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CFP: Seminar on Biography at the ESSE Conference in Galway, 22 – 26 August 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS
Conference ESSE-13 in Galway (August 22-26, 2016)
Seminar: BIOGRAPHY

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Biographical Studies are emerging as a field of research in the humanities, at a crossroads between several disciplines. This seminar would welcome contributions to the study of biography as a genre, considering that it raises specific issues that distinguish it from autobiography. It would equally be interested in approaches to the practice of biography as a method of academic research, from microhistory to literature and cultural studies. For instance, individual papers may address theoretical questions, case studies of particular biographers’ works, the history and the poetics of biography, the impact of the biographical turn, the evolution of biographical dictionaries, or the innovative influences of the biopic and digital humanities.

Conveners :
Pr Joanny Moulin, Aix-Marseille University, joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr
Pr Hans Renders, University of Groningen, j.w.renders@rug.nl

An edited version of this abstract will appear in The European English Messenger and on the ESSE conference website (seminar S63).

Please note that paper proposals should be addressed to joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr and j.w.renders@rug.nl. The deadline for accepting paper proposals is March 10, 2016.

Biography Society workshop at the SAES Conference in Lyon – June 2016

 Last updated on 24/05/2016

The Biography Society will be taking part in the SAES conference (Société des Anglicistes de l’Enseignement Supérieur ), 2-4 June 2016 at Lyon III University .

Here are the CALL FOR PAPERS and PROGRAMME for our workshop:

Biography Studies: An Interdisciplinary Confluence

Since the end of the last century, a “biographical turn” has occurred in the Humanities, which, after several decades that have been dominated by the “death of the subject”, place the human individual once again at the heart of debates. The development of researches on autobiography and autofiction in literary studies, the methodology of life writing in the social sciences, have characterized the first phase of this movement. Today, Biography Studies appear as a dynamic emerging field, under way of theorization. Researchers in many countries and various disciplines turn to studying the hitherto underestimated genre of biography. Contemporary literature and cinema display a remarkable interest for biofiction and the biopic. In history, biography asserts itself as an innovating mode of historiography. Researchers of several disciplines are pulling together around the recently founded Biography Society (www.biographysociety.org), to animate this new research field and to contribute to its theorization.

Anglistics, as a multifarious discipline, is a vantage ground for Biography Studies, not only because of the importance of biography as a genre in English literature, from Izaak Walton and John Aubrey, to Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, to Thomas Carlyle, to Virginia Woolf, Giles Lytton Strachey and the authors of the New Biography, to the Oxford DNB, and the flourishing biographical productions in anglophone countries today; but also because Biography Studies constitute an interdisciplinary zone of confluence, properly speaking, at the crossroads of “civilisation“, literary and cinema studies, history and visual arts. Many French anglicistes are biographers in their own rights, others have developed the study of literary biography around Frédéric Regard, and new projects to study the biopic are in the offing.

This first workshop of The Biography Society is intended as a rallying call to English Studies scholars interested in Biographical Studies in one way or another: it welcomes contributions from researchers of various waters, confirmed academics or doctoral students. Papers can address the practice of biographical writing, offer theoretical reflections on biography, the biopic, biofiction, or biographical dictionaries, explore new biographical approaches to literature, or else propose analyses of remarkable biographers and biographical works in historiography, literature, cinema, or other media. Abstracts for papers focussing on the theme “confluences”, of no more than 300 words, should be addressed before 25 January 2016 to info@biographysociety.org

Conveners: Joanny Moulin (PR) joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr and Maryam Thirriard (PRCE, PhD student) maryam.thirriard@laposte.net.

Programme:

2  June – 3.30 – 6.30 Workshop I

3.30-4.00 – Antoine Capet ”Churchill et ses biographes”

4.00-4.30 – Olivier Frayssé (Paris 4) “Biographie et généalogie: les grands ancêtres: le cas d’Abraham Lincoln”

4.30-5.00 – Karyn Wilson Costa (Aix-Marseille): “Auguste Angellier’s Life of Robert Burns: an Indulgent Biography”

5.00-5.30 – Louis Roux (Saint-Étienne): “Ruth Scrurr: John Aubrey: My Own Life”

5.30-6.00 – Alice Braun (Paris Ouest Nanterre): “When Janet Frame’s biography and autobiography collide”

