SNS Roundtable: Unsettle (2015-2016)

SNS hosted its first roundtable series at the 2015 IABA regional chapter conferences, with the discussions culminating at the 2016 “Excavating Lives” IABA World Conference in Cyprus.

We chose to focus on the term “unsettle,” as it is understood in the works of settler-scholars Roger Epp and Paulette Regan who address Indigenous-settler relations in Canada. Epp and Regan challenge non-indigenous people, including scholars, to name and transform the settler-colonizing cultures, policies, and legacies within their professional and personal practices.

The four organizers — Orly Lael Netzer, Seraphima Kennedy, Maria Faini, and Emma Maguire — decided that “unsettle” would be a productive departure point for troubling notions of location and identity as well as expanding possibilities for building new professional and personal relations within the field of life writing.
We have been inspired by our participants’ unique and generative approaches to the topic, and we are most grateful to the organizers of regional and global IABA conferences for accommodating our panels.

IABA Europe: May 29, 2015

The first instalment of our Unsettle series took place on May 29, 2015 (9:00-10:00am) at “Dialogical Dimensions of Narrating Lives and Life Writing” (Centre for Atlantic Studies, Madeira, Portugal).

Panel Members:
Seraphima Kennedy (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Katrin Den Elzen(Curtin University, Australia)
Melissa Schuh (Queen Mary University, London)
Panel Moderators:
G Thomas Couser (Hofstra University) and John David Zuern (University of Hawaii)
Visit the event page and review the complete program.

IABA Americas: June 6, 2015

The second installment of our Unsettle series took place on June 6, 2015 (10:30am-12:00pm) at “Encounters Across the Americas: Archives, Technologies, Methods” (Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).
Panel members:
Bethany Ober Mannon (Penn State University),
Emily Johnston (University of Michigan),
Liz Rodrigues (University of Michigan),
Sarah Brophy (McMaster University), and
Eva Karpinsky (York University)
Panel moderators:
Maria Faini (University of California, Berkeley) and Orly Lael Netzer (University of Alberta)
See panel abstracts and speaker bios, and read our review of the roundtable.

IABA Asia Pacific: December 1-3, 2015

The third instalment of our Unsettle series took place on December 3, 2015 at “Locating Lives” (Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia).
Panel members:
Pamela Graham (Flinders University)
Daniella Trimboli (University of Melbourne)
Kate Douglas (Flinders University)
Anna Poletti (Monash University)
Panel moderator:
Emma Maguire (Flinders University)
Review the complete program, including panel abstracts. Read Emma Maguire’s review of the conference and the European Journal of Life Writing‘s Conference Report.

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