcome to attend. The activities of the camp include string orchestra, chamber group coaching, and private lessons. Each day, there will be brown bag performances by TU faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists in the lobby of the Lorton Performance Center, providing a relaxing break and an opportunity to connect with the faculty and other students. All the concerts are free and open to the public.

Learn more here.

Summer Piano Camp 2024

Are you an intermediate to advanced level piano student in grades 9-12? Then you don’t want to miss out on the University of Tulsa’s summer piano camp! This five-day program, held from June 3-7, offers you the chance to work with TU piano faculty and attend seminars, workshops, and presentations designed to equip you with the necessary skills for a career in music or to simply enhance your life through music performance and informed listening.

As if that weren’t enough, the camp will also feature a guest artist. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with other student musicians, as well as watch performances by TU faculty, students, and alumni. But don’t worry if you’re not in grades 9-12; students younger than 9th grade can also apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Don’t miss the chance to take your piano skills to the next level and connect with other passionate musicians. Apply now to the University of Tulsa’s summer piano camp!