6.00 – 6.30 – Questions

3 June – 9.00 – 10.30 Workshop II

9.00-9.30 – Taïna Tuhkunen (Angers) : “A real life on a reel: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s biographical picture of Allen Ginsberg (Howl, 2010)”

9.30-10.00 – Delphine Letort (Le Mans) “Adapting and Reenacting the Past in the Political Biopic Selma

10.00-10.30 – Questions

4 June – 9.00 – 10.30 Workshop III

9.00-9.30 – Patricia Godi Tkatchouk (Clermont-Ferrand 2) : “Art and life, or aspects of the original integration of biography in feminist literary criticism to read women poets”

9.30-10.00 – Patrick Di Mascio (Aix-Marseille): “Americanizing Freud: John Huston’s Secret Passion”

10.00 – 10.30 – Questions

4 June – 11.00 – 12.30 Workshop IV

11.00-11.30 – Maryam Thirriard (Aix-Marseille): “Virginia Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Harold Nicolson, André Maurois and the ‘New Biography’: Zones of Confluence”

11.30-12.00 – Alex Tremblay (Aix-Marseille); “Lytton Strachey and Biography: The Oddity of True Interpretation”

12.00 – 12.30 – Questions

CFP : Biography Studies : An Interdisciplinary Confluence

 SAES conference, 2-4 June 2016 in Lyon
Université Jean Moulin – Lyon 3
Main theme: “Confluence(s)”

Proposition d’atelier au Congrès de la SAES, 2-4 juin 2016.

Biography Studies: An Interdisciplinary Confluence

Since the end of the last century, a “biographical turn” has occurred in the Humanities, which, after several decades that have been dominated by the “death of the subject”, place the human individual once again at the heart of debates. The development of researches on autobiography and autofiction in literary studies, the methodology of life writing in the social sciences, have characterized the first phase of this movement. Today, Biography Studies appear as a dynamic emerging field, under way of theorization. Researchers in many countries and various disciplines turn to studying the hitherto underestimated genre of biography. Contemporary literature and cinema display a remarkable interest for biofiction and the biopic. In history, biography asserts itself as an innovating mode of historiography. Researchers of several disciplines are pulling together around the recently founded Biography Society (www.biographysociety.org), to animate this new research field and to contribute to its theorization.

          Anglistics, as a multifarious discipline, is a vantage ground for Biography Studies, not only because of the importance of biography as a genre in English literature, from Izaak Walton and John Aubrey, to Samuel Johnson and James Boswell, to Thomas Carlyle, to Virginia Woolf, Giles Lytton Strachey and the authors of the New Biography, to the Oxford DNB, and the flourishing biographical productions in anglophone countries today; but also because Biography Studies constitute an interdisciplinary zone of confluence, properly speaking, at the crossroads of “civilisation“, literary and cinema studies, history and visual arts. Many French anglicistes are biographers in their own rights, others have developed the study of literary biography around Frédéric Regard, and new projects to study the biopic are in the offing.

          This first workshop of The Biography Society is intended as a rallying call to English Studies scholars interested in Biographical Studies in one way or another: it welcomes contributions from researchers of various waters, confirmed academics or doctoral students. Papers can address the practice of biographical writing, offer theoretical reflections on biography, the biopic, biofiction, or biographical dictionaries, explore new biographical approaches to literature, or else propose analyses of remarkable biographers and biographical works in historiography, literature, cinema, or other media. Abstracts for papers focussing on the theme “confluences”, of no more than 300 words, should be addressed before 25 January 2016 to info@biographysociety.org.

Conveners: Joanny Moulin (PR) joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr and Maryam Thirriard (PRCE, PhD student)  maryam.thirriard@laposte.net

CALL FOR PAPERS / APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS

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GREAT BIOGRAPHERS / GRANDS BIOGRAPHES

The Great Historical Figures in Art and Literature
Les grandes figures historiques dans les lettres et les arts
(ISSN 2261-0871)

