CFP: Academic Autobiography and/in the Discourses of History (4/15/07; journal issue)

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Rocio G. Davis
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CFP: Academic Autobiography and/in the Discourses of History

Essays are sought for a special issue of _Rethinking History: The
Journal of Theory and Practice_ entitled
"Academic Autobiography and/in the Discourses of History." This special
issue will engage the current
paradigms of the debate on autobiographical writing by academics
(historians, literary critics, anthropologists,
and sociologists, among others) and analyze these in the
interdisciplinary context of the developing historical
consciousness of our age. Autobiographies by academics who have played
important public roles and whose
scholarship shaped the ways we think about disciplines, society,
culture, or politics—such as Eric Hobsbawm,
Clifford Geertz, Edward Said, Jill Conway, Ihab Hassan, among others—may
be explored as new approaches
to the discourses of history. We invite essays that propose new ways to
read these autobiographies and
analyze their discursive possibilities in the historical contexts in
which they were written.

Specific topics may include, but are not limited to: the academic as
author/historian; academic life writing
as history; academic autobiography and intellectual history; life
writing and the definitions of academic
disciplines; the intersection between private and public life in
academic autobiographies; academic
autobiography as a literary or historical genre.

500-word abstracts must be submitted to the editors of the special
issue, Jaume Aurell and
Rocío G. Davis, at ( before April 30, 2007.
Final papers will be due on November 15, 2007.

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