Life's Not Personal: A Creative – Critical Conference on Experimental Life Writing

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Midlands4Cities AHRC


There has always been a need to adapt and disrupt conventions to tell one’s story and now there are almost as many forms of life writing as there are different lives. The boundaries of representation are continually being pushed. ‘Life’s Not Personal: A Creative-Critical Conference on Experimental Life Writing’ seeks to explore these narratives from both theoretical and practice-based perspectives.

We are looking for papers that engage with novel modes of life writing, hybridity, marginal perspectives, and the ever-changing parameters of genre and privacy. Genres of interest include but are not limited to: autotheory, autofiction, lyric essays, graphic narratives, online representations of the self and hybrid forms. Papers can be based on any time period using exemplary works that attend to the conference themes.

We’re also looking for creative work that experiments with the ‘I’, plays with the form of life writing or offers a marginalised perspective on writing a life.  

Submitted papers will culminate in a creative-critical conference taking place online on Tuesday 26th July 2022. The day will feature an exciting mix of talks and performances, alongside inspiring keynotes, an interactive workshop and opportunities to connect and network. The conference is aimed at researchers and practitioners of all levels working within life-writing. It is being organised in collaboration with Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership and Arts and Humanities Research Council.

To participate, please send a 250-word abstract outlining your paper or creative piece and a 100-word biography to by Friday 15th April 2022.

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