>From: William Craig Howes <[log in to unmask]>
>Call For Papers
>Personal Effects: The Testimonial Uses of Life Writing
>Special Issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 27:1 (Winter 2004)
>Issue Editors: Cynthia Franklin & Laura Lyons
>Deadline: September 15, 2003
>Essays exploring life writing and/or life writing theory in relation to one
>or more of the following issues: restitution; truth commissions; testimony;
>reconciliation; reparation; human rights commissions; international
>tribunals, particularly around indigenous rights. Essays from any
>geopolitical context are welcome. Topics of particular interest include,
>but are not limited to the following: the "stolen generations," the
>detained or disappeared, sovereignty struggles, attempts to address state
>violence, rebuilding civil society and institutions, labor abuses and
>globalization, testimony and new technologies, the human genome project,
>post 9/11 civil and/or human rights abuses.
>Examples of questions that essays might engage include the following ones:
>what role does testimonial evidence of human rights abuses play in the
>rebuilding of civil institutions?
>how do the technologies used to take testimony at tribunals and truth
>commissions affect the reception and dissemination of the testimony?
>what role can individual testimony play in forwarding movements for
>reparations or restitutions?
>how or when does a focus on individual lives limit the effectiveness of
>how do the institutional constraints placed on truth commissions and
>tribunals give rise to new genres through which individuals or communities
>might offer critiques of the processes and procedures available for "truth
>how do new technologies make possible the dissemination of life narratives
>that serve to expose human rights violations and/or state violence?
>how might truth commissions with their focus on individuals' experiences
>contain rather than initiate forms of redress?
>TO SUBMIT: Manuscripts should be double-spaced and ideally between 3,000
>and 10,000 words. A double-blind submission policy will be followed; the
>author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript, but an
>accompanying cover letter should contain the author's name and address.
>Entirely electronic submissions are welcome; please send attachments to the
>e-mail address given below.
>Deadline for receipt of entries: September 15, 2003.
>For more information, consultation on manuscript ideas, or to submit an
>Stanley Schab, Managing Editor
>Center for Biographical Research,
>University of Hawai'i at M”noa,
>Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822 USA
>Tel./Fax: (808) 956-3774
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