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>From: Craig Howes <craighow_at_hawaii.edu>
>Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 21:44:41 -0400 (EDT)
>
>Call for Papers
>The Sixth Biennial International Auto/Biography Association Conference
>Honolulu, Hawai'i
>June 23-26, 2008
>Abstract Deadline: EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 15, 2007
>
>Conference Topic: Life Writing and Translations
>
>The Center for Biographical Research and the International Auto/Biography
>Association invite scholars from around the world to attend the sixth
>IABA conference, which will be held at the East-West Center, next to the
>campus of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, in Honolulu.
>
>Translation is central to all forms of representation; the theme for this
>conference is Life Writing and Translations, in the widest sense of the
>term. We welcome papers dealing with the following kinds of translation,
>and others as well:
>
>Linguistic°©-Accounts of language acquisition, and their relation to senses
>of identity, of relations with others, of community, of separateness.
>Immigrant life writing narratives. Indigenous peoples and life writing.
>Poly-lingual texts. Polyphonic and heteroglossic texts. And of course,
>the translation of life writing texts from one language to another.
>
>Generic°©-Life writing texts often move from one literary, artistic,
>disciplinary, technological, or rhetorical form to another. Papers can
>deal with representing peoples' lives in any medium--film, graphic text,
>writing, image, performance. They can examine the adaptation of one
>representational form to another°©-from book to film, from film to musical,
>from orature to literature, from page to stage to page, from popular
>confession to auto-ethnography, from case study to gossip. Or they can
>look at multi-generic works°©-online life writing incorporating visual,
>aural, and textual dimensions, or performance works combining presence
>and representation in several media.
>
>Cultural°©-Cultural translation involves the vexed but necessary efforts to
>communicate central ideas, histories, concerns, desires, needs, politics,
>identities from one cultural position or community to another.
>Translation is the act that takes place in Mary Louise Pratt's contact
>zone, or on Greg Dening's beach, or at a Truth and Reconciliation
>Committee hearing. Translation is often the negotiating of issues of
>gender, race, class, and disability (transnational, transgender,
>transcultural). Translation, as movement between states or spaces°©-
>transits, transitions°©-also shapes travel narratives. Translation, as a
>mediation between past and present, takes into account historical
>specificity. And translation participates in the political and cultural
>dynamics between nations, and national groups.
>
>For the conference, we're having four keynote speakers, each of whom will
>speak for 30 to 35 minutes. Philippe Lejeune has agreed to come, and will
>be giving his keynote in French. To represent the Pacific, this
>conference's region, I have asked Noenoe Silva, a Hawaiian political
>scientist and language scholar who recently published a book with Duke
>University Press on language and resistance to colonialism in Hawai'i.
>Her current work centers on writing the biographies and identifying the
>anonymous writing of the Hawaiian editors and writers for the newspapers
>in the 19th century. Barbara Harlow, who works on resistance literature
>and life writing in such trouble spots as the Middle East, South Africa,
>and Northern Ireland, will talk about the politics of translation and
>life writing. And Alicia Partnoy, a survivor of the secret detention
>camps where about 30,000 Argentineans "disappeared," is the author of The
>Little School. Tales of Disappearance and Survival, and of the poetry
>collections Little Low Flying/Volando bajito, and Revenge of the
>Apple/Venganza de la manzana. She also edited You Can't Drown the Fire:
>Latin American Women Writing in Exile.
>
>Each day we will be holding general keynote panels, attended by everyone,
>with three or four scholars speaking on a particular topic of strong
>interest to people in life writing. Some of the people who have already
>agreed to participate are Julia Watson, John Eakin, Sidonie Smith, Leigh
>Gilmore, G. Thomas Couser, Margaretta Jolly, Zhao Baisheng, Susanna Egan,
>and Bella Brodzki.
>
>Because our primary concern will be striking up and sustaining
>conversations between conference participants, papers should be limited
>to fifteen minutes in length, to insure time in all sessions for
>questions and full discussion. Panels on a single topic and submitted
>together are welcome. (Panels and sessions will have three presenters.)
>Given the theme of the conference, panels and individual papers may be
>conducted or delivered in the language of the participant's choice°©-
>various arrangements will be made well before the conference to allow
>other conference attendees to participate. All participants should also
>inform the organizers about media requirements for presentations°©-DVD,
>live internet, visual projection, audio, and so on.
>
>Abstracts for papers should be @300 words long. There should be an
>abstract for each paper in a panel presentation. The deadline for
>abstracts HAS BEEN EXTENDED to November 15, 2007. Though e-mail is
>preferred, abstracts can be submitted by mail or fax to the following
>numbers and addresses.
>
>* * *
>IABA Conference Call for Papers
>c/o The Center for Biographical Research
>Department of English
>1733 Donaghho Road
>University of Hawai'i at Manoa
>Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
>USA
>Fax number: 1-808-956-3774
>e-mail: biograph_at_hawaii.edu
>
>We would be happy to answer questions. Contact the CBR at the same
>numbers and addresses. And please forward this notice to other lists and
>individuals.
>
>Craig Howes
>Director, Center for Biographical Research
>Co-Editor, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
>Professor of English
>

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