The Textualities of Auto/Biography: or, the Auto/biogrAfrical
19 – 20 October 2017
A Colloquium Hosted by the English Department, Stellenbosch University
at The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study http://stias.ac.za/
In recognition of its expertise in the broad field of life studies, the English Department of Stellenbosch University has been mandated by the International Auto/Biography Association to found the official Africa Chapter. To celebrate, on 19 – 20 October 2017 the department will host a regional colloquium, at which the “Plenary Address on Textual Lives” will be given by Ricia Chansky (University of Puerto Rico), co-editor of the journal a/b Auto/Biography Studies.
We are inviting selected participants to present at the event, in two categories:
1. 20 minute conference papers in the familiar format on the textualities of a/b in relation to Africa and the world. Possible topics include: creative lives, queering a/b, lives in crisis, self-inscription, (re)viewing cinematic selves, lives revealed/concealed, the art of/art as ‘life writing’, migrants’ and refugees’ stories, citizenship and identity, life (writing) in question, genders and genres, public lives, marginal/liminal lives, autographics, virtual/digital/online identities (selfies, vlogs, blogs, avatars, chats), a/b as ethic/aesthetic, memory, remembering, archives, a/b: foundations, transformations, futures.
2. 7 minute ‘a/b re-mXd’ lightning round sessions which riff on a concept or phrase so as to place Africanness and auto/biography in conversation. For example: ‘self’, ‘inventive’, ‘documentary’, ‘re-telling’, ‘celebrity’, ‘anonymity’, ‘selfie’, ‘queer’, ‘medium’, ‘memory’, ‘this body/politic’, ‘first person plural’, ‘otherwise’, ‘trans’…. You could also offer a creative performance – visual, sonic, kinetic.
We hope that you will join us to mark the inauguration of the Africa Chapter of the IABA, and to discuss future collaborative opportunities.
Send a 200-word abstract for consideration if you wish to give a paper, or an abstract of about 50 words if you’re keen on contributing to a re-mXd session. All respondents should also provide a 50-word biography.
The cost of registration, teas and luncheons is covered for all participants.