List of participants of IABA Europe 2023 Conference (alphabetical)
Carol Acton is a professor of English at St Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has published on war and grief, medical personnel life-writings in wartime, and women’s war experience. She is currently researching exchanges of letters during the two world wars.
Janna Aerts studied Linguistics and Literary Studies: Dutch and English at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and spent one semester at University College London in 2014. She completed her PhD in Dutch Literature at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2019, working on a project of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) titled ‘Daily life and crisis in literary journals. A multiperspective reading of diaries written during the Second World War.’ At present, she is a postdoctoral researcher working on the project ‘Digital interfaces for polyphonic historiography’ within the Amsterdam Time Machine at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the interaction between (urban) spatiality and daily life within diaries and life-writing.
Eliza Maureen Altenhof studied Cultural Studies, English/American Studies, and Comparative Literature and Arts in Potsdam, Germany. She is presently pursuing her PhD at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (and formerly at King’s College London). She has published on illness and death in Christoph Schlingensief’s late work. Her current project focuses especially on narratives of terminal illness and death. A key aspect of her research deals with writers affected by terminal illnesses who write about their experiences, as well as writers who witness the illness and death of others. She focuses on life writing, self-portraits and self-representation, and interdisciplinary aspects in post-modern and contemporary art and literature.
Joanna Anczaruk is a master's student in The Institute of Polish Culture at University of Warsaw. She is writing a thesis about the religious experiences of LGBTQ+ community in Poland. She has a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology and is planning PhD studies after she graduates. At the moment she is focusing on gaining academic experience through active participation in conferences and publications.
Sergio Da Silva Barcellos received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Literary Studies from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2004 and 2009, respectively. He teaches an annual seminar on Auto/Biographical Studies at the Rio de Janeiro State University, since 2009, and developed a postdoctoral research project on Time, Memory and Diary Writing cosponsored by Hofstra University and the Capes Foundation. Barcellos was granted an award from Funarte, Brazil to organize, classify and publish a guide to Carolina Maria de Jesus’ archival collection. He is the author of the biography Toque de Silêncio (1997), and academic titles Armadilhas para a narrativa (2006), and Escrita do eu, refúgio do outro: Identidade e alteridade na escrita diarística (2019). In 2014, he organized the volume Vida por Escrito - Guia do Acervo de Carolina Maria de Jesus. Is a founding member of IABA-Américas.
Aleksandra Bednarowska is a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland. She completed her undergraduate studies at Humboldt University in Berlin and received her doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. Prior to joining the Pedagogical University in 2004, she had worked at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. In 2017 and 2019 she was a visiting scholar in the Department of World Languages at Eastern Michigan University. A. Bednarowska has published numerous articles on German-Jewish women writers, Polish-Jewish writers, and German Jews during the Holocaust. Recently she co-edited 2 volumes entitled Slawisch-Deutsche Begegnungen in Literatur, Kultur und Sprache ("Slavic-German Encounters in literature, culture, and language"), and published two articles in English on Memory and the Shoah. Her current research project focuses on depicting the war in autobiographical writing, art, and photography from Ukraine.
Alex Belsey is a Visiting Research Fellow in life-writing at King’s College London. He is a life-writing scholar researching and writing on diaries, journals, experimental autobiographies, visual art practice, and autofiction. He is the author of the monograph Image of a Man: the Journal of Keith Vaughan (Liverpool University Press, 2020) and has also published on the autofiction of Will Self and the autobiographical works of Irène Némirovsky.
Vanessa Berry is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney and lives and works on Gadigal land. In her books, essays and zines she examines expressions of memory connected to places and material objects. She is the author of Gentle and Fierce (2021), a memoir about human and animal relationships, and the award-winning Mirror Sydney(2017), about urban environments and change. She is the author of the long-running autobiographical zine series I am a Camera and her zine and illustration works have been exhibited at major Australian galleries.
Ilana Blumberg is the author of two memoirs, the prize-winning Houses of Study: A Jewish Woman Among Books (U Nebraska, 2007) and Open Your Hand: Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American (Rutgers UP, 2018), as well as the scholarly monograph, Victorian Sacrifice: Ethics and Economics in Mid-Century Novels (Ohio State UP, 2014). She has written numerous articles in the fields of life writing and pedagogy, and is currently completing a spiritual life entitled, George Eliot: Whole Soul, which brings together her scholarly interests in Victorian studies and life-writing.
Babs Boter is Assistant Professor at the Humanities Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She teaches in the fields of life writing, travel writing, diaspora literature, (trans)nationalism, American literature, world literature, and ecocriticism. Boter is writing a biography of the Dutch writer and travel journalist Mary Pos (1904-1987). In addition, she is initiator and convener of the international and interdisciplinary expert group Unhinging the National Framework: Platform for the Study of Transnational Life Writing, which is VU-based and affiliated with CLUE+, Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage. Boter has a background in history (Leiden University), American studies (University of Minnesota) and cultural studies (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam). Her recent publications are: "Body Work: Diarising Self-Display and Risk." Life Writing, vol. 19, no. 2 (2022); "Self-Fashioning and Othering: Women’s Double Strategies of Travel Writing." Feminismo/s, vol. 36 (December 2020) (with Irene Villaescusa Illán).
Clare Brant is Professor of Eighteenth-century Literature and Culture at King's College London. She co-edits the Palgrave series Studies in Life Writing, and is an editor on the European Journal of Life Writing. She has a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to complete a book, Underwater Lives, exploring humans, marine species and oceans through life writing.
Katarzyna Bronk-Bacon is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of English of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She has published on literary and paraliterary codes and books of conduct, rules of propriety and non-normativity in literature and drama. Her current and ongoing research is devoted to old age and ageing as defined and (re)presented in English culture and literature, especially in the Long Eighteenth Century. Her publications include two edited collections, Autumnal Faces: Old Age in British and Irish Dramatic Narratives (2017) and ‘Experienc’d Age knows what for Youth is fit’?: Generational and Familial Conflict in British and Irish Drama and Theatre (2019), and a monograph, 'And Yet I Remember’: Ageing and Old(er) Age in English Drama between 1660 and the 1750s (2019) which concluded her research grant from the National Science Centre, Poland.
Monika Browarczyk is an Associate Professor of South Asian Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań) Poland. After obtaining an MA in Hindi literature from the University of Warsaw in 1996 and an MA in sociology from the Central European University in Warsaw in 1997, she received her PhD from the University of Warsaw in 2005. Between 2005 and 2008, she worked at the University of Delhi, India and from 2011 to 2013 at the Jagiellonian University in Krakόw, Poland. Her research interests include Hindi literature, women’s writings, autobiography studies and translation studies. She published a book, Narrating Lives, Narrating Selves. Women’s Autobiographies in Hindi(2019) and various research articles in academic journals. She co-edited with Lidia Sudyka a volume of an academic journal, Cracow Indological Studies dedicated to women’s writing in South Asia (2018).
Teresa Bruś is associate professor at Wrocław University, Poland. Her major fields of research include visual culture, interactions of photography and literature, life-writing, poetics of the essay, and modernism. Graduate seminars in the past few years include “The Poetry of W.H. Auden,” “Autobiographical Spaces in the 20th c,” “Comparative Biography.” She has published extensively on various aspects of life-writing and photography. Her most recent papers are on interiography, text/image hybridity in life-writing, experiments with images and writing, and the concept of dust in life-writing by Patti Smith. She is the author of Life Writing as Self-Collecting in the 1930s: Cecil Day Lewis and Louis MacNeice (2012). Forthcoming is her Face Forms in Life-Writing of the Interwar Years (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023).
Eveline Buchheim studied cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and works as senior researcher at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam. Her main research interests are Gender and Empire, War and Gender, Heritage Tourism, Psychiatry and disabled care WWII. She has published on women’s contributions to empire, Dutch-Japanese fraternisation during the Pacific War and its legacies, heritage tourism and the mental institutions in the Netherlands under German occupation. She just published Sporen vol betekenis / Meniti Arti. In gesprek met ‘Getuigen & Tijdgenoten’ over de Indonesische onafhankelijkheidsoorlog / Bertukar Makna bersama ‘Saksi & Rekan Sezaman’ tentang Perang Kemerdekaan Indonesia.
Max Casey is a PhD candidate at Free University Amsterdam. His research explores illness writing and futurity from a multi-media perspective, bringing medical humanities research into conversation with developments in queer and trans studies and life writing scholarship. His work has appeared in FRAME: Journal of Literary Studies and most recently in the edited volume, Posthuman Pathogenesis: Contagion in Literature, Arts, and Media.
Li Shan Chan is a Singaporean writer and doctoral student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she was named Grace K. J. Abernethy Fellow in 2022. She is the author of three life writing books: Searching for Lee Wen: A Life in 135 Parts (Epigram Books: 2022), Yellow Man (Epigram Books: 2021), and A Philosopher’s Madness (Ethos Books: 2012), and has published shorter pieces online and in print. She was awarded the 2021 Biography Prize by the Center for Biographical Research in Honolulu. In 2014, she was ‘Most Promising Advocate’ at the Singapore Advocacy Awards. Her educational background includes an MA in Biography and Creative Non-fiction with Distinction from the University of East Anglia, an MSc in the Philosophy and History of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA(Hons) in Philosophy and Politics from the University of York, UK.
