IABA World Conference 2020--Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future (9/30/2019; 6/9–12/2020) Turku, Finland
Call for Papers
IABA World Turku 2020
Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future
9–12 June 2020
SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory warmly welcomes proposals to the 12th IABA World Conference, which will be held at the University of Turku (Finland), June 9-12, 2020. Through the theme of Life-Writing: Imagining the Past, Present and Future, IABA World 2020 will explore the multiple temporalities shaping the dimensions of life storying and life writing research. Temporality impacts the writing and shaping of life narratives, as well as the ways in which we analyze life narrative documents. The temporal is at the core of how we understand the centuries-long histories of how the self is written about and the genealogy of life writing research. Temporality, however, does not mean only gazing to the past, but also understanding how the present moment and orientation to the future are visible in life writing and/or how history makes its presence known in different moments and spaces. The temporal approach also invites us to explore how the future is imagined in life narratives and to discuss our visions for the future of life writing studies.
The key notes of the conference are Jens Brockmeier, professor of psychology at The American University of Paris; Saidiya Hartman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University; and Finnish writer Sirpa Kähkönen.
This interdisciplinary conference encourages dialogues across boundaries of theory, methodology, genre, place, and time. The Conference invites not only traditional conference papers and panels, but also unconventional presentation formats, creative sessions, as well as artistic performances. We encourage cross-disciplinary and transnational contributions. Proposed works may consider life storying through themes including for example:
- Narrating and imagining life courses (for example childhood, youth, and aging in life writing)
- Ethics of storytelling
- Cultural memory and societal change
- Non-human life storying / Life writing in posthumanism
- Autobiography, diary, letters, and life writing in historical research
- The histories and futures of different genres of life writing
- Digital history and the future of biographical and prosopographical research
- Sensory and/or Emotive narratives
- Life storying in popular culture (music, film, theatre, games)
- Visual life narratives (photography, graphics, visual arts etc.)
- Hidden/forgotten lives vs. Public/celebrated lives
- Interrelations: Family and life writing
- Life storying migrations, displacements, and belongings
- Life writing illness and wellness / disability and ability
- Imagining futures in life narratives
- Life writing and artistic research
- The histories and futures of life writing studies across disciplinary boundaries
- Methods, genres, and definitions in life-writing/autobiographical/life story/ego-document research
We invite both 20 minute individual presentations and 90 minute full panel, roundtable, or workshop sessions (3-4 presenters, including Chair). We encourage proposed full sessions to be interdisciplinary and international. Creative sessions and performances can also be proposed and if you are uncertain about how to submit these, please contact the organizers: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference language is English.
All presenters must submit a max. 300 word abstract and a 150 word bio.
Please note: when you propose a full session all the presenters must submit their own abstract to the system and mention that it is part of XXX session.
Link to abstract submission:
Practicalities and schedule:
Deadline for proposals 30.9.2019
Notification of acceptance: 1.12.2019
Registration opens: 1.12.2019 / Early bird fee until: 29.2.2020 / Final registration by: 15.4.2020
The Conference Fee will be ca. 200/150 EUR (early bird), 250/200 EUR (the exact amount will be notified when the registration opens)
Information about publication plans:
The conference team will publish a special issue of Biography in conjunction with the 2020 IABA Turku. Information will be available on the conference website by August.
Conference organizer:SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, University of Turku