Carla Kaplan: King’s College Lecture ‘Something to Offend Everyone’: The Muckraking Life of Jessica Mitford.

Save the date:  Carla Kaplan will be giving the following lecture at the Centre for Life-Writing Research – King’s College, London on Friday 4th November 2016.



Carla Kaplan presents

‘Something to Offend Everyone’: The Muckraking Life of Jessica Mitford.

'Something to Offend Everyone'
4 November 2016 (18:30-20:00)
Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K.6.29)
Strand Campus

Hans Renders on Life-Writing: Interview for Journal of Life-Writing Studies – Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Journal of Life-Writing Studies – Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No.6, Spring 2016.


“Hans Renders presents a new look in the area of Life Writing Studies in China. In the Chinese academia, there have been few scholarships on European life studies; there have been unproportionate historians among the practitioners, a body that is built up mostly by literary scholars. For both reasons Professor Hans Renders’s view on biography and the development of life writing studies in Holland is valuable to the Chinese scholars. Our email interview with Hans Renders took place in October, 2015…”

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Hans Renders is Professor in History and Theory of biography and is Director of the Biography Institute, both at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He was a member of the founding committee of Biographers International Organization (bio). He wrote two biographies, about the Dutch poet Jan Hanlo (1998) and the Dutch journalist and author Jan Campert (2004). He is editor of the Biographical Studies series and the editor in chief of a series of edited reprints of Dutch and foreign biographies. He has published studies on the theme of biography in various international journals, among them Journal of Historical Biography, Le Temps des Medias and Storia della Storiografia, and is a member of the board of Quaerendo, a journal devoted to manuscripts and printed books. He published with Binne de Haan the edited volume Theoretical Discussions of Biography: Approaches from History, Microhistory, and Life Writing (2014). He is co-founder and Vice-president of the Société de Biographie/Biography Society, and a member of the jury for the American biography prize, the Plutarch Award (source: Journal of Life-Writing Studies).

Biography Institute Newsletter October 2016

Please find below the latest newsletter from the Biography Institute – University of Groningen.

Newsletter Biography Institute
October 2016

Eva Rovers presents biography Boudewijn Büch
Eva Rovers was permitted exclusively to investigate Büch’s personal archive. She interviewed more than 150 relatives of the author. Her research became a journey through a life that was equally improbable as caleidoscopic; a life that was transformed by Büch into a literary game of fact and fiction, performed until its utmost consequences, culminating into a grand final, years after his death.
The presentation will take place on sunday 13 November, 16:00-17.30hrs at the Oude Lutherse Kerk, Amsterdam (Singel 411, Spui corner). It will begin at 16:00 hrs with a welcoming speech by Mai Spijkers, director of Prometheus publishers. Reservation could be done here.

Nigel Hamilton will visit Geschiedenis Festival
At the Geschiedenis Festival (History Festival) at the Philharmonie in Haarlem on 8 October, Hans Renders will have a discussion with Nigel Hamilton on his latest book Roosevelt vs. Churchill. Earlier that day (15.45 hrs) Bas Kromhout, Hans Renders and Robin te Slaa will debate under supervision of Ad van Liempt on the border between right and wrong in the press during World War II.
The website of the festival will provide more information on thedebate and the discussion with Hamilton.

Publication The Biographical Turn
In September the volume The Biographical Turn: Lives in history, edited by Hans Renders, Binne de Haan and Jonne Harmsma, will be published by Routledge. The volume counts 16 chapters in which the ‘biographical turn’ is being studied from the perspective of various topics and research fields in the humanities. The authors of the volume are Debby Applegate, Enny de Bruijn, Sjoerd van Faassen, Binne de Haan, Nigel Hamilton, Jonne Harmsma, Craig Howes, Christian Klein, Lindie Koorts, Sabina Loriga, Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon, Joanny Moulin, Hans Renders, Carl Rollyson en Kaarle Wirta.
For a 20% discount, please use the following link.

Thesis Nigel Hamilton translated into Dutch
The trade edition of Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill (translated as: Roosevelt vs. Churchill: Bevelhebbers in oorlog – 1943) was presented on 2 May in Amsterdam, featuring a lecture by and interview with Nigel Hamilton. The evening was organized by the John Adams Institute. The Historisch Nieuwsblad was given the opportunity to publish the Dutch edition of a book by Hamilton, before the English edition was presented. The American trade edition was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

More information can be found on the
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“Seminaire Biographie”: Visiting Pr HANS RENDERS at Aix-Marseille Université (17 OCT. – 16 NOV. 2016)



Hans Renders is Professor of History and Theory of Biography and Director of the Biography Institute (University of Groningen). He is also co-founder and Vice President of the Biography Society.

The Biographical Turn, Lives in History (Routledge 2016)


Maison de la Recherche – salle 2.44 – 17h – 19h

19 October 2016

The Changing Reputation of Genres: 

Autobiography, Memoires and Biography

(Lecture:  LERMA doctoral students and Master ACMA students)

20 October 2016

“The Biographer, The Publisher, The Press and the Market”

(“Séminaire Biographie”)

26 October 2016

The Challenge of Life Writing” 

(“Séminaire Biographie”)

8 November 2016

“L’Etat de l’art en études biographiques : le tournant biographique

(Conférence de l’École doctorale 354)

10 November 2016

“The Rule of Biography in Public Life

(“Séminaire Biographie”)


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Séminaire Biographie: Conférence François Dosse

(English below)

François Dosse

Mercredi 16 novembre –  17h-19h

Maison de la Recherche

Site Schuman – Aix-en-Provence


François Dosse est un historien et épistémologue française, spécialiste en histoire intellectuelle. Fondateur de la revue Espace Temps, théoricien de la biographie, il est entre autres le biographe de Paul Ricoeur, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari, Pierre Nora et Cornelius Castoriadis. Cette conférence qu’il offre à la Société de Biographie tracera l’état de l’art dans le domaine des études biographiques.

François Dosse is a historian and epistemologist, specialising in the history of thought. He founded the journal entitled Espace Temps and is a theorist of biography. He has written the biographies of Paul Ricoeur, Michel de Certeau, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Pierre Nora and Cornelius Castoriadis, and others. This conference concerns the state of the art in biographical studies.

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  • Histoire du structuralisme. Tome 2 : Le chant du cygne, Paris, La Découverte, 1992.
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  • L’Empire du sens. L’humanisation des sciences humaines, Paris, La Découverte, 1995.
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  • Paul Ricœur, Michel de Certeau. Entre le dire et le faire, Paris, Cahiers de l’Herne, 2006.
  • Paul Ricœur et les sciences humaines, Paris, La Découverte, 2007.
  • Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari, biographie croisée, Paris, La Découverte, 2007.
  • Historicités, codirigé par Christian Delacroix et Patrick Garcia, Paris, La Découverte, 2009.
  • Renaissance de l’événement, Paris, PUF, coll. « Le nœud gordien », 2010.
  • Pierre Nora. Homo Historicus, Paris, Perrin, 2011.
  • Une vie, Paris, La Découverte. 2014.
  • Les hommes de l’ombre : Portraits d’éditeurs, Paris: Perrin, 2014.