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IABA Europe 2017

Conference Theme

                             LIFE WRITING, EUROPE AND NEW MEDIA
                                     Wednesday 7 - Friday 9 June 2017

The Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London and the European Research Council-funded ‘Ego-Media’ project are delighted to be hosting the IABA Europe conference in London.


The conference will highlight digital and new media.

Changes in technologies of information and communication affect our everyday lives, research and teaching: key questions for the conference will be how new media have transformed both lives and life writing.

We hope scholars working on other topics and earlier times will find it interesting to explore the transformations the digital is effecting in their fields. We also welcome contributions where the emphasis falls on other concerns of particular urgency for the IABA community – for example conflict, displacement, migration and refugees; women’s lives; LGBT+ lives; issues of national and European identities.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Laurie McNeill, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • John Zuern, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  • Sidonie Smith, Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and Director, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan
  • Julia Watson, Professor, Dept. of Comparative Studies, Emerita, The Ohio State University


Topics include the following:
  • Diaries, blogs, vlogs
  • The digital everyday
  • Digital and literary forms
  • Digital arts and life writing
  • Social Media platforms
  • Migrants’ and refugees’ stories
  • Citizenship and the digital
  • Life (writing) after Brexit
  • Space, place and virtuality/the local and the global
  • Digital identities
  • European identities
  • Archives
  • Multimedia lives
  • Digital natures
  • Health, well-being and the digital self
  • The networked self
  • Sharing, Liking, and digital agency
  • Digitised lives
  • Future lives
  • Digital violence
  • Online abuse/trolling
  • Women’s writing
  • Trauma
  • Crossings
  • Digital activism and advocacy
  • Methodologies and histories
  • Audiences and reading practices
  • Digital language and languages
  • Online sociolinguistics
  • Digital aesthetics and affects
  • Technology and metaphor: digital metaphors we live by
  • Performing lives
  • Virtual creativity
  • Online (dis)embodiment and (im)materiality
  • Pedagogy
  • Pre-digital media -- cinema, television, print or manuscript
  • Economy, austerity, and the digital
  • Big data /the quantified self
  • Forms of play

Clare Brant
and Max Saunders, on behalf of the IABA-Europe 2017 Organising Committee.


This conference is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Centre for Life-Writing Research and Ego Media Project.


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