Life writing organisations in Europe

Here you find an overview of research institutions, archives, networks and other organisations on (aspects of) life writing in Europe. You can view the list in alphabetical order, but you can also select organisations in a specific country or make a selection based on keywords.

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Found 23 organisations

1.

Actualité du Patrimoine Autobiographique aux Archives et Musée de la Littérature (APA-AML)

APA-AML (Actualité du Patrimoine Autobiographique aux Archives et Musée de la Littérature)est fondée en 2010. Les fonds d’archives: Les documents que les APA-AML recherchent pour leurs archives sont tous les types d’écrits dans lesquels le moi (l’ego, le sujet, le je) se raconte, s’exprime, s’analyse : les journaux intimes, les carnets de voyages, les carnets de détention pendant la guerre, les autobiographies, les mémoires, les correspondances, les autofictions, les récits de vie, les récits professionnels, les récits thérapeutiques, les journaux d’enfants, etc. Ces documents peuvent être portés par d’autres supports que le texte verbal écrit. Des voix, des images, des productions iconiques, qui ont une intention autobiographique, entrent dans ce patrimoine. Toute personne désireuse de conserver et de transmettre la mémoire de ce type de document, émanant d’elle-même ou d’un tiers, trouvera aux AML non seulement un endroit de conservation mais des lecteurs et des chercheurs désireux d’en garder la mémoire. La consultation de ce fonds est publique, dans la salle de lecture des AML, aux heures d’ouverture de la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique. Pour obtenir une liste du fonds APA-AML: entrez dans le catalogue Plume, tapez MLPA dans le champ "cote" puis appuyer sur le bouton : version imprimable de votre recherche. Activités: Le groupe de recherche et de lecture se réunit un lundi par mois. Il édite une revue de synthèse de ses travaux, le «Bulletin de liaison des groupes de lecture APA-AML (ISSN 2295-2217)». A lire en ligne ou commander la version papier sur le site

Address
County
Belgium
People to contact

Meurice, Francine, fmeurice@4email.org APA-AML

Keywords
life writing, network, research, collection

2.

Archive du patrimoine autobiographique Belgique (APA-BEL)

Address
Bibliothèque-Médiathèque Le Phare, 935-937 chaussée de Waterloo, 1180 Bruxelles
County
Belgium
People to contact
Keywords
collection, cultural heritage, life writing, Belgium

3.

Association pour l'autobiographie et le Patrimoine Autobiographique

Créée en 1992, la première fonction de l'APA est de contribuer à la préservation du patrimoine autobiographique. Elle accepte de recevoir et de lire tous les textes ou documents autobiographiques inédits qu'on veut bien lui envoyer. Elle a ainsi constitué un fonds, riche de près de 3000 dépôts inédits, et l'offre à la lecture à La Grenette, la médiathèque publique de la ville d'Ambérieu-en-Bugey. L’APA publie de nombreux documents: en particulier sa revue trisannuelle La Faute à Rousseau, dont chaque numéro est organisé autour d'un dossier ainsi que Les Cahiers de l'APA, réalisés par ses divers groupes locaux ou thématiques.

Address
La Grenette, 10 rue Amédée Bonnet, 01500 - Ambérieu-en-Bugey
County
France
Keywords
collection

4.

AvtobiografiЯ. Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture

This journal stems from the international research project 'Refractions of the Self: Forms and Genres of Autobiographies and Memoirs in Russian Culture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries', led by Claudia Criveller at Padua University.

Address
Padua University Press
County
Italy
People to contact

Andrea Gullotta, andrea.gullotta@unive.it Ca' Foscari University Venice

Keywords
life writing, Eastern Europe, journal, Russia, Italy

5.

BIO. Biographers International Organization

Biographer’s International Organization (BIO), a non-profit organization, was founded in May of 2010 to promote the art and craft of biography, and to further the professional interests of its practitioners. With your membership you will receive our popular monthly newsletter, The Biographer’s Craft, you will be linked to others who share your interest around the world as well as in your town, and you will get a discount to our well-attended annual conference.

Address
P.O. Box 33020, Santa Fe, NM 87594
County
United States
People to contact

Barbara Burkhardt,

Keywords
biography, network

6.

