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Symposium Unhinging the national framework: New developments in transnational life-writing
VU University, Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
9 December 2016
Scholars from various disciplines will present their research on the lives of men and women whose work and networks questioned and transgressed 20th-century's national boundaries. Jointly the senior and junior researchers will show how these life-stories add new, transnational perspectives to the entangled histories of the 20th century, and may work as leverage instruments to unhinge methodological nationalism and colonial determinism.
Keynote address by prof.dr. Mineke Bosch on 'Transnational encounters: crucial moments in scientists' identities/biographies'.
Papers by Lonneke Geerlings, Rebecca van Raamsdonk, Edy Seriese, Marleen Rensen and Bettine Siertsema.
Attendance is free of charge, but please register with: Babs Boter, b.boter@vu.nl.

Modern Biographers Popularity Survey
The interdisciplinary seminar of the Biography Society launches a Modern Biographers Popularity Survey as part of an investigation to determine which modern biographers are the most well-known, in the United Kingdom, in the United States of America, and in France. Would you please take a few minutes of your precious time to express your opinion and forward the link to your relevant networks? A synthesis of the results will be issued in due time.
Survey
Contact: info@biographysociety.org

IABA Europe 2017: Life Writing, Europe, and New Media
King's College London (UK)
7-9 June 2017
CfP deadline: 31 January 2017

The Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London and the European Research Council- Funded ‘Ego-Media’ project are delighted to be hosting the IABA Europe conference in London from the 7th-9th June 2017. The conference will highlight digital and new media. Changes in technologies of information and communication affect our everyday lives, research and teaching: key questions for the conference will be how new media have transformed both lives and life writing. We hope scholars working on other topics and earlier times will find it interesting to explore the transformations the digital is effecting in their fields. We also welcome contributions where the emphasis falls on other concerns of particular urgency for the IABA community – for example conflict, displacement, migration and refugees; women’s lives; LGBT+ lives; issues of national and European identities.
Topics may include, but need not be confined to, the following:
Diaries, blogs, vlogs
The digital everyday
Digital and literary forms
Digital arts and life writing
Social Media platforms
Migrants’ and refugees’ stories
Citizenship and the digital
Life (writing) after Brexit
Space, place and virtuality/the local and the global
Digital identities
European identities
Archives
Multimedia lives
Digital natures
Health, well-being and the digital self
The networked self
Sharing, Liking, and digital agency
Digitised lives
Future lives
Digital violence
Online abuse/trolling
Women’s writing
Trauma
Crossings
digital activism and advocacy
methodologies and histories
audiences and reading practices
digital language and languages
online sociolinguistics
digital aesthetics and affects
technology and metaphor: digital metaphors we live by
performing lives
virtual creativity
online (dis)embodiment and (im)materiality
pedagogy
pre-digital media -- cinema, television, print or manuscript
economy, austerity, and the digital
big data /the quantified self
forms of play
We are also planning to include workshops in which life writing projects or groups can present their work.
Proposals are encouraged including participation by creative practitioners. Proposals for panels and alternative formats are also welcome. Indeed, we very much want to vary the pattern from groups of 20-minute papers. If you’d be interested in participating in something like a ‘lightning round’ let us know what topic(s) you’d most like to speak about.
Please send proposals to: iaba2017@kcl.ac.uk by 31 January 2017
Clare Brant and Max Saunders, on behalf of the IABA-Europe 2017 Organising Committee