European Journal of Life Writing

Register

Announcements

 

Call for Papers—IABA Europe Conference 2019 Knowing the Self: Auto/Biographical Narratives and the History of Knowledge

 

June 19–21, 2019 UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID (SPAIN)

IABA Europe was founded in October 2009, with the aim of encouraging European scholars to participate in the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) by organizing biennial conferences, publishing an e-journal, and facilitating contacts via various means of communication. Following five successful conferences in Amsterdam (2009), Tallinn (2011), Vienna (2013), Funchal, Madeira (2015), and London (2017), the 2019 conference will be hosted by Complutense University, Madrid.

The sixth IABA Europe conference proposes to examine the interrelation between life writing and the history of knowledge. Insofar as all life writing is concerned with human self-understanding, it is necessarily entangled with diverse fields that produce knowledge about humans, whether the narration aims at rendering a seemingly given knowledge of the self or at acquiring it, at questioning it or at staging it. Any “knowledge of the self” is inscribed in a broader history—or histories—of knowledge. Yet, to which bodies of knowledge and which theoretical languages do auto/biographical narratives refer in order to gain or communicate a specific “knowledge” of the self? Which historically and culturally diverse fields of knowledge have contributed or are contributing to shaping ideas of “the self,” and how do these fields affect the modes of production, the forms and the rhetoric of life narratives? And vice versa: Which role do auto/biographical narratives play for knowledge production and the evolution of disciplines?
While certain fields of the humanities have been widely recognized for their importance for auto/biographical self-fashioning and self-exploration, such as historical and psychoanalytic hermeneutics, the conference encourages an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between auto/biographical writing and a wide range of fields of knowledge and of disciplines. At the same time, not least in view of the rapidly growing number of “expert autobiographies,” it aims at stimulating research on the role of life writing in the development and shaping of disciplines. On a further level, the conference aims at sparking methodological reflections on how to go about examining interrelations between life writing and the sciences or the humanities. Are connections to be described as a matter of influence, or can we identify epistemic currents that equally encompass autobiographical writing and the generation of knowledge, scientific, theoretical, or other? With which notion of knowledge do we and with which notion do the works studied operate? Especially with regard to autobiographies, this involves also the question: to what extent we are to distinguish between “subjective” autobiographical and “objective” theoretical writing—if at all. And how is the relation between autobiographical and theoretical writing negotiated by the narratives themselves? Do they confirm, subvert, blur or contest established distinctions between scientific facts, evidence-based knowledge and theoretical writing on the one hand, and individual self-observation and personal writing on the other? What is their “poetics of knowledge”?

 

 
Posted: 2018-11-23 More...
 
More Announcements...

Vol 7 (2018): EJLW

Table of Contents

Cher Philippe. A Festschrift for Philippe Lejeune

 
T.G. Ashplant, Clare Brant, Ioana Luca
CP1-CP8
Part I
Julia Watson
CP9-CP18
Paul John Eakin
CP19-CP24
Alfred Hornung
CP25-CP31
Craig Howes
CP32-CP38
Jeremy Popkin
CP39-CP44
Christa Hämmerle
CP45-CP50
Part II
Carole Allamand
CP51-CP56
Zoltán Z. Varga
CP57-CP65
Postcards nr. 1
T.G. Ashplant
CP66-CP78
G. Thomas Couser
CP79-CP84
Julie Rak
CP85-CP89
Arianne Baggerman, Rudolf Dekker
CP90-CP110
Part III
Regine Strätling
CP111-CP132
Leonieke Vermeer
CP133-CP150
Gergely Kunt
CP151-CP160
Pawel Rodak
CP161-CP169
Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle
CP170-CP175
Gillian Whitlock
CP176-CP182
Monica Soeting
CP183-CP199
Clare Brant
CP200-CP205
Postcards nr. 2

Articles

Helma Van Lierop
1-16
Marie-Theres Federhofer
17-33
Karin Strand
34-52
Samira Saramo
53-71
Valérie Baisnée
72-89
Guadalupe Adámez Castro
90-110

Teaching Life Writing Texts in Europe

Dennis Kersten, Anne-Marie Mreijen, Yvonne Delhey
TL1-TL2
Laurie McNeill
TL3-TL10
Sarah Herbe
TL11-TL14
Jane McVeigh
TL15-TL28
Marijke Huisman
TL29-TL43

Life Writing "from Below" in Europe

T.G. Ashplant
LWFB1-LWFB9
T. G. Ashplant
LWFB10-LWFB48
Anna Kuismin
LWFB49-LWFB66
Nathalie Ponsard
LWFB67-LWFB79
Martyn Lyons
LWFB80-LWFB87
Arianne Baggerman, Rudolf Dekker
LWFB88-LWFB112
Fabian Brändle
LWFB113-LWFB126

Creative Matters

Jane Wildgoose, Roelof Bakker
C1-C16

Reviews and Reports

Dennis Kersten
R1-R5
Clare Brant
R6-R8
Martyn Lyons
R9-R20
Jerome Boyd Maunsell
R21-R26
Patrick Hayes
R27-R31
Marijke Huisman
R32-R34
Anneke Ribberink
R35-R40