Mateusz Chmurski is the director of the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague since September 2022. Associate Professor of Polish and Central-European Literatures at Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université (2018-), codirector of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Central Europe (2019-2022), he graduated in Polish Literature, Art History and Slavonic studies at the Universities of Warsaw and Paris-Sorbonne. Humboldt Research Fellow at the Humboldt Universtät zu Berlin (2017-2018), International Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles (2016-2017), twice awarded by the START Stipend by the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP, 2015, 2016). Recent publications include the monograph Journal, fiction et identité(s). Modernités littéraires d’Europe centrale (1880-1920) à travers les œuvres de Géza Csáth, Karol Irzykowski et Ladislav Klíma (Paris 2018, Polish ed. in print), as well as ten collective volumes incl. Problemy literatury i kultury modernizmu w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej (vol. 1-3, Warsaw 2017).
Christopher Conway is Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research focus is in Comparative Literature, Comic Studies, and American Literature. Conway is the author of the books: Heroes of the Borderlands: The Western in Mexican Film, Comics, and Music (2019), and Nineteenth-Century Latin America: A Cultural History (2015), as well as the editor/coeditor of various books. Recent short form publications include studies of postcoloniality and Magical Realism, early twentieth-century Spanish dime novels, masculinity in 1970s Mexican film Westerns, and literary sequels and adaptations of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Francisco José Cortés Vieco – Ph.D. in Gender Studies, Alcalá University, and Ph.D. in Literary Studies, Complutense University of Madrid) is Associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), where since 2013, he teaches English and North American Literature, and Gender Studies. He has been Erasmus+ Coordinator at UCM and Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA). His main areas of academic research are Medical Humanities and trauma studies, feminism and women’s literature from the nineteenth century until today. He is the author of 40 Spanish and international publications, including 2 monographs about female sexuality, pregnancy, childbirth, and mental health in women’s literature (Benjamin Franklin Institute, Alcalá University 2016 and Peter Lang, Oxford 2021). In addition, Dr. Cortés Vieco is a member of the research project “Gender and Pathography from a Transnational Perspective” (led by Prof. Isabel Durán) which has obtained funding from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (2021-2024).
Małgorzata Czermińska is Professor Emerita at the Faculty of Philology, University of Gdańsk, where she developed her research and where, until 2018, she taught PhD programmes. Throughout her academic career Professor Czermińska was a PhD advisor for twenty-nine students. Professor Czermińska’s research first developed in the field of Polish structuralism. She then focused on the history of ideas, mythographic criticism, and the theory of time in literature. She has published groundbreaking works in the field of life-writing, formulating the theory of the autobiographical triangle. As a work in progress, the theory has been developing to include the idea of autobiographical place (informed by geopoetics). Professor Czermińska is also interested in the connections between literature and the visual arts, especially literary descriptions of gothic cathedrals as a feature of European culture. She was a visiting lecturer at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1991) and a visiting fellow in Darwin College at Cambridge University (1996). She has participated in conferences in the Netherlands, Canada, USA, UK, Sweden, Belarus, Bulgaria, and France. Professor Czermińska’s book publications include: Czas w powieściach Parnickiego (1972) [Time in the Novels of Teodor Parnicki], Teodor Parnicki (1974), Autobiografia i powieść czyli pisarz i jego postacie [Autobiography and the Novel: The Writer and Their Protagonists] (1987), Autobiograficzny trójkąt: świadectwo, wyznanie i wyzwanie (2000, 2nd ed. 2020) [The Autobiographical Triangle: Witness, Confession, Challenge] (2019), Gotyk i pisarze. Topika opisu katedry (2005) [The Gothic and Writers: The Topoi of Cathedral Description], and co-authored with Grażyna Borkowska and Ursula Phillips, Pisarki polskie od średniowiecza do współczesności. Przewodnik (2000), [Polish Women Writers from the Middle Ages Until Today: A Guide] 2000.
Julia Dallaway is a doctoral student in English at the University of Oxford, where she is researching twentieth-century women’s essays as a non-narrative form of life-writing. She holds an MSc with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh and a First Class BA from Oxford, and now teaches modern and contemporary literature to undergraduate students. Her interest in life-writing includes a longstanding involvement with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing. In 2021, she was on the judging panel for the UK’s oldest literary prize, the James Tait Black Prize for Biography.
Peter Davies is Professor of Modern German Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His research is concerned with the intersection of Translation Studies and Holocaust Studies methods, and with the significance of translation and interpreting for the development of Holocaust memory. He is the author of Witness between Languages: The Translation of Holocaust Testimony in Context (Boydell & Brewer, 2018), and is co- editor with Jean-Boase-Beier, Andrea Hammel and Marion Winters, of Translating Holocaust Lives (Bloomsbury, 2018). He has also published on issues of translation in the work of Elie Wiesel, Tadeusz Borowski, Krystyna Żywulska, and Yitzhak Katzenelson, and has also written on the work of Bertha Pappenheim and Anselm Kiefer. He is currently researching the work of translators and interpreters at post-Holocaust trials in Germany.
Marina Deller is a creative writer, researcher, and teacher at Flinders University, South Australia. Their research concerns grief and trauma life narratives and material storytelling. They write about identity, bodies, grief, and public/private spheres. Marina also teaches Creative Writing, English Literature, and academic skills, and is affiliated with the Life Narrative Lab.
Kate Douglas is a Professor of English in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University and co-director of the Flinders Life Narrative Lab. She is the founder and leader of IABA Asia-Pacific. Her latest book is Children and Biography: Reading and Writing Life Stories (Bloomsbury, 2022).
Wojciech Drąg is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wrocław. He is the author of Collage in Twenty-First-Century Literature in English: Art of Crisis (Routledge, 2020) and Revisiting Loss: Memory, Trauma and Nostalgia in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro (Cambridge Scholars, 2014 – Suiseisha, 2021 – Japanese translation), and co-editor of three edited volumes, including The Poetics of Fragmentation in Contemporary British and American Fiction (Vernon, 2019). Dr Drąg has been awarded academic fellowships by the Kosciuszko Foundation (University of Utah, 2018), the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (Dartmouth College, 2021) and the French government (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 2023). His academic interests focus on contemporary British and American fiction and life-writing and on formal experimentation in literature.
Dagmara Drewniak – Ph.D., D. Litt., teaches American and Canadian literature at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Her research interests include: literature by migrants from Poland and Eastern Europe to Canada, life-writing, Jewish and Holocaust, migrant and postcolonial literature. She is the author of several books: Forgetful Recollections: Images of Central and Eastern Europe in Canadian Literature (2014), The Self and the World: Aspects of the Aesthetics and Politics of Contemporary North American Literary Memoir by Women (2018, co-authored with A. Rzepa and K. Macedulska), The Figure of Home. Essays on Anglophone Literature of Migrants from Polish Territories and their Descendants in Canada (2022, in Polish) as well as a number of essays on Janice Kulyk Keefer, Eva Stachniak, Eva Hoffman, Michael Ondaatje, Lisa Appignanesi, Anne Michaels, Bernice Eisenstein and Norman Ravvin among others. She is a President of the Polish Association for Canadian Studies.
Isabel Durán (Maria Isabel Durán Gimenez-Rico) is Professor of North American Literature and Dean of the School of Philology at the Unoiversidad Complutense of Madrid (UCM). Her research and publication record on gender studies, literature, autobiography and ethnicity include the edition of an eight-volume Gender Studies collection, in addition to more than seventy articles and book chapters. She .is the Director of the Complutense Research Group "Gender Studies in the Anglophone World", and is now the main reseracher of a funded Research Project entitled "Gender and Pathography from a Transatlantic Perspective (2021-2024). She has supervised 13 Doctoral dissertations. A Fulbright fellowship recipient in 2000 (University of Louisville), she has been a research fellow at Harvard University and at UC Santa Barbara (2019).
Eloise Faichney is a writer, teacher and researcher from Melbourne. Her PhD explored biofiction, authorial subjectivity and women's life narratives and her latest publication, Undisciplined Creation: Poetry on Tumblr as Autoethnographic and Authorial Practice, appears in Post-Digital Book Cultures: Australian Perspectives by Monash University Publishing. Eloise’s research interrogates historical and digital life narratives, creative writing across digital platforms and critical digital pedgagogies. She is a Lecturer in the Media and Communications program at the University of Melbourne. She is currently working on a novel about the lives of author, Naomi Mitchison, and explorer, Zita Baker.
Gabriel Finder taught at the University of Virginia and served as director of its Jewish Studies Program. His research addresses the Holocaust, Jewish rebuilding in postwar Europe, postwar Jewish cultural production, postwar justice, and Holocaust testimony. His recent publications include Justice Behind the Iron Curtain: Nazis on Trial in Communist Poland, which he coauthored with the late Alexander V. Prusin (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018); and Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust, coedited with David Slucki and Avinoam Patt (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2020). He is guest coeditor of “Interrogating Evil: A Special Issue of the Journal of Holocaust Research for Lawrence L. Langer on His Ninetieth Birthday,” Journal of Holocaust Research 34, no. 4 (2020), coedited with Dawn Skorczewski and Dan Stone. His current book projects include Honor Court: Jews in Poland Turn Inward after the Holocaust and The Bridge Builder: Shimon Redlich in Conversation with Gabriel Finder.
