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Call for papers

IABA 2016

The tenth IABA World conference, "Excavating Lives," will be held at the University of Cyprus.

The conference organisers welcome proposals on any topic related to discovery and the absent, hidden or veiled life.  In what ways do life writers unearth the past? How are lives layered, erased, replaced, and/or preserved? And how has life writing changed over time to make room for new definitions?

In Nicosia, the only divided capital in the world, and on an island with a cultural landscape involving hundreds of archaeological sites, we consider life writing within the context of liminal spaces, borders, and hidden places. 

Join us in Cyprus as we consider lives in an archealogical context, across political and social divides, in a country whose rich history has been shaped by conflict and resolution, trauma and healing, forgetting and remembering.

We welcome abstracts from all fields across the humanities as well as papers and presentations from creative writers / arts' practitioners.

"Lightning rounds” on specific one-word concepts or topics, with six participants, may also be proposed; each presentation should not exceed five-seven minutes.

Please note: Panels will be organised in "Streams". Please include your preferred stream name and number when submitting your abstract. For example, subject line should read "IABA 2016 Abstract Submission - Stream 2: Recorded Lives."


Stream 1: Lives (Dis)closed/Revealed
Stream 2: Recorded Lives (Biography and Memoir)
Stream 3: Personal and Public Lives
Stream 4: Remembered Lives
Stream 5: Lives in Crisis
Steam 6: Multimediated/Digital Lives
Stream 7: Lives on the Border
Stream 8: Ecological Lives  
Stream 9: Pedagogical Lives
Stream 10: Postcolonial Lives
Stream 11: Queer Lives
Stream 12: Other – Please specify

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent as email attachments to amypro@ucy.ac.cy by October 31, 2015.  

 Confirmed Keynotes:
Alfred Hornung
Fethiye Çetin
Julie Rak (University of Alberta)

Guest Readers:
Stephanos Stephanides (University of Cyprus)
Alev Adil (University of Greenwich)

Conference organisers:
Stephanos Stephanides, University of Cyprus
Amy-Katerini Prodromou, University of Cyprus
Stavros Karayanni, European University Cyprus
Polina Mackay, University of Nicosia

Conference poster and flyer by Q1tic Design: q1tic.design





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