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“Narrating Lives”: International Conference on Storytelling, (Auto)Biography and (Auto)Ethnography (International Online Conference)

Organization: London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research
Event: International Online Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, British, Lingustics, Genre & Form, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Rhetoric & Composition, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2021-08-28 to 2021-08-29 Abstract Due: 2021-06-20

“Narrating Lives”: International Conference on Storytelling, (Auto)Biography and (Auto)Ethnography
28-29 August 2021 - London/Online
organised online by

London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

Life-history approach occupies the central place in conducting and producing  (auto)biographical and (auto)ethnographic studies through the understanding of self, other, and culture. We construct and develop conceptions and practices by engaging with memory through narrative, in order to negotiate ambivalences and uncertainties of the world and to represent (often traumatic) experiences.

The “Narrating Lives” conference will focus on reading and interpreting (auto)biographical texts and methods across the humanities, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. It will analyse theoretical and practical approaches to life writing and the components of (auto)biographical acts, including memory, experience, identity, embodiment, space, and agency. We will attempt to identify key concerns and considerations that led to the development of the methods and to outline the purposes and ethics of (auto)biographical and (auto)ethnographic research.

We aim to explore a variety of techniques for gathering data on the self-from diaries to interviews to social media and to promote understanding of multicultural others, qualitative inquiry, and narrative writing.

Conference panels will be related, but not limited, to:

Life Narrative in Historical Perspective
Qualitative Research Methods
Oral History, Memory and Written Tradition
Journalism and Literary Studies
Creative Writing and Performing Arts
(Auto)Biographical Element in Film Studies, Media and Communication
Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Storytelling in Education
Ethics and Politics of Research

Submissions may be proposed in various formats, including:

Individually submitted papers (organised into panels by the committee)
Panels (3-4 individual papers)
Proposals should be sent by 20 June 2021 to: life-history@lcir.co.uk. Please download Paper proposal form.

Registration fee – 90 GBP