Anna Foltyniak-Pękala PhD, author of the books Between writing by Nałkowska and reading yourself by Nałkowska(Kraków 2004) and Autopowieść. Autobiographical discourse in the prose of Kazimierz Brandys (Kraków 2019). A scholarship holder of the MNiSW "Top500Innovators" program at the University of California, Berkeley (2015). She works at the University of Bielsko-Biała.
Louise Franklin is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Art History at the Bristol School of Art, UK. She is a scholar of Parisian painter, Chaim Soutine (1893-1943) and is currently writing the first biography of Soutine, which will be published by Bloomsbury Visual Arts in 2024/25. Her broader research spans inter-war French art, art and visual perception and concepts of place and space. Alex Franklin is a retired Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture.
Maxime Geervliet is a current PhD student in Comparative Literature and a Tutor in Film Studies. She holds an MSc in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BA in Film and Literary Sciences from the University of Leiden. Maxime's research is in the field of Life Writing, specifically focussing on autobiographical literature. She compares English - and Norwegian literature and particularly zooms in on the confessional dimension in contemporary autobiographical writing in a developing context of online/social media. Maxime is a member of the Edinburgh Network for Life Writing, and works as a reader for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Biography).
Veronica Ghirardi is a fellow researcher at the Department of Humanities of the University of Turin (Italy). She completed her PhD cum laude in 2018, at the same institution, and was then a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice. Her research focuses on contemporary Hindi fiction and non-fiction, particularly written by women and Dalit authors. She published in international journals like Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie Orientale, Kervan International Journal of Afro-Asiatic Studies, and Cracow Indological Studies. Her book Postmodern Traces and Recent Hindi Novels was published in 2021 by Vernon Press.
Marcin Gołąb is a cultural studies and history researcher, a PhD candidate in the Department of Cultural History at the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw. He is preparing dissertation on the situation of the child and childhood in Poland immediately after World War II. He is a member of the Urban Studies Laboratory. He is the author of a piece of research published in Teksty Drugie on the diary of a teenage boy who described his daily life – school life, being a Boy Scout, reading, traveling around the city and detonating found remnants of wartime explosives – in the late 1950s. The article examines ways to use materials created in youth to study childhood and adolescence.
Agnieszka Graff is a Polish scholar, feminist activist and public intellectual. She is an associate professor at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw. Her research interests include gender in the new culture wars, therapeutic discourses, and ultraconservative conspiratorial theories. Her articles have appeared in Public Culture, Feminist Studies, Signs, European Journal of Women’s Studies, East European Politics and Societies, and Journal of Modern European History. Her most recent book is Anti-gender Politics in the Populist Moment, co-authored by Elżbieta Korolczuk (Routledge, open access, 2021).
Chloe R. Green is an early career researcher with expertise in literary studies and the medical humanities. She is an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, where she is researching the affective economies of care work in contemporary fiction. Her monograph, on the gendered dimensions of contested illness in women’s experimental autobiographies, is currently being prepared. She completed her PhD in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, and has articles published in a/b: Autobiography Studies and Woolf Studies Miscellany, and in 2018 she was a scholar in residence at the SenseLab, Concordia University.
Aleksandra Grzemska is adjunct in Polish Literature at the Institute of Literature and New Media, University of Szczecin, as well as literary critic and editor. She completed her PhD in literary studies at the University of Szczecin and graduated in editing studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Her monograph Matki i córki. Relacje rodzinne i artystyczne w autobiografiach kobiet po 1989 roku was published in 2020 by the Foundation for Polish Science and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She is co-editor of books including: Polityki relacji w literaturze kobiet po 1945 roku and Po Czarnobylu: miejsce katastrofy w dyskursie współczesnej humanistyki. She is on the editorial board of the journal Autobiografia. Literatura. Kultura. Media (ISSN: 2353-8694). In 2024 she will published monograph Family and Artistic Relations in Polish Women’s Autobiographical Literature in Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) within the series: Routledge Auto/Biography Studies.
Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland. Her research interests include life writing, memory studies, and contemporary literature. She has published widely on these issues including her two monographs, Borderlines: Autobiography and Fiction in Postmodern and Life Writing (2003) and Representations of Forgetting in Life Writing and Fiction (2017). Her most recent work is the edited volume Iceland-Ireland: Memory, Literature, Culture on the Atlantic Periphery (2022).
Franziska Gygax is Professor Emerita of American literature at the University of Basel, Switzerland, is the author of Serious Daring from Within: Female Narrative Strategies in Eudora Welty's Novels (1990) and Gender and Genre in Gertrude Stein (1998). She has also published various articles in the fields of autobiography and literature and medicine. Among her more recent publications in this field are Narrative Matters in Medical Contexts across Disciplines, ed. together with Miriam A. Locher (Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2015), “A Life A Life A Life: Alive! And Retiring from Life Writing? a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 32 (2017), and “Feeling (and Falling) Ill: Finding a Language of Illness” in Feeling Dis-ease in Modern History: Experiencing Medicine and Illness, ed. Rob Boddice and Bettina Hitzer (London: Bloomsbury, 2022). She was also co-director of the interdisciplinary research project “Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives” funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Life Writing.
Lonny Harrison is Associate Professor of Russian in the Department of Modern Languages and Director of the Charles T. McDowell Center for Global Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. He earned his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2008. His primary research interests are 19th and 20th-century Russian literature, Russian Revolutionary terrorism, and responses to Soviet authoritarianism in art and literature. Recent publications include the monographs Archetypes from Underground: Notes on the Dostoevskian Self (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016) – and Language and Metaphors of the Russian Revolution: Sow the Wind, Reap the Storm (Lexington Books, 2021).
Artur Hellich is doctor of humanities, Assistant Professor at the University of Warsaw (Institute of Polish Literature). Author of the book Gry z autobiografią: przemilczenia, intelektualizacje, parodie (Warsaw, 2018), co-editor of the collective book Filozofia filologii (Warsaw, 2019), he published numerous articles on the theory and history of autobiography, as well as the theory of pastiche and the history of Polish literary studies in 20th century. Co-author of the monograph Wiek teorii. Sto lat polskiego literaturoznawstwa nowoczesnego, edited by Danuta Ulicka (Warsaw, 2020), which was nominated for the prestigious Tadeusz Kotarbiński Award in 2022.
Desirée Henderson is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she specializes in American literature, women’s writing, and auto/biography studies. She is the author of How to Read a Diary: Critical Contexts and Interpretive Strategies for 21st-Century Readers (Routledge, 2019), as well as essays on diaries published in a/b: Auto/biography Studies, American Periodicals, and The Diary: The Epic of Everyday Life, among other venues. She is currently co-editing an anthology of diary fiction, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishers.
Katja Herges is a Assistant Professor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research into Health and Illness at the University of Wrocław. Previously, Katja has worked in medical ethics and practiced as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in different clinical settings. In addition to her medical degree, she has earned a Ph.D. in German studies and feminist theory and research from the University of California, Davis. Her academic interests include medical humanities, life writing, visual cultures of illness, gender studies and mental health. Her edited volume Contested Selves: Life Writing and German culture (together with Elisabeth Krimmer) has been published with Camden House in 2021. She currently works on two book projects: one on how contemporary German life narratives reframe concepts of illness as relational, and the other, on emerging life narratives of exhaustion from a transnational and historical perspective.
Edith Hill is a PhD candidate at Flinders University affiliated with the Life Narrative Research Group. She is researching life narratives of health and wellness on social media. Edith has an interest in the ways in which parents mediate children’s life narratives on social media.
Ernestine Hoegen is an independent scholar, writer, translator, and editor. She has a PhD in criminal law and worked as a sociologist of law and as a public prosecutor before turning full-time to writing. She is the author of a biography of Dutch attorney Mieke Bouman (Een Strijdbaar Bestaan. Mieke Bouman en de Indonesische strafprocessen. Amsterdam: Spectrum, 2020) and a novel about the Dutch judiciary (Amsterdam: Spectrum, forthcoming). In her most recent scholarly work she focuses on the life writing of prisoners of war and civilians held in Japanese internment camps during WWII. She is an editor of the Yearbook of Women’s History and a board member of the European Journal of Life Writing Foundation.
Maarja Hollo is Senior Researcher at the Estonian Literary Museum and the leader of the reasearch group on life writing studies of the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies at the Estonian Literary Museum. She has published articles on trauma in the work of several Estonian exile writers as well as in the life narratives of the members of the Estonian Western diaspora. Her last article focuses on the way of self-portrayal in the letters of a prisoner.
Hannah Holtschneider is Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Jewish history, with a particular focus on the consequences of the Holocaust, Jewish identities, and Jewish/non-Jewish relations. She is the author of three monographs Jewish Orthodoxy in Scotland: Rabbi Dr Salis Daiches and Religious Leadership (EUP 2019), The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum (Routledge 2011), German Protestants Remember the Holocaust: Theology and the Construction of Collective Memory (Lit. Verlag 2001), and numerous articles. She is currently working on a family correspondence of Jewish refugees from Kassel.