Center for Historical Culture

The Center for Historical Culture initiates, coordinates and produces academic research on historical culture. The term historical culture refers to various forms of historical understanding and relationships to the past, articulated by individuals, groups, institutes and large communities in a broad array of narratives, media, ideologies and attitudes. The Center also collaborates with museums, memorial centers, heritage institutes and educational institutes, by providing advice and stimulating reflection on practices of professional, disciplinary and public uses of the past.

Address
Erasmus University Rotterdam
County
The Netherlands
People to contact

Maria Grever, grever@eshcc.eur.nl Erasmus School of History, Culture & Communication

Marijke Huisman, m.huisman@eshcc.eur.nl Erasmus School of History, Culture & Communication

Keywords
cultural heritage, research, education, The Netherlands, memory

7.

Center for the Study of Egodocuments and History

The website of the Center for the Study of Egodocuments and History aims to promote the study of egodocuments in a historical context. The word 'egodocument' refers to autobiographical writing, such as memoirs, diaries, letters and travel accounts. The term was coined around 1955 by the historian Jacques Presser, who defined egodocuments as writings in which the 'I', the writer, is continuously present in the text as the writing and describing subject. The website presents inventories of Dutch egodocuments (manuscript and published) from the period 1500-1918, articles and information about different research projects of historians Rudolf Dekker and Arianne Baggerman.

Address
County
The Netherlands
People to contact

Arianne Baggerman, baggerman@eshcc.eur.nl Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication

Keywords
life writing, research, collection, The Netherlands

8.

Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Life history and life writing research uses life story - whether in the form of oral history, personal narrative, autobiography or biography - as a primary source for the study of history and culture. Life stories capture the relation between the individual and society, the local and the national, the past and present and the public and private experience. Research involves grappling with theories of memory, relationship and self representation, and with debates about literacy and orality. Many disciplines contribute to the field, including history, sociology, antropology, literary philosophy, cultural studies and psychology. Life history and life writing researchers present their work in many forms. as well as academic publications, we contribute to radio and television documentaries, auto/biographical drama, reminiscence work, digital and video presentations and exhibitions. Life history and life writing research is, of necessity, concerned with ethics and power relationships, and with the potential for advocacy and empowerment.

Address
University of Sussex, c/o Margaretta Jolly, Silverstone Building, Falmer BN1 9RG
County
United Kingdom
People to contact

Margaretta Jolly, m.jolly@sussex.ac.uk

Keywords
life writing, research

9.

Centre for Life-Writing Research, King’s College London

The Centre for Life-Writing Research, established in 2007, is an interdisciplinary research centre in the School of Arts & Humanities. It brings together King’s people researching different forms of life-writing. The Centre is committed to public and community engagement, especially through its flagship creative research project, Strandlines. It aims to draw on life-writing expertise, interests and resources in London. Beyond King’s, the Centre has developed working relationships with many local cultural organizations.

Address
c/o Arts & Humanities Research Institute, School of Arts & Humanities, King's College London, Strand
County
United Kingdom
People to contact

Professor Clare Brant, clare.brant@kcl.ac.uk

Professor Max Saunders, max.saunders@kcl.ac.uk

Keywords
research, education

10.

Centre for Narrative Research

The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) is the leading international centre for narrative work in the social sciences. CNR aims to generate and develop innovative narrative research of all kinds, and to bring narrative researchers from all over the world into productive dialogue.

Address
University of East London, School of Law and Social Sciences, Docklands Campus 4-6 University Way E1
County
United Kingdom
People to contact

Maria Tamboukou, m.tamboukou@uel.ac.uk

Keywords
education, research

11.

Estonian Literary Museum

The Estonian Literary Museum (ELM) is a national scientific and research institution administered by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research. Its task is to collect, preserve, study, and display the national cultural heritage of Estonia. According to its charter, the ELM is the central archive of Estonian literature and folklore. It consists of the following departments: The Archival Library (including The Bibliography Department); The Estonian Folklore Archives; The Estonian Cultural History Archives The Department of Ethnomusicology The Department of Folklore To accomplish its aims, the ELM organises collection campaigns, conferences, exhibitions and seminars. In its archives collected items are systematised and studied, and also made available to a broader circle of literary enthusiasts through publications, manuscripts, photos, catalogues, and electronic issues. The ELM functions as a public institution where anyone may use materials stored at the archives or order copies of items in public funds. The collection containing biographies of Estonians, regularly replenished through special collection campaigns, is growing at a rapid rate.

