SNS Roundtable: Interdisciplinary (2019)

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 “Collaboration” roundtable series, the SNS team continues to be intrigued by what it means to work in a field that is inherently relational — what commitments it demands, the kinds of opportunities it encapsulates, and the challenges those create. The interdisciplinary nature of our field is a requirement for scholars and practitioners who explore multifaceted subject-matters as selfhood, identity, truth, memory, and the processes by which life stories are conceived, constructed, and consumed. This interdisciplinarity emerges, in part, from the intellectual and ethical traditions that have shaped our field as one situated at the intersections of scholarship, creative practice, and political activism. Additionally, it responds to contemporary academic cultures which value multiplicity, versatility, and experimentation. It is easy to take for granted the freedom that comes with being part of an interdisciplinary field. But our field has been demanding that we remain attuned to the ethical stakes and political efficacies that are embedded in modes of working across and between categories. Interdisciplinarity is intended as an inclusive practice: it values different ways of approaching the same problem and is invested in producing knowledge between sites. But inhabiting such spaces of transition, we must ask: what are unexplored spaces that we have yet to open up?

For our 2019-2020 Roundtable Series, we focus on auto/biography studies as an interdisciplinary field, commencing with the Americas and Europe chapter conferences.

Each session has 4-6 panelists and a moderator. Participants include students, emerging or established scholars, activists, and practitioners, and an SNS representative serving as moderator. Each panelist gives a 5-minute presentation, and a 45-60-minute moderated discussion follows.

IABA Americas: June 13-15, 2019

The launch of our Interdisciplinary series is taking place on June 13, 2019 (4-5:30PM) at “Lives in Transition” (University of West Indies, Mona)

Panel members:
Manoela dos Anjos Afonso Rodrigues (Federal University of Goias)
Patricia Magazoni Gonçalves (University of Ottawa)
David Ng (University of British Columbia)
Krista Roberts (Illinois State University)

Panel moderator:
Valerie O’Brien (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

See panel abstracts and speaker bios.

IABA Europe: June 19-21, 2019 Knowing the Self

Panel members:
Marika Ahonen (University of Turku)
Tanny Dobbelaar
(University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Ana Belén Martínez García  (University of Navarra)
Sanita Reinsone
 (University of Latvia)
Agnieszka Wieckiewicz (University of Warsaw, Sorbonne University)

Panel moderator:
Olga Michael 
(University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus)

See panel abstracts and speaker bios.

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