Alfred Hornung is research Professor and Director of the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. His publications are in the field of modernism, postmodernism, ecology and life writing. He is editor-in-chief of TheJournal of Transnational American Studies and on the editorial board of several journals, including Atlantic Studies, Contemporary Foreign Literature (Nanjing), Life Writing in Europe, a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and Life Writing. He served as President of MESEA, as President of the German Association for American Studies and as a member of the International Committee of the ASA. He is a founding member of IABA and of IABA-Europe, the recipient of the Bode-Pearson Prize of the ASA and an elected member of Academia Europaea, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute of World Literature, and Honorary Chair Professor at the University of Shandong. Among his publications are the Chinese translation of Ecology and Life Writing (Beijing, 2016), The Routledge Companion to Transnational American Studies. New York: Routledge, 2019 (with Nina Morgan, Takayuki Tatsumi), and biographies of Jack London (2016) and Al Capone (2021).
Craig Howes has been the Director of the Center for Biographical Research since 1997, the co-editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and the series editor of the University of Hawaiʻi Press Biography Monographs series since 1994, and a Professor of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa since 1980. One of the founding members of the International Auto/Biography Association, he has been the List Manager for IABA-L since 1999. The co-editor with Miriam Fuchs of Teaching Lifewriting Texts (MLA 2007), he is the author of many essays and reviews on life writing. Most recently, he provided the entry on Life Writing for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory (2022). He also co-produced the Biography Hawaiʻi television documentary series, and remains active as a consulting scholar and actor in Living History projects through the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Foundation.
Elizabeth Jansen is a Graduate Student at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests lie in examining how her ancestors related to the lands they lived on and those they shared it with, and how they adapted as their world became unrecognizable, in order to extrapolate how the wisdom derived from those times can inform intercultural and ecological relationships today. She is the author of Crash Landing (2019), a memoir, Life Lessons from Motorcycles(2015), and Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment (2011).
Anita Jarczok – Ph.D., the author of Writing an Icon: Celebrity Culture and the Invention of Anaïs Nin (2017), teaches American literature at the University of Bielsko-Biała, Poland. She is interested in various forms of life narratives, including autobiographies, memoirs, and diaries. Her research draws primarily on life-writing theory and criticism, psychology, neuroscience, and memory studies. She is currently working on a project devoted to the twentieth-century European immigrant memoirs in the United States from the perspective of memory (both individual and collective), while simultaneously developing her interest in the diary. Her latest article which focuses on Rachel Auerbach's ghetto diary will appear in "The Polish Review" in 2023.
Anna Jaroszuk is a graduate of master's and doctoral programs at the Institute of Polish Culture (cultural studies), University of Warsaw. Author of articles published in collective volumes and journals (including Almanach Historyczny) as well as editor of collective volumes (including Miasta/Zwierzęta, Almanach Antropologiczny, t. 4). Her master’s thesis on human-animal relations in the space of Warsaw was awarded in the J.J. Lipski Master Thesis Competition (2016). Fellow in the National Science Center grant (OPUS): Life writing competitions. Memoir-writing practices in Poland 1918–1939 conducted by prof. Paweł Rodak. She is interested in the history of Polish culture at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly the history of human-animal relations and the history of social class relations from the perspective of peasants – she is currently preparing a PhD dissertation in the latter area, based on, among other sources, Polish peasant memoirs from the interwar period.
Sheila Jelen is the Zantker Professor of Jewish Literature, Culture and History at the University of Kentucky, Lexington and the director of the Jewish Studies Program there. She is the author of Salvage Poetics: American-Jewish Post Holocaust Folk Ethnographies (2020) and Intimations of Difference: Dvora Baron in the Modern Hebrew Renaissance (2007). She has edited numerous volumes, including Reconstructing the Old Country: American Jewry in the Post-Holocaust Decades (2017), Modern Jewish Literatures: Intersections and Boundaries (2011), and Hebrew, Gender and Modernity (2007). Her most recent book, Israeli Salvage Poetics (forthcoming in October 2023),explores the ways in which Israeli writers and scholars have represented east European Jewish life in their work from the 1930s to the present. Another book-in progress, Testimonial Montage: A Family of Holocaust Testimonies from the Cracow Ghetto considers, through a literary lens, the testimonies of a group of Israeli Holocaust survivors who were active in the ghetto uprising.
Dr Joanna Jeziorska-Haładyj is a narratologist based at the University of Warsaw where she teaches poetics and literary theory. Her academic interests include the boundary between fiction and non-fiction, reportage and autobiography (her PhD book, TheSignposts of Fictionality, was published in 2013), as well as practical and theoretical aspects of translation. She wrote numerous articles on the problems of subjectivity, point of view and narrative techniques in factual narratives. Her postdoctoral book Second Person in Non-Fiction will be published in 2024. It is based on English, French, and Polish literary texts.
Astrid Joutseno(Swan) is conducting her post-doctoral research about grief of the dying and grief as an affect in intergenerational cultural memory in Selma, University of Turku. Joutseno’s award-winning PhD dissertation Life Writing from Birth to Death: How M/others Know (2021) examined mothering in the folds of the internet by examining maternal life writing online. As a songwriter Swan has published seven albums internationally. She has won the prestigious Teosto Award and her music has been nominated for the Scandinavian Music Prize in 2018. In 2019 Swan published a memoir Viimeinen kirjani (Nemo) and in 2023 she publishes her first novel (S&S Kustannus).
Glòria Jové is a Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Lleida (Spain).
Leena Käosaar is Associate Professor of Cultural Theory at the Institute of Cultural Research, University of Tartu. Her research interests include the tradition of Estonian life writing and post-Soviet life writings, Baltic women's deportation and Gulag narratives, women's diaries and family correspondences, the representation of traumatic experience, relationality, dynamics of address, travelling memory and gender, as well as creative nonfiction (life story writing), which she also teaches at Tartu University. Her doctoral thesis in comparative literature (University of Tartu, 2006) focused on the interrelationship of embodied subjectivity, poetics of writing, and the diaries of Virginia Woolf, Aino Kallas and Anaïs Nin. She is the editor, with Lea Rojola, of Aino Kallas. Negotiations with Modernity (SKS, 2010), with Paul Longley Arthur, of Border Crossings. Essay in Identity and Belonging (Routledge, 2020), with Triinu Ojamaa and Aija Sakova, of Narrating Migration and Diaspora (special issue of Trames, 2019) and two special issues of Folklore, Migration and Diasporas (2020). Wiith Sergey Troitskiy and Liisi Laineste she co-edited a special issue of Folklore on Trauma (2021). Her current work within the framework of the project “Taking Shelter in Estonia: the Stories of Ukrainians Fleeing from the War” focuses on collecting the life stories of Ukrainian refugees in Estonia with the aim of supporting Ukrainian memory in the context of radical, often traumatic changes and mass migration caused by the military aggression of Russia on Ukraine.
Klaus Kaindl is Professor of Translation Studies at the Centre for Translation Studies of the University of Vienna. Research interests: semiotics and translation, translation of opera, comics, popular music, films, fictional representations of translators and interpreters in literature and film – queer theory and translation – life writings of translators and interpreters.
Eva C. Karpinski is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto, where she teaches feminist theory and methodology, life writing, and translation studies. She has published over 40 articles and book chapters. She is the author of Borrowed Tongues: Life Writing, Migration, and Translation and co-author of Life Writing Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas and, most recently, Translation, Semiotics, and Feminism: Selected Writings of Barbara Godard (Routledge 2022). She is Associate Editor for a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.
Dennis Kersten is Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures of Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. As researcher he is affiliated with the Radboud Institute for Culture & History (RICH). He specialises in British literature, metamodernism and life writing. He is a member of the steering committee of the "Metamodernism" network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and has published in Biography, English Studies, Reception and the European Journal of Life Writing, for which he also edits book reviews. His research interests include metamodern biography, contemporary biofiction (esp. about authors) and rock/ pop memoir.
Phoebe King has completed her Master of Philosophy in literary studies at the University of Queensland, studying the reception of Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains. Her current areas of interest are life writing, refugee narratives, and Australian literature.
Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies and the director of the Research Center for Gender Studies at the University of Wrocław. Her selected publications on the intersections of gender, race, and class in contemporary memoirs, auto/biographical comics, and postmodern fiction appeared in Peter Lang, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Autobiografia: Literatura, Kultura, Media, Polish Journal of American Studies, Miscellanea Posttotalitariana Wratislaviensia, Anglica Wratislaviensia. She also co-edited Traveling Subjects: American Journeys in Space and Time with Dominika Ferens and Justyna Kociatkiewicz. Her current project focuses on experimental representations of sexual trauma in contemporary Anglophone and Polish life writing, comics and films. She collaborates with the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at York University, Canada, by organizing conferences, hosting and giving guest lectures and preparing joint publications.
Adela Kobelska – PhD, assistant professor at the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw. Her main area of interest is history of Polish literary studies and intellectual culture, as well as geopoetics and modern urban culture. She is the author of a monograph of the interwar Poznan Polonists’ Circle: Miasto. Uniwersytet. Literaturoznawstwo. Poznań lat dwudziestych i trzydziestych XX wieku jako przestrzeń działania członków Koła Polonistów (2016) [City – University – Modern Literary Studies: Poznan in the 20th Century Twenties and Thirties as Activity Space of Poznan Polonists’ Circle Members] which got distinction from the Committee of Jan Jędrzejewicz Award (Polish Academy of Science) and a co-author of the publication on the history of Polish theory of literature Wiek teorii. Sto lat nowoczesnego literaturoznawstwa polskiego (2020) [The Age of Theory. 100 Years of Modern Polish Literary Studies] which was nominated for Tadeusz Kotarbiński Award (University of Łódź).