Address
Vanemuise Str. 42 51003 Tartu
County
Estonia
People to contact

Eve Annuk, eve@kirmus.ee Estonian Literary Museum

Leena Kurvet-Käosaar, lkk@ut.ee University of Tartu

Keywords
life writing, collection, cultural heritage, Estonia, Eastern Europe

12.

European Journal of Life Writing

The European Journal of Life Writing is an interdisciplinary journal, published by the European section of the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA Europe). The EJLW aims to provide a forum for work in the field of all forms of life narratives, with contributions ranging from conceptual to practical and creative work. The European Journal of Life Writing consists of volumes, not issues. At the end of each calendar year a summary of all published titles of that year will be issued.

Address
VU University, Amsterdam
County
The Netherlands
Keywords
life writing, journal, Europe, The Netherlands

13.

European Network on the Theory and Practice of Biography

The goal of the ENTPB is to create an international and interdisciplinary forum to allow reflection about theoretical and methodological problems regarding biographic writing and research.

Address
County
Spain
People to contact

Isabel Burdiel, isabel.burdiel@uv.es University of Valencia

Mónica Bolufer, Monica.Bolufer@uv.es Universitat de Valencia / Departament d'Història Moderna

Keywords
biography, network, research

14.

Expatriate Archive Centre

The Expatriate Archive Centre aims to collect, preserve, promote and make accessible a collection of primary source materials documenting the social history of expatriate life.

Address
Paramaribostraat 20, 2585 GN The Hague
County
The Netherlands
People to contact

Kristine Racina, director@xpatarchive.com Expatriate Archive Centre

Keywords
life writing, collection, migrants

15.

Life (beyond) writing: Illness narratives

This research project explores the social and cultural meanings of illness narratives and analyses their role and function in the literary, linguistic, and medical field. Thus, illness narratives will be approached from the three different disciplines, literary studies, linguistics, and medicine.

Address
Universität Basel
County
Switzerland
People to contact

Franziska Gygax, franziska.gygax@unibas.ch University of Basel

Keywords
life writing, research, illness, medicine, Switzerland

16.

Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography

The Institute was founded in April 2005 and comprises an international team of ten researchers. It is working on a methodological critique of modern biography and a theory of the genre of biography on the basis of insights from social theory, literary studies, philosophy, and gender theory. Alongside six academic biographies and a biographical handbook on exponents of Austrian modernism, several virtual biographies are in progress, in which digital forms of editing and presentation will be employed in the field of biography. The Institute is dedicated to dynamic and interdisciplinary research and is actively advancing the development of new, innovative forms of biographical practice.

Address
Porzellangasse 4/1/17, 1090 Vienna
County
Austria
People to contact
Keywords
biography, research, Austria

17.

Memória Project

A História faz-se também das histórias da vida privada, dos documentos que se guardam em caixas que o tempo faz amarelecer ou em memórias que os anos levam e inevitavelmente se perdem. O Projeto Memória (das histórias das gentes que fazem a História) tem, assim, como propósito primeiro, não deixar perder essas fontes que atribuem, muitas vezes, significado aos documentos oficiais que, tradicionalmente, são o objeto de estudo das Ciências Sociais e dão alma à História. Pretende-se assim, recolher, salvaguardar e estudar [com o devido respeito à privacidade das pessoas e das famílias] os conteúdos dos arquivos pessoais e familiares: cartas, postais, diários, fotografias, documentos avulsos. Pretende-se dar voz às memórias guardadas no fundo do peito, porque elas são fundamentais para entender a Memória coletiva de quem somos: são saudades molhada do sal de outros mares, segredos, cartas de chamada a preparar partidas, provas de vida do soldado que tinha ido lutar pela pátria, imagens de ausentes, palavras de quem, não está ou de quem ficou em casa, à espera. O CEHA pede, assim, a colaboração da comunidade, no sentido de disponibilizar esses documentos, de forma a que possam ser digitalizados, disponibilizados e estudados, com a garantia de que todas as vontades serão respeitadas, no sentido de apenas serem reveladas as informações autorizadas em documento próprio.

Address
Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico
County
Madeira
People to contact

Cláudia Faria, claudiamffaria@gmail.com Centro de Estudos de História do Atlântico

Keywords
cultural heritage, life writing, collection, Madeira

18.

