SNS Roundtable: Collaboration (2017-2018)

Each bi-annual cycle IABA SNS hosts a series of roundtable events at regional and global IABA conferences. The series invites emerging or established scholars, activists, and practitioners to engage in a key-word-based multi-disciplinary discussion. Participants share a 5-minute presentation that takes up the keyword from a theoretical, methodological, creative, pedagogic, or political perspectives.

Following the success of “Unsettle,” SNS centred our second roundtable event around the notion of “Collaboration.” The discussion series took place during the 2017 regional IABA events (Americas, Europe, and Asia-Pacific) and will culminate at the next IABA World conference in Brazil in 2018.

Each session has approximately five panelists and one moderator. Participants include students, emerging or established scholars, activists, and practitioners, and an SNS representative serving as moderator. Each panelist gives a five-minute presentation, and a 30-40-minute moderated discussion follows.

We chose “collaboration” because we believe it is a theoretical, methodological, and political concept that has been continuously and critically driving our field (as well as our network) forward. Taking up “collaboration” from critical perspectives pertaining to scholarly, pedagogical, and institutional lives, we believe this topic will produce conversations focused on:

  • Theorizing collaboration: what it means to work collaboratively across disciplines, mediums and locations; what we define as successful or failed collaborations;
  • Collaborative methods and practices: revisiting and developing collaborative processes and practices of writing, researching, teaching, and activism, including (but not limited to) ethical protocols; collaboration as political work;
  • Collaboration and/as care: working together as care within and beyond academia;
  • Collaboration and/as inclusion: exploring ways that collaborative methods and theories can create opportunities for radical inclusion (in all senses of the word).

IABA Americas: May 15-17, 2017

The launch of our Collaboration series took place on May 16, 2017 (5-6PM) at “Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas A Symposium in Honour of Marlene Kadar” (York University, Toronto)

Panel members:
Ally Day (University of Toledo)
Diana Meredith (Independent artist and writer)
Laura García de la Noceda Vazquez (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
Ricia Anne Chansky (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez)
Linda Warley (University of Waterloo)
Teresa Lenzi (Federal University of Rio Grande) and Cláudia Mariza Mattos Brandão (Federal University of Pelotas)

Panel moderator:
Orly Lael Netzer (University of Alberta)

See panel abstracts and speaker bios. Read a review of the roundtable by Amanda Spallacci.

IABA Europe: June 7-9, 2017

The second installation of our Collaboration series took place Wednesday, June 7th (11:30am-12:45pm) at “Life Writing, Europe and New Media” (King’s College, London)

Panel members:
Ana Belén Martínez García (University of Navarra)
Elsa Lechner (University of Coimbra)
Olga Michael (University of Central Lancashire) 

Panel moderator:
Emma Maguire (Flinders University)

See panel abstracts and speaker bios. Read Ana Horvat’s roundtable review.

IABA Asia Pacific: June 23, 2017

The third installation of our Collaboration series will take place Friday, June 23rd at “Life Narratives in Troubled Times” (Central Queensland University, Noosa Campus, Noosaville)

Panel members:
Bambi Ward (Central Queensland University)
Phillip Kavanagh (Independent playwright)

Panel moderators:
Emma Maguire (Flinders University) and Melanie Pryor (Flinders University)

See panel abstracts and speaker bios.

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