Monika Kopcik – PhD student at the Doctoral School of Humanities at University of Warsaw and student at the Institute of Musicology at University of Warsaw – co-founder and co-editor of the 'Parabaza' series (Warsaw University Press). Her doctoral research concerns genre use in Karol Szymanowski's correspondence and its socio-cultural background.
Adriana Kovacheva – PhD, literary scholar and translator, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Instiute for Slavic Studies, Gender and Transcultural Balkan Studies Research Unit, main interests: literature of Bulgarian and Polish People’s Republics, translation studies, archival studies, queer literature. Author of the books (Не)забележимата преводачка. Еманципационни преводни практики на Дора Габе [The (Un)noticeable Translator. Emancipatory Translational Practices of Dora Gabe.] Veliko Tarnovo: Faber Publishing House, 2017; Ścieżkami tłumaczy. Poezja polska w Bułgarii w latach 1956-1989 [The Paths of Translators. Polish Poetry in Bulgaria in 1956–1989.] Kraków: Wydawnictwo Pasaże, 2016. Co-editor of the volumes Bułgarystyka – tradycje i przyszłość/Българистиката – традиция и бъдеще [Bulgarian Studies – Traditions and Future Development] (2020) – Archiwum jako praktyka [Archive as a Practice] (2019). Project manager of the National Science Centre research grant "Queer Spaces behind the Iron Curtain. The Case of Wilhelm Mach".
Łukasz Kożuchowski – PhD student of history at the University of Warsaw’s Doctoral School of Humanities. MA with honors in 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Artur Markowski. Research interests focus on the social and cultural history of the Kingdom of Poland, especially on the history of peasants in the period of agrarian reforms and after the enfranchisement. Since 2018 to 2022, collaborator of the Polish History Museum. From 2020, head of the project "Peasant piety in the Kingdom of Poland at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the perspective of egodocuments" (Ministry of Education and Science – Diamond Grant). Since 2021, participant of the project "Social genesis of anti-Jewish violence. The Kingdom of Poland in the second half of the 19th century (1864—1914)" (National Science Centre – Opus 20). Earlier, also a contractor in projects carried out at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Jacek Kubera – sociologist (PhD, MA) and French philologist (MA, BA), is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. He studies changes in collective identities in migratory and urban contexts. He also specializes in Florian Znanieck’s theory and methodology and uses memoirs and literary autobiographical texts in his research. The author or co-editor of Identifications of French People of Algerian Origin(Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), A ‘Social Turn’ in the European Union? New trends and ideas about social convergence in Europe (Routledge, 2020), and Contemporary Migrations in the Humanistic Coefficient Perspective. Florian Znaniecki’s Thought in Today’s Social Science Research (Peter Lang, 2017).
Karolina Kulpa – graduate of Polish philology, a student of philosophy at the University of Warsaw, co-editor of the "Parabaza" series, member of the "Parabaza" Literary Theory Scientific Circle. Her interests include issues related to the literary avant-garde, literary theory, aesthetics and the "new French philosophy".
Erin La Cour is Assistant Professor of English Literature and Visual Culture at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Her research focuses on the mediality, intermediality, and affect of comics, especially in relation to theories and practices of graphic medicine. She has co-edited four comics studies collections, Graphic Medicine"/Graphic Medicine (Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly/University of Hawaii Press 2022), Key Terms in Comics Studies (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), Comics in Art/Art in Comics (Image[&]Narrative 2016), and Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects, and Communities (Cambridge Scholars Press 2015), and is co-founder and co-director of Amsterdam Comics. From 2019-2021 she was also a Comenius Fellow of the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research, for which she conducted the project "Opening a Dialogue about Mental Health through Comics and Creative Writing," and is currently vice chair of the Environmental and Health Humanities Research Profile of the VU’s CLUE+ Interfaculty Research Institute.
Michael Lackey – distinguished McKnight Professor at the University of Minnesota, Michael Lackey is a scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first-century intellectual, political, and literary history. He has authored and edited twelve books and guest-edited five special journal issues. His current research focuses mainly on biofiction, literature that names its protagonist after a real person. Most recently, he has published Ireland, the Irish, and the Rise of Biofiction (Bloomsbury Academic 2021) and Biofiction: An Introduction (Routledge 2022). He is currently working on a book about German biofiction. He is one of the managing editors of Bloomsbury Academic's new series, Biofiction Studies.
Elsa Lechner – social anthropologist and associated researcher at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal. I have conducted and coordinated several national and international research projects in the specific domain of migration studies (Portuguese emigrants in France, USA, Brazil), immigrants in Portugal (many different origins and cultures), and refugees, from a biographical perspective. In the last ten years, I have developed the group methodology of Biographical Workshops after training and dialogue in the international networks of Life Histories and Education, as well as the study of new developments on qualitative research within the social sciences. My research interests are especially focused on the creative and transformative effects of participatory biographical research. Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Brown and Rutgers Universities working among the Portuguese community in Newark (2014-15). Author of many scientific works on biographical research for the study of migrations. Invited Professor in several national and international Post-Graduation Programs.
Héloïse Lecomte has completed a PhD on contemporary British and Irish fiction and currently teaches English at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. Her research themes are the narrative and fictional representations of mourning and their dialogue with poetic, musical and visual elegies and she is now working on the representation of consolation in contemporary anglophone literature. Together with Alice Borrego, Dr Gero Guttzeit and Prof. Esther Peeren, she is the co-organizer of the international interdisciplinary seminar ‘Invisible Lives, Silent Voices’ and she co-edited with Alice Borrego the issue of the journal Études britanniques contemporaines entitled ‘Invisible Lives, Silent Voices’.
Helga Lenart-Cheng – PhD, Harvard University, Comparative Literature) teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California in the Bay Area. Her research focuses on autobiographical genres, theories of subjectivity, community and memory, phenomenological hermeneutics, and French, German and Eastern European literatures. Her articles appeared in New Literary History, History&Memory, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Biography, Cultural Politics, Life Writing, Hungarian Cultural Studies, a/b: Auto/Biography, etc. Her co-authored monograph on the exiled writer Alexander Lenard (Wanderer of Worlds) was published in 2016. Her new book, Story Revolutions: Collective Narratives from the Enlightenment to the Digital Age (2022), explores the role of autobiographical storytelling in building democracy. Visit helgalenartcheng.com.
Jacek Leociak is Professor at the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) and a founder of the Group for Holocaust Research at IFiS (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology). He is a member of the editorial board of Holocaust: Studies and Materials. With Barbara Engelking he co-curated the Holocaust Gallery at POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. He was the initiator of the temporary exhibition Muranów Here (June 2020–March 2021). Professor Leociak has published numerous volumes about the Holocaust: Tekst wobec zagłady. O relacjach z getta warszawskiego (1977; English ed.: Text in the Face of Destruction: Accounts from the Warsaw Ghetto Reconsidered (2004, Żydowski Instytut Historyczny; 2nd ed. 2016; German ed. 2018); with Barbara Engelking: Getto Warszawskie. Przewodnik po nieistniejącym mieście (2001; English ed. The Warsaw Ghetto: A Guide to the Perished City, 2009, Yale UP; 2nd edition 2013);Doświadczenia graniczne. Studia o dwudziestowiecznych formach reprezentacji (2009, English ed. with Alex Shannon Limit Experiences: A Study of Twentieth-Century Forms of Representation, Peter Lang, 2018); Ratowanie. Opowieści Polaków I Żydów [Rescuing. Accounts of Poles and Jews] (2010, 2nd ed. 2018); Spojrzenia na Warszawskie Getto (2011) [Looking at the Warsaw Ghetto]. Biografie ulic. O żydowskich ulicach Warszawy. Od narodzin po Zagładę (2017) [Biographies of Streets: On Jewish Streets of Warsaw from Birth to Extermination]. Młyny boże. Zapiski o Kościele i Zagładzie [Polish Mills: Notes on the Church and the Holocaust] (2018, 2nd ed. 2021); Wieczne strapienie. O Kłamstwie, historii i kościele [Eternal Distress: On Lies, History, and the Church] (2020); with Zofia Waślicka-Żmijewska and Artur Żmijewski: Warszawski Trójkąt Zagłady [The Warsaw Triangle of Extermination] (2020). Zapraszamy do Nieba. O nawróconych zbrodniarzach [Welcome to Heaven: On Reformed Murderers] (2022). With Marta Janczewska he co-edited an anthology devoted to the Ringelblum Archive (National Library of Poland, 2019).
Maciej Libich is a Ph.D. student at the Doctoral School of Humanities at the University of Warsaw. His research focus is in 20th-century avant-garde literature and WWII diaries. He is an editor at the Polish literary magazines „Literatura na Świecie” and „Wizje”.