Memory and Forgetting: Ruptures, Gaps, and National identity

A research project in collaboration with Daisy Neijmann. Sponsered by EDDA-Centre of Excellence. This project will explore the role of memory and forgetting in the construction of national identity and understanding of the present. Trauma and sites of memory have played a key role in the collective construction of national pasts. The moral function of history is to compel us to confront what we wish to leave behind: societies must provide cultural forms and occasions for remembering the past, in order to rework it for the future. This project will investigate how two different societies, Icelandic and Spanish, are beginning to deal with the consequences of gaps, ruptures, and silences in national memory in order to engage in societal reckoning in the wake of social crisis. The aim of the project is to demonstrate how memory and forgetting may help these societies come to terms with the past, by addressing questions of guilt and responsibility in order to achieve healing and unity, and how this process manifests itself in different textual media: testimonial, autobiographical and fictional.

Address
County
Iceland
People to contact

Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir, gunnth@hi.is University of Iceland

Keywords
cultural heritage, research, memory, Spain, Iceland

19.

Nederlands Dagboekarchief (NDA) / Dutch Diary Archive

Inspired by the Diary Archives in Germany and France, Mirjam Nieboer and Monica Soeting founded the Dutch Diary Archive in 2010, with the aim to preserve unpublished egodocuments of non-famous Dutch people and make these accessible for life writing research. Housed at the Meertens Institute for Research and Documentation of Dutch Language and Culture since February 2013, the NDA's collection comprises around 1000 pieces written by a hundred different diary and letter writers. All documents are read and catalogued by a group of more than twenty volunteers.

Address
PO Box 15282, 1001 MG Amsterdam
County
The Netherlands
People to contact

Monica Soeting, mf.soeting@let.vu.nl VU University

Monica Soeting, m.soeting@xs4all.nl

Monica Soeting, m.soeting@xs4all.nl

Keywords
cultural heritage, life writing, collection, diary

20.

New Books in Biography

New Books in Biography is part of The New Books Network, a consortium of podcasts dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to serious audiences. Oline Eaton is the host of the New Books in Biography podcast.

Address
County
United Kingdom
People to contact

Oline Eaton, oline.eaton@gmail.com King's College London

Keywords
biography, podcast

21.

Sammlung Frauennachlässe (Collection of Women's Personal Papers)

Die Sammlung Frauennachlässe wurde 1989 von Edith Saurer gegründet. Ziel ist es, auto/biografische Dokumente von Frauen, von Paaren, von Kindern und Verwandten, Freundinnen und Freunden der Frauen zu sammeln, systematisch zu ordnen, zu archivieren und für die wissenschaftliche Benutzung zugänglich zu machen. Aktuell sind in exakt 200 Beständen die Nachlässe oder Vorlässe von 330 Personen verzeichnet. Die Bestände sind teilweise sehr umfangreich und enthalten die verschiedensten Schriftstücke aus dem 19. und 20. Jahrhundert wie etwa Tagebücher, kalendarische Notizen, Haushaltsbücher, Korrespondenzen, Fotografien, amtliche Dokumente, Schulhefte, literarische Manuskripte bis hin zu kleinen Erinnerungsgegenständen.

Address
Sammlung Frauennachlässe, c/o Institut für Geschichte der Universität Wien, Universitätsring 1 (bis
County
Austria
People to contact
Keywords
cultural heritage, collection, women and gender

22.

Tijdschrift voor Biografie

Tijdschrift voor Biografie wil een breed, academisch geschoold publiek laten delen in de ontwikkelingen op het gebied van de biografie in al haar facetten. Behalve aan academische artikelen biedt het tijdschrift ruimte aan essays, journalistieke en literaire bijdragen, interviews en recensies van recent verschenen Nederlandse en buitenlandse publicaties op dit terrein,

Address
County
The Netherlands
People to contact

Jaap Bos, j.c.bos@uu.nl

Keywords
biography, journal, The Netherlands

23.

Women's Life Writing Network (WLN)

The Women's Life Writing Network aims: To create a cross-institutional, national and international community of women's life writing scholars and practitioners; To foster collaboration between researchers and practitioners of women's life writing across all career stages and disciplines; To advance research and debate on the issues surrounding the field through promoting conferences, symposia, etc.; To create a space for dialogue not accommodated for by listservs; To facilitate the exchange of focused information (lists of tertiary institutions who host life writing centres, news about conferences & publications, opportunities including grants and competitions); To raise awareness of the importance of women's contributions to the field of life writing.

Address
University of Cyprus
County
Cyprus
People to contact

Amy Prodromou, administrator@womenslifewriting.net University of Cyprus

Keywords
life writing, network, gender