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International Conference: Can biography survive?

June 30th, 2012 | Posted by administrator in Discussion | Events - (0 Comments)

Start: July 3, 2012                                          Venue: University of Southampton
End: July 4, 2012                                            Address: United Kingdom


The conference is currently being planned, and suggestions – including offers of papers – are welcome. Further details are to follow.

Symposium 2

December 20th, 2011 | Posted by administrator in Events - (0 Comments)

Start: December 20, 2011                                                 Venue:    University of Nottingham

                                                                                                 Address: United Kingdom


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10.00 Introduction
Prof. Alex Danchev (Nottingham), chair

10.15-11.00 Session 1
Ion Trewin (Nottingham): Biography – the commercial dimension

11.00-11.15 COFFEE

11.15-12.00 Session 2
Miranda Seymour: Reflections of a freelance biographer

12.00-12.45 Session 3
Prof. John Charmley (UEA): : “You’ll never get a Chair if you continue to write
biographies.” The challenges of biography for an academic.

12.45-2.00 LUNCH

2.00-2.45 Session 4
Dr Lawrence Goldman (Oxford): Biography in the digital era

2.45-3.30 Session 5
Prof. Ray Monk: Is there still a place for biography within the academy?

3.30-3.45 TEA

3.45-4.30 Session 6
The symposium speakers: panel discussion

Download Edinburgh Symposium Podcasts

November 11th, 2011 | Posted by administrator in Discussion - (0 Comments)

Following on from Ray Monk’s summary of the Edinburgh Symposium, here are podcasts of the individual presentations and follow up discussion [regrettably the final, overall discussion was not recorded as a consequence of technical malfunction]. No doubt contributors’ remarks will prompt further discussion on this site…

Ray Monk – Introduction

Max Saunders – Biography and Modernism

June Hannam – Biography, Feminism, and History

Geoffrey Cantor – Psychobiography and Science

Liz Stanley – Ex Africa…

Kathryn Hughes – Biography and the Reality Principle

Symposium 1

June 12th, 2011 | Posted by administrator in Events - (0 Comments)

Start: July 1, 2011                                                                 Venue: University of Edinburgh
                                                                                                  Address:  United Kingdom

 

Challenges to biography from prevailing intellectual currents.

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10.00 Introduction
Prof. Ray Monk, chair

10.15-11.00 Session 1
Prof. Max Saunders (King’s, London): Biography and modernism

11.00-11.15 COFFEE

11.15-12.00 Session 2
Prof. June Hannam (West of England): Biography, feminism and history

12.00-12.45 Session 3
Prof. Geoffrey Cantor (Leeds): Psychobiography and science

12.45-2.00 LUNCH

2.00-2.45 Session 4
Prof. Liz Stanley (Edinburgh): Biography and epistolarity

2.45-3.30 Session 5
Prof. Kathryn Hughes (East Anglia): Biography and the Reality Principle

3.30-3.45 TEA

3.45-4.30 Session 6
The symposium speakers: panel discussion