Gabriele Linke is Professor (retired) of British and American cultural studies at the University of Rostock, Germany. In her book on popular literature as cultural memory (Populärliteratur als kulturelles Gedächtnis, 2003), she examines contemporary British and American series romances with regard to the construction and memorialization of national history. Her interest in the teaching of culture(s) resulted in the edited volume Teaching Cultural Studies: Methods, Matters, Models (2011). In cultural studies, she has focused on postcoloniality and transculturality in British and American film. Furthermore, she has co-edited five thematic volumes of interdisciplinary gender studies. Previously, however, contemporary autobiography has evolved as her main field of research, which resulted in, for example, the collection British Autobiography in the 20th and 21st Centuries (2017), co-edited with Sarah Herbe. Her guest professorship at Hong Duc University, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam, in the spring of 2022 sparked a research interest in transcultural Vietnamese life narratives.
Małgorzata Litwinowicz is Assistant Professor in the Section for Cultural History. Her primary fields of research include 19th century history of Polish and Lithuanian cultures, problems of modernity and modernization. Author of the book On Lithuanian Antiquities. Mythologisation of History in 19th century Writings in Former Grand Duchy of Lithuania (2008), and The change that has not happened. Three attempts of reading Reymont co-author of research project "Expositions of modernity. State and local exhibitions on Polish territories 1821-1929 and experience of modernisation processes". Currently working on project devoted to "domestication" of Baltic Sea in Polish culture and middle-war period and cultural history of national parks in Poland in the same period.
Ioana Luca is Professor in the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University. She has published on life writing, exiles’ literature, memory studies and transnational American studies. Her publications include articles in Social Text, Rethinking History, Prose Studies, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, European Journal of Life Writing, Slavic and East European Journal, Journal of American Studies, and in several edited volumes, including Cultures of Mobility and Alterity: Crossing the Balkans and Beyond (2022). She also coedited several special issues, most recently Postsocialist Literatures in the US in Twentieth Century Literature (2019) and The Cultures of Global Post/socialisms in Comparative Literature Studies (with Claudia Sadowski-Smith, 2022).
Katarzyna Macedulska is assistant professor in the Department of American Literature, Faculty of English, at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She holds a PhD in American literature (2010, Cotutelle de thèse: Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland). Among others, she is author of Remembering Oneself, Charting the Other – Memory as Intertextuality and Self-Reflexivity in the Works of Paul Auster(Wissenschaftlier Verlag Trier, 2012) and co-author of The Self and the World – Aspects of the Aesthetics and Politics in Contemporary North American Literary Memoir by Women (with Agnieszka Rzepa and Dagmara Drewniak, Wydawnictwo UAM, 2018). Her research focuses on contemporary literature in English with a particular focus on memory, trauma, narrative, and autobiographical writing.
Bilyana Manolova is a second-year student in the Research Master’s programme Comparative Literary Studies at Utrecht University. She is currently writing her thesis on post-socialist intimacy and subjectivity in life writing from Bulgaria, Russia, and Ukraine, under the supervision of Dr Anna Poletti.
Hélène Martinelli is Assistant Professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. She has a PhD in comparative literature from the Aix-Marseille University and the Sorbonne University (Dissertation title: "The Practice, Imagination and Poetics of Self-illustration in Central Europe (1909-1939): Alfred Kubin, Josef Váchal and Bruno Schulz"). Her main research topics are Central European literature, book history and illustration. She co-edited the proceedings of the international conference held in Lyon on "Commissioned works in contemporary literature" in COnTEXTES. Revue de sociologie de la littérature, nr 29: "Logiques de la commande (XXe-XXIe)" (2020) and an issue of Otrante on the «Fantastic effigies from Central Europe» (nr 52, 2022).
Lucyna Marzec is a researcher of literature and life writing. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Literary Theory, Twentieth-Century Literature and the Art of Translation at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. At Adam Mickiewicz University she co-founded the Center for the Study of Cultural Gender and Identity and the Life Writing Working Group. She is an editor-in-chief of "Czas Kultury" journal.
Sam Meekings is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Northwestern University in Qatar. He is the author of Under Fishbone Clouds (called "a poetic evocation of the country and its people" by the New York Times), The Book of Crows, and The Afterlives of Dr Gachet. He has also been featured on the BBC website, in The Independent, on Arena on Radio 1, and in the National Geographic He is the co-editor of The Place and the Writer: International Intersections of Teacher Lore and Creative Writing Pedagogy (Bloomsbury, 2021), and Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade: Practice, Praxis, Print (Routledge, 2021). He has taught writing at NYU and the University of Chichester in the UK, and has a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.
Hanna Meretoja is Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory at the University of Turku and Principal Investigator in the Academy of Finland research consortium "Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory" (2018-2023). Her monographs include The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (2018) and The Narrative Turn in Fiction and Theory (2014). She has co-edited The Use and Abuse of Stories: New Directions in Narrative Hermeneutics (2023), The Routledge Companion to Literature and Trauma (2020), Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative (2018) and special issues of Memory Studies ("Cultural Memorial Forms", 2021) and Poetics Today ("Critical Approaches to the Storytelling Boom", 2022). Her novel Elotulet (2022, The Night of Ancient Lights) deals with getting a breast cancer diagnosis, partly based on her own experience.
Rowa Nabil is an assistant lecturer and PhD candidate at the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, Egypt. Specializing in cultural studies, she concluded a research project on Arab youth artivism and protest songs accompanying the popular uprisings erupting in late 2010. The project resulted in an MA thesis entitled The Young Sing Back: On Protest Songs and the Rise of an Alternative National-Popular Consciousness in the Arab World (Cairo University, 2020), a research paper entitled "Hybrid Identities/Hybrid Music: The Political Aesthetics of Arab Youth Music Performances in Diaspora" (Faculty of Music Education, Egypt, 2020), and a paper presentation "Youth Protest Music as Counter Discourse in Egypt" (Music and Culture Studies Conference, DAKAM, Turkey, 2016). Rowa is currently working on her PhD thesis, investigating memory narratives by political prisoners in South Africa, USA, and Egypt, in the second half of the twentieth century.
Alexandra Nagel is historian in the field of western esotericism. She is an independent researcher and guest curator of the Philip Meerloo Collection at the Allard Pierson, Amsterdam. Nagel currently works on a public edition of her PhD thesis that centers around the German hand-reader Julius Spier (1887–1942). Her previous research involved the Dutch diarist Etty Hillesum (1914–1943), the Polish mentalist Wolf Messing (1899–1974), and the Indian guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926–2011). Publications: ‘From Chiromancy to Psychochirology: The Modern Transformation of a Mantic Art’, Aries21:2 (2021) 246-270 – ‘The Hands of Albert Einstein: Einstein’s Involvement with Hand-Readers and a Dutch Psychic’, Correspondences 9:1 (2021) 49-87 – forthcoming: ‘Dr. Tenhaeff en de handleeskunde’, Tijdschrift voor Parapsychologie en Bewustzijnsonderzoek 90:1 (2023) 6-12, and ‘Palmistry, an Art Between the Occult and Medicine: Illustrated by German Practitioners during the Interbellum’, Arcana Naturae.
Juulia Niiniranta is conducting her doctoral dissertation about visual narratives of trauma and peace in Tampere Peace Research Institute TAPRI, Finland. Niiniranta is also studying certified brief therapy at the Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute. Niiniranta works as an illustrator and photographer, and has experience in various cultural and social projects.
Iana Nikitenko is a PhD fellow at the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and is working on the FWO-funded research project 'Radiobiographies. Innovations in Genre and Medium (1945-2020)', with a focus on English and German radio productions. She obtained an International Master's degree (EMJMD) in Children's Literature, Media and Culture at the University of Glasgow (UK), where she wrote her dissertation on the representation of the traumatic Soviet past in biographical graphic narratives. Her other research interests centre around literary and media studies, radio studies, life-writing, aural and visual narratives and transmedia storytelling.
Betty O'Neill is a lecturer in Creative Intelligence at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her current research is focused on intergenerational homelessness and the unique and varied stories from past generations including that of her Polish father, and from the present - her own lived experience, that are linked by the trauma of not having a safe, secure home. Her relevant recent publications include: 'I Can’t Call Australia Home: Finding My Father in the Archives', Life Writing, 2017 – ‘A Father’s Cold War Exile and a Daughter’s Search for Reconciliation’ in Keene, J. & Rechniewski, E. (eds) Seeking Meaning, Seeking Justice in a Post-Cold War World, 2018, Brill Publishing and The Other Side of Absence: Discovering my father’s secrets, 2020, Ventura Press.
Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle is Professor of English at The College of New Jersey. She is Editor in Chief of a/b: Auto/biography Studies. Her work appears in Life Writing, European Journal of Life Writing, Persona Studies, and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. She is a 2021-22 Fulbright Research Chair of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Canada. Her book, Américanas, Autocracy, and Autobiographical Innovation: Overwriting the Dictator (2020) is published with the Routledge Auto/biography Studies Series. Her collection, In the Spaces Provided: Career Narratives and Academic Womanhood is forthcoming with Routledge Press for its Autobiography Studies Series (2023).
Aneta Ostaszewska – professor at the University of Warsaw. The Director of the Centre for Women's and Gender Research. I work at the intersection of social sciences and cultural studies. My research is concerned with auto/biography, feminism, and the politics of (in)equality. I am an author of a book devoted to bell hooks (2018).
