CFP: The Theory and Practice of Life Writing: Auto/biography, Memoir and Travel Writing in Post/modern Literature (Turkey) (2/20

full name / name of organization: 
Oya Berk - Halic Univ.
contact email: 
halic2006@yahoo.com

CFP: The Theory and Practice of Life Writing:
Auto/biography, Memoir and Travel Writing in
Post/modern Literature (Turkey) (2/20/06;
4/19/06-4/21/06)
 
We are inviting 20-minute papers for a symposium to be
held by Halic University in Istanbul, Turkey, 19-21
April 2006 on the subject of the modern self in and as
writing.

What does it mean to transform the self – or oneself –
into writing in a modern or postmodern world? This
symposium will focus on the theory and practice of
auto/biographical writing from the end of the 19th
century until today, and on its many genres and
sub-genres; from memoirs to family histories to
travelogues. Along the way, some of the following
questions may be addressed: How do auto/biographies
reflect cultural differences? What are the strategies
employed by authors to turn their lives into
narrative? Is there an ethics of auto/biography? Is
all writing in some sense autobiographical?
 
Additional sub-genres and topics may include:
-Auto/biography and gender studies
-Ethnic auto/biography
-Auto/biographical novel/poetry/drama
-Disability/disease auto/biography
-The (in)significance of the body in auto/biographies
-Concepts of nationhood and history in auto/biography,
memoirs and travelogues
-Creation of cultural and/or collective memory through
life writing
-Film as auto/biography
-Use of photograph and other media in auto/biography
-Exile and diaspora
-Childhood
-Postcolonial auto/biography
-Auto/biography and psychoanalytic theory

Selected contributors will be invited to expand their
papers into essays to be published in a collection.

More information / abstract submission (one-page
abstract of your paper and a brief curriculum vitae by
20 February 2006):
halic2006_at_yahoo.com

We are looking forward to your proposals and hope to
see you here in Istanbul.

The Organizing Committee
Halic University
Department of American Culture and Literature
Istanbul, Turkey

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cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches