This interdisciplinary two-day conference is an opportunity for all engaged or interested in the study of Life Writing to explore current and ongoing research, in order to promote further understanding of this growing field and help develop links between scholars across disparate institutions. The remit of this conference may be of interest to those working within the following disciplines: History, Heritage, English Literature, Creative Writing, Education, Publishing, Media, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Film and Theatre Studies, and Creative Arts Practice. However, scholars from any discipline are very welcome to submit proposals which could include but are not limited to the following topics:
Historical representations of gender and selfhood across all forms of life writing. Expressions of gender identity within public and domestic spaces. Dealing with gaps in representation, eg. Transgender, asexuality. Public and private lives. Parenthood and childhood lives. Imagining the self and self-representation in life writing. Marginalia and marginalisation. Gender and political/religious identity. Defining and redefining Life Writing. Gender, selfhood and expanding The Canon. Publishing, writers and persona. Gender and education.