Magdalena Ożarska – Ph.D. habil. is Associate Professor at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce, Poland. She is the author of Meanderings of the English Enlightenment: The Literary Oeuvre of Christopher Smart (2008), Lacework or Mirror? Diary Poetics of Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley (2013), and Two Women Writers and their Italian Tours: Mary Shelley’s "Rambles in Germany and Italy in 1840, 1842 and 1843" and Łucja Rautenstrauchowa’s In and Beyond the Alps (2014). Her research interests include 18th- and 19th-century English and Polish women’s self-writing, transnational reception studies of European women’s writing, human-animal studies and critical plant studies, and most recently – contemporary spiritual autobiography.
Diana Painca obtained her doctorate in Languages, Letters and Translation (Free University of Brussels, 2020). Her pioneering research connected Translation Studies with Oral History on communism. Some of her publications include Re-enacting the past: the translation of performativity in oral history interviews (FITISPos International Journal, vol. 8, no. 1, 2021), Giving the past a voice: Oral History on Romanian Communism in translation (in Zhang/Froeliger Traduire, un engagement politique, pp. 131-155, Peter Lang 2021). Her book Giving the past a voice: oral history on communism in translation was published in 2022 by Peter Lang. She was one of the editors of the volumes Poétiques, Mythes et Croyances (EME Éditions 2019) and Royauté(s): entre historicité et imaginaire (EME Éditions, 2021). Painca was a Recognised Student at the University of Oxford (research stay funded by the "Ratiu Family Foundation" Grant, 2018), being currently a postdoctoral fellow at Transilvania University, Brasov (Romania).
Paulina Pająk works at the University of Wrocław (Faculty of Letters, Institute of English Studies). Her research focuses on interwar culture and modernist literature, with an emphasis on Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury Group, transnational publishing networks, and modernist legacies in contemporary literature. As an editor and author, she participated in a transatlantic project, along with researchers from the US and Canada – she co-edited The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and Contemporary Global Literature (2021). Her publications include articles and chapters in Virginia Woolf and Heritage, Woolf Studies Annual, Virginia Woolf and the World of Books, Politeja, and Women’s History Review. A member of the International Virginia Woolf Society and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, she has presented her research at international conferences, organized by (among others) University of Göttingen, University of Oxford, and University of St Andrews.
Natalia Panas completed bachelor studies in Croatian philology (2016) and master's studies in Balkan studies (2018) at the Institute of Slavic Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Language and Literature Sciences UAM and cooperate with the The Laboratory of Balkan Gender and Trans-Cultural Studies (IFS, UAM). She is currently working on the doctoral topic "Cultural Memory and the Serbian Emancipatory Discourse in Autobiographical Texts by Female Authors (19th-20th century)" under the mentorship of prof. Magdalena Koch. This project is funded by the National Science Center in Poland. So far, she has researched The Memoirs of Delfa Ivanić and The Diary of Teodora Krajewska, and she has also published articles and presented papers on these works at conferences.
Nancy Pedri is Professor of English at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she has taught since 2006. Her major fields of research include comics studies, word and image studies, and photography in literature. She has edited or co-edited ten books on comics and multimodality in literature and authored two books, Experiencing Visual Storyworlds: Focalization in Comics with S. Horstkotte (Ohio State UP, 2022) and A Concise Dictionary of Comics (UP of Mississippi, 2022). Her co-authored article on Focalization in Graphic Narrative won the 2012 James Phelan Award for the Best Essay in Narrative, a top literary studies journal.
Anna Pekaniec – literary scholar, assistant professor with a habilitation degree at the Chair of Contemporary Criticism at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University. Author of two monographs on women's personal document literature: Is there a woman in this autobiography? Women's Personal Document Literature from the Beginning of the 19th Century to the Outbreak of World War II (Krakow 2013); Autobiographers. Sketches on women's personal document literature (Krakow 2020) as well as numerous scientific publications in collective volumes and scoring journals including Pamiętnik Literacki, Wielogłos, Autobiografia. Literatura. Kultura. Media, Zagadnienia Rodzajów Literackich. Head of the Workshop of Biography and Autobiography Research (Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University). She cooperates with the Research Centre for Children's and Young People's Literature (UJ). Her research interests include women’s autobiographies and women's epistolography, biographies, the history of women's literature (from the nineteenth century to the present), feminist literary criticism, narrative theories of identity.
Cathy Perkins is a writer and editor based in Sydney, Australia. Her book The Shelf Life of Zora Cross (Monash University Publishing, 2019) is a biography of a previously little-known Australian writer of the early twentieth century. It was Highly Commended in the National Biography Award and shortlisted for the Australian History Prize of the New South Wales Premier’s History Awards. She holds a Master of Arts (Research) in History from the University of Sydney and is currently enrolled in a PhD in Creative Practice (Non-fiction writing) at the University of New South Wales for a biography project on three female political playwrights.
Joanna Piechura is a graduate student at the University of Warsaw, as well as a translator and literary critic. Her research focus is in Comparative Literature, Modernist Studies, and Environmental Humanities. She is an editor at the Polish literary magazine "Wizje" [Visions].
Anna Piniewska – Ph.D. student at the Doctoral School of Humanities at University of Warsaw, student at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art. She is co-founder and co-edithor of the "Parabaza" series, she publishes in collective books and Polish academic journals. Her interests are focused on disability studies, poetics of drama and contemporary theatre.
Anna Poletti is Associate Professor of English Language and Culture at Utrecht University. Their research interests are contemporary life writing and media materialities. Anna’s latest publications include the Graphic Medicine special issue of Biography: an interdisciplinary quarterly (co-edited with Erin La Cour), and an essay on do-it-yourself life writing and creativity in minnesota review (vol. 100). They are a member of the Reading For Our Lives research team (hosted by the University of Alberta) which combines the fields of life writing and reader studies to examine the role of social media in facilitating collective experiences of reading life writing.
Jeremy Popkin is professor of history at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky, USA). Known primarily for his research and publications on the French and Haitian Revolutions, he has also been active in the field of life-writing studies. His contributions in that field include: History, Historians and Autobiography (2005), Zelda Popkin: The Life and Times of an American Jewish Woman Writer (2023) and numerous articles. He has participated in IABA conferences in 2000, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016.
Maria Puri is an independent scholar and translator with degrees in Indology (Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, Warsaw) and Islamic Studies (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi). Her academic interests include Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu literature with special focus on autobiographies written by women and articulations of identity, study of religion with special emphasis on Islam and Sikhism, as well as the theory and practice of translation. She has translated a number of Polish literary works into Hindi as well as the Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi works into English and Polish.
Krista Quesenberry is an Assistant Professor of English at Albion College in Albion, Michigan (USA). She studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century life-writing – from memoirs to comics, with special attention to queer and disability themes. For more than ten years, Krista served as an editorial and research assistant for the Letters of Ernest Hemingway (Cambridge UP), and she is currently co-editing a volume of correspondence between author Kay Boyle and publisher James Laughlin (under contract with W. W. Norton) and completing a long-term project on the memoirs and archives of modernist marvel Margaret Anderson. She has previously presented at the IABA-Americas conference (2015), as well as for the American Literature Association, International Society for the Study of Narrative, Modern Language Association, and more. Krista holds dual-title Ph.D.s in English and in Women’s Studies from Penn State University (2016), and at Albion she teaches professional writing, technical writing, and journalism.
Julie Rak (FRSC) is Professor and H.M. Tory Chair in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her books include False Summit: Gender in Mountaineering Nonfiction (2021), Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market (2013) and Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (2004). She is the editor of the Identities volume of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory (2021) and the collectionAutobiography in Canada (2005). She has co-edited with Anna Poletti Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online (2014). With Keavy Martin she edited the reissue of Inuk author Mini Aodla Freeman’s memoir, Life Among the Qallunaat (2014). With Jeremy Popkin, she edited a collection of Philippe Lejeune’s essays translated into English, On Diary (2009) and she co-edited Mountain Masculinity: the Writings of Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood, 1911-1938 (2008). With Bill Mullen, she edited a cluster of essays for Biography on the idea of academic freedom (2020) and with Hannah McGregor and Erin Wunker, she edited the activist anthology Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (2018). Her latest book is The Routledge Introduction to Auto/biography (2022), written with Sonja Boon, Laurie McNeill and Candida Rifkind. She holds a SSHRC IDG grant on contemporary journaling as a post-digital practice.
Marta Rakoczy is assistant professor in Institute of Polish Culture (University of Warsaw) and coordinator in Korczakianum (Museum of Warsaw). Her interest are critical literacy studies, history of polish modernisation, anthropology of education and critical childhood studies. She is the author of the books: Władza liter. Polskie procesy modernizacyjne a awangarda (2022) [The Power of Letters. Polish Modernisation Processes and Avangarde]; Polityki pisma. Szkice plenerowe z pajdocentrycznej nowoczesności (2018) [Politics of Writing. Field Sketches from Paidocentric Modernity]; Słowo, działanie, kontekst. O etnograficznej koncepcji języka Bronisława Malinowskiego (2012) [Word, action, context. On Bronislaw Malinowski’s ethnographic conception of language]. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Childhood (Childhoods UW) operating at University of Warsaw.
