Beyond the Subject. Vienna Conference Papers

Beyond the Subject. New Developments in Life Writing

  • Tobias Heinrich Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Vienna
  • Monica Soeting VU University Amsterdam

Abstract

Following two successful conferences in Amsterdam in 2009 and in Tallinn in 2011, the third IABA Europe biennial conference, held from 31 October to 3 November 2013 in Vienna and hosted by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography, was entitled “Beyond the Subject. New Developments in Life Writing” and aimed at bridging the gap between historical forms of life writing and the most recent medial transformations in the genre of life writing, like personal websites, blogs and social networks as new spaces in the autobiographical public sphere. At the same time, the conference focused on auto/biographical practices that consciously undermine the traditional Western concept of the subject and develop alternative models of life writing.

After the conference, participants were invited to submit articles based on their papers presented at the 2013 IABA Europe conference, to be published in the European Journal of Life Writing. In this section of the journal you will find more samples of the different topics that were addressed during the conference; the first six articles based on papers presented at the conference can be found in Volume III of the Journal.

 

This article was submitted in December 2014 and published on 16 March 2015.

Author Biographies

Tobias Heinrich, Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Biographie, Vienna
Tobias Heinrich is Deputy Director at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography. His research focuses on eighteenth-century culture and the development of modern biography as well as the current trends in digital biography. He has published on the German authors Johann Gottfried Herder, Alexander Kluge and has participated in writing a collective biography of Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Tobias Heinrich is editor of the European Journal of Life Writing.
Monica Soeting, VU University Amsterdam
Monica Soeting is co-founder of the European section of the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) and Journal Manager of the European Journal of Life Writing.
Published
2015-03-16
Section
Beyond the Subject. Vienna Conference Papers