UPDATE: Life Writing Conference (UK) (3/30/07; 7/4/07-7/6/07)

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Update: Life Writing Conference (UK) (3/30/07; 7/4/07-7/6/07)

The Spirit of the Age:
Debating the Past, Present and Future of Life Writing

4-6 July 2007, Kingston University London

Call for Papers

Speakers to include: Neal Ascherson, Rachel Cusk, John Fuegi, Victoria
Glendinning, Kathryn Hughes, Hanif Kureishi, Annette Kobak, Blake
Morrison, Virginia Nicholson, Hilary Spurling, Roberta Taylor and Claire

This, the first international interdisciplinary Conference on the
Writing of Lives to be hosted jointly by the new Life Narratives
Research Centre and the Faculties of Art and Social Science, and Art,
Design and Architecture at Kingston University, aims to invite debate
across these disciplines on the particular issues that have surrounded
the writing of lives in the past, and to foster discussion on the
challenges and opportunities facing such endeavours today and tomorrow.
Hegel famously suggested, "the great man of the age is the one who can
put into words the will of his age, tell his age what its will is and
accomplish it. What he does is the heart and the essence of his age, he
actualises his age".

The Spirit of the Age conference is seeking to
bring about interdisciplinary discussions and debates around the notion
of Hegel's model of the making of an age by calling for papers from
academics and practitioners working on life writing in any area of the
arts or the academy on the topics listed below.

* Life Writing that defines an Age
* Marginal Lives and Historical Revision
* Witness/Survivor Memoirs
* Writing Lives in the Arts
* The Author as Subject: Writing Literary Lives
* Group Work: Writing on Multiple Subjects
* Writing Political Lives
* Short Lives/The Obituary
* Objects as Subjects: Writing Lives of the Material World

Proposals for panels, papers, workshops, round tables, film and
interview presentations by practitioners and researchers should be
submitted as abstracts of up to 300 words by Friday 30th March 2007 to:

Penny Tribe,
'Spirit of the Age' Abstracts Administrator,
Kingston University,
Faculty of Art and Social Sciences
Penrhyn Road Kingston
Tel: +44 (0)208 547 2000

Email: fass-conferences_at_kingston.ac.uk

Abstracts can also be submitted via our online form at:

Conference Organisers: Dr Meg Jensen, Dr Jane Jordan and Professor Brian

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