GREAT BIOGRAPHERS

Considering biography as a genre demanding to be further studied in its own right, this journal issue will gather articles on remarkable biographers, who may be called “great” in the sense that their works constitute landmarks, or at least significant advancements in the history of biography. To steer clear of a timeworn debate, these papers will not pretend to decide whether biography belongs to literature or to history, or if it pertains to some other field of the humanities. They will simply consider biography per se, as a form of writing that has taken many different forms, but which does have a history as such, from the classic to the modern. In one sense, the very concept of “great biographers” points to that of a canon of biography, to which some obvious figures like Plutarch or Boswell, among many others, have an indisputable title to belong. A journal number on “Great Biographers” (necessarily without the article) can obviously not pretend to propose a Pantheon, but it could profitably concentrate on select examples of figures who stand out for the originality of their contributions to biography. These could also include, for instance, remarkable editors of biographical dictionaries, or filmmakers who have proposed innovative instances of biopic, or even “factographers” who have dared undertake “biographies of objects”, etc. This collection of articles should ideally reflect the proteiform variegatedness of biographical writing, thus contributing to interrogate fruitfully the very definition of biography as an object of research. In order to avoid any dispersion of purpose, biography is understood here as distinct from autobiography, which to all intents and purposes seems to go by very different generic principles.

The articles will be written either in English or in French. Abstracts, no longer than 500 words, should be sent before 31 December 2015 to Pr Joanny Moulin (LERMA EA 853, Aix-Marseille University) joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr & Pr. Hans Renders (Biography Institute, University of Groningen) j.w.renders@rug.nl

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GRANDS BIOGRAPHES

Considérant que la biographie demande à être étudiée plus avant en tant que genre littéraire, ce numéro de revue rassemblera des articles sur des biographes remarquables, ayant quelque titre à être appelés « grands biographes » dans la mesure où leurs œuvres constituent des jalons importants, ou à tout le moins des avancées significatives dans l’histoire de la biographie. Pour éviter un débat stérile, ces travaux laisseront la question de savoir si la biographie appartient à la littérature ou à l’histoire, ou si elle participe de quelque autre champ des humanités. Ils aborderont simplement la biographie en soi, comme une forme d’écriture qui a pris différentes formes, mais qui a aussi son histoire, de l’Antiquité à nos jours. En un sens, la notion même de « grands biographes » implique celle d’un canon de la biographie, auquel appartiennent indiscutablement certaines figures évidentes, comme Plutarque ou Boswell, parmi nombre d’autres. Toutefois, un numéro de revue ne saurait évidemment prétendre proposer un panthéon, mais il peut néanmoins se concentrer sur un nombre restreint de figures choisies, qui se distinguent par l’originalité de leurs contributions. Ce pourrait être également, par exemple, des éditeurs de dictionnaires biographiques, des réalisateurs de biopics innovants, ou bien encore certains de ces « factographes » qui ont osé proposer des biographies d’objets, etc. Ce recueil d’articles devrait idéalement refléter la variété protéiforme de l’écriture biographique, contribuant ainsi à interroger avec profit la définition même de la biographie comme objet de recherche. Pour éviter toute dispersion du propos, la biographie est comprise ici comme distincte de l’autobiographie, qui en tout état de cause semble obéir à des principes génériques différents.

Les articles seront rédigés en anglais ou en français. Les extraits, de moins de 500 mots, seront envoyés avant le 31 décembre 2015 au Pr Joanny Moulin (LERMA EA 853, Aix-Marseille University) joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr & au Pr. Hans Renders (Biography Institute, University of Groningen) j.w.renders@rug.nl.

Call for Papers

ESSE_GalwayCALL FOR PAPERS
Conference ESSE-13 in Galway (August 24-26, 2016)
Seminar: BIOGRAPHY

Last updated 13/02/2016


Biographical Studies are emerging as a field of research in the humanities, at a crossroads between several disciplines. This seminar would welcome contributions to the study of biography as a genre, considering that it raises specific issues that distinguish it from autobiography. It would equally be interested in approaches to the practice of biography as a method of academic research, from microhistory to literature and cultural studies. For instance, individual papers may address theoretical questions, case studies of particular biographers’ works, the history and the poetics of biography, the impact of the biographical turn, the evolution of biographical dictionaries, or the innovative influences of the biopic and digital humanities.

Conveners :
Pr Joanny Moulin, Aix-Marseille University, joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr
Pr Hans Renders, University of Groningen, j.w.renders@rug.nl

An edited version of this abstract will appear in The European English Messenger and on the ESSE conference website.

Please note that paper proposals should be addressed to joanny.moulin@univ-amu.fr and j.w.renders@rug.nl. The deadline for accepting paper proposals is February 28, 2016.