Announcements, Events

Life Narrative Futures: An International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) networking event for graduate students and early-career researchers 

Sponsored by the IABA SNS, and the IABA regional chapters

Friday 29th October, 2021 (Australian CST)

Call for Expressions of Interest

Deadline Sept. 3, 2021

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the IABA Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe chapter convenors, I am pleased to announce this on-line networking event aimed at linking graduate students and Early-Career-Researchers (ECRs) across the globe who are working on life narrative projects. 

In their special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies “What’s Next? The Futures of Auto/Biography Studies” (2017) Ricia Anne Chansky and Emily Hipchen aimed to give “established and emerging scholars from multiple disciplines the time and space to enter into lively discourse on our possible futures.” The result was an incredibly timely multivocal, interdisciplinary conversation about where we are heading as a discipline. 

Such conversations seem even more important now. 2020/2021 have been especially challenging periods for graduate students and ECRs. Travel restrictions have affected networking opportunities, and IABA would like to acknowledge this by organising this event aimed at supporting and celebrating emerging scholars.

Format: Via Zoom conferencing, graduate students/ECRs will be placed in small groups and will make short, informal presentations about their projects. Each group will also contain an established IABA scholar who will act as a mentor in offering feedback on the projects in their small group.

The event will be held virtually in an ‘around the world’ format with the aim of accommodating different time zones in an inclusive way.

To participate in this event, please make a submission of approximately one page as a Word doc including the following information:

  • Your name;
  • University, Department/Faculty affiliation;
  • 50-word bio;
  • Thesis or current project title;
  • Short abstract for your project;
  • Two-three challenges emerging from your research project/topic;
  • Questions /issues you would like to discuss with your fellow graduate students/ECRs.

Please make your submission to:

Deadline for Submissions, Sept. 3, 2021

Any questions, or for more information, please contact the organizers:

Kind Regards, Kate Douglas (Flinders University, Australia), 
on behalf of the IABA regional chapters and IABA SNS.
International Auto/Biography Association Worldwide

IABA Student and New Scholar Network (SNS); on Facebook:

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