Helga Ramsey-Kurz is associate professor at the English Department of the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her research interests include postcolonial fiction as well as migrant and refugee writing, which she likes to examine by placing a special focus on social and economic inequality. Her publications on migration include: On the Move: The Journey of Refugees in New Literatures in English (2012) and Projections of Paradise: Ideal Elsewheres in Postcolonial Migrant Literature (2011), both edited together with Geetha Ganapathy-Doré, and the bilingual collection, Fluchtgeschichten-Refugee Narratives (2019), which ensued from the life writing cum teaching initiative, ARENA (Archive of Refugee Encounter Narratives).
Marleen Rensen is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European Literature at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is the author of many journal articles and book chapters, and the co-editor of volumes including Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life Writing (Sidestone 2020), Transnational Perspectives on Artists’ Lives (Palgrave 2020) and Networks, Narratives and Nations. Transcultural Approaches to Cultural Nationalism in Modern Europe and Beyond (Amsterdam University Press 2022).
Paweł Rodak is a historian of Polish culture, Professor at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw; professeur associé and director of the Center of Polish Civilisation at the Sorbonne University in Paris (2016-2019), head of the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw (2012-2016). He is a member of the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA Europe). His main publications: Wizje kultury pokolenia wojennego [Visions of Culture in the War Generation] (2000); edition of Andrzej Trzebiński’s Pamiętnik [Diary], which was kept during the Second World War (2001); Pismo, książka, lektura. Rozmowy [Writing, Book, Lecture. Conversations with Jacques Le Goff, Roger Chartier, Jean Hébrard, Daniel Fabre, Philippe Lejeune] (2009); Między zapisem a literaturą. Dziennik polskiego pisarza w XX wieku (Żeromski, Nałkowska, Dąbrowska, Gombrowicz, Herling-Grudziński) [Between the Written Practice of Everyday Life and Literature. Polish Writer’s Diary in the 20th Century] (2011); edition of the book with articles of Philippe Lejeune on diaries translated into Polish „Drogi zeszycie…”, „drogi ekranie...” O dziennikach osobistych [« Dear notebook… », « Dear screen…». About diaries] (2010); edition of the book with articles of Roger Chartier on history of the book and history of reading translated into Polish Czy książki wywołują rewolucje ? Szkice z historii książki, lektury i kultury piśmiennej [Do books make revolutions? On the history of books, reading and writing culture] (2019); Rethinking modern Polish identities: transnational encounters, edited by Agnieszka Pasieka and Pawel Rodak (2022). Member of IABA Warsaw 2023 Organizing Team.
Elizabeth Rodrigues is an associate professor and humanities and digital scholarship librarian at Grinnell College. Her research focuses on life writing, critical data studies, and comparative approaches to multiethnic US literatures. She is the author of Collecting Lives: Critical Data Narrative as Modernist Aesthetic in Early Twentieth-Century U.S. Literatures(University of Michigan Press, Digital Culture Books Series). She teaches research literacy and computer science for non-majors. Other work has appeared in Biography and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.
Anne Rüggemeier is the Principle Investigator of the German-Research Council (DFG) funded project A Literary History of Isolation (17th to 21st Century English Literature) and teaches English Literature at the University of Freiburg, Germany. As a member of the ERC-funded project Lists in Literature and Culture (LISTLIT), she has published extensively on the poetics of list-making, life writing, relationality, graphic narratives, and in the field of medical humanities. Her work appeared in Poetics Today, Journal of Comics and Graphic Novels, European Journal of Life Writing, and a/b: Autobiography Studies. She coedited the volume Forms of List-Making: Epistemic, Literary, and Visual Enumeration (Palgrave 2022) and authored the monograph Die relationale Autobiographie (WVT, 2014). Her new monograph The Literary History of the List (co-authored with Eva von Contzen and Roman Barton) will be published with Palgrave in 2023.
Zuzanna Sala – PhD candidate in the literary studies program within the Doctoral School in the Humanities at Jagiellonian University. Critic, vice-editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine KONTENT, co-founder of the foundation of the same name. She has published in Wielogłos, Praktyka Teoretyczna, Litteraria Copernicana, Forum of Poetics and in the monographs Doświadczenia negatywne w poezji XXI wieku [Negative Experiences in 21st Century Poetry] (Torun 2017) and Współczesne życie literackie [Contemporary Literary Life] (Torun 2018), among others.
Cristine Sarrimo is Associate professor in Literary studies at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund university, Sweden. She does research on contemporary migration literature, life writing, cultural journalism and literary public spheres. In her latest monograph, Det spökskrivna jaget. Zlatan, marknaden och läsarna (2021) [The ghostwritten self. Zlatan, the market and the readers] she explores the reception, mediatization and the marketing of David Lagercrantz (auto)biography on Ibrahimovic. She contributes to the research program Academia and Cultural Production as ‘Postmigrant’ Fields in Sweden. Her contribution is to explore the carrier paths and networks of authors and cultural journalists with migrant background, and how they attain visibility and recognition in the contemporary Swedish literary field.
Laura Schlosberg currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Academic and Curriculum Support in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and her Master’s and PhD in History from Duke University. This paper is part of her book project with Academic Studies Press, The Queen of Muses and of Beauty: A Creative Biography of Zinaida Aleksandrovna Volkonskaia.
Anna Seidl is former principal dancer at the National Ballet, Amsterdam, is assistant professor at the department of cultural analysis and German studies at the University of Amsterdam. After finishing a bigger project on W.G. Sebald’s emotionally charged historiography her research revolved around questions of narrativity, visual cultures, and dance. Her latest work addresses topics such as "Europe: narratives and frames", "body and motion pictures", "dance on screen", "Covid frames and semantics", and narratological structures in political/cultural discourses that are published amongst others at Oxford University Press. The paper she will present is a stepping stone for a bigger European funded project (Horizon 2022) on perceptions and life narratives of East European female authors.
Piotr Sidorowicz – PhD candidate in Doctoral School of Humanities at University of Warsaw. Co-founder of the "Parabaza" series. He writes doctoral thesis about Stefan Żółkiewski and entanglement of his academic activity in politics, institulional backgroud and intimacy circles. His scientific interests focus on theoretical literary studies and its hisotry, as well as around formal and informal institutions of the humanities. He publishes papers in several polish journals and collective books.
Meritxell Simon-Martin – Ramón y Cajal Fellow, Department of Educational Sciences, University of Lleida (Spain). PhD in History of Education (Winchester University), her research lies at the crossroads of Women's and Gender History and Life Writing. She's the author of numerous publications on mid-Victorian feminist, artist and philanthropist Barbara Bodichon.
Agnieszka Sobolewska teaches at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw. She specializes in the cultural history of psychoanalysis in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of articles and books devoted to life writing and psychoanalysis, the cultural history of psychology in Poland, and German colonial imagination. Her forthcoming book is titled Theories and Practices of Psychoanalysis in Central Europe. Narrative Assemblages of Self Analysis, Life Writing, and Fiction (Routledge, The History of Psychoanalysis book series, 2023).
Monica Soeting studied philosophy at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained PhD degrees in philosophy and history from the University of Maastricht and from the University Groningen, respectively.
Dr. Monica Soeting co-founded the European Section of the International Auto/Biography Association, as well as the European Journal of Life Writing, where she was editor-in-chief from 2011 to 2019. Together with Mirjam Nieboer she established the Dutch Diary Archives as well as the European Diary Archives and Collections Network. She edited the Dutch journals Biografie Bulletin (2005–2011), Surplus (1994–1999) and De Gids (2000–2002). Monica Soeting worked as an editor at Dutch publishing houses for several years. She has lectured at the University of Utrecht, the University of Groningen, the University of Amsterdam, and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She has also acted as an advisor for the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the Flanders Literature Foundation.
In 2015, Dr. Monica Soeting published a biography of Dutch writer Cissy van Marxveldt (1889-1948), and in 2010, together with biographer Dik van der Meulen, Hoe schrijf ik een biografie (How to write a biography). As a critic, she wrote numerous book reviews for Dutch newspapers and magazines, such as Vrij Nederland, Trouw and de Volkskrant. Currently, Monica Soeting is preparing a biography of the Dutch Queen Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont (1858-1936).
Honorata Sroka – PhD researcher in literature at the University of Warsaw, cooperator of the Center for Avant-Garde Studies (Jagiellonian University). Her research interests include the art of Franciszka and Stefan Themerson, the experimental life-writing practices and archives of the avant-gardes.
Katarzyna Stańczak-Wiślicz is assistant profesor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Research interest: gender and women’s history in post-1945 Poland, history of popular culture. Co-author of the book Women in Poland 1945-1989. Modernity, Equality, Communism [Kobiety w Polsce 1945-1989. Nowoczesność, równouprawnienie, komunizm]. Current research: personal narratives of the crisis of the 1980s. in Poland.
Magdalena Staroszczyk is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw. She holds an MA in cultural studies. Her interests include the counterculture and its artistic practices, feminism, gender and queer studies, performance studies, and art. Her PhD project is about the situation of and discourse on non-heteronormative women in Poland before and after 1989. She works as a curator in the Museum of Warsaw. She is also an artist and activist, a member of Black Rags collective (Czarne Szmaty). She has authored an article about lesbian identity in pre 1989 Poland (Routledge, 2021).
Shira Stav is a scholar of Hebrew and comparative literature, a poet, a translator, and a literary critic. She is senior lecturer in the department of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her research areas are contemporary poetry and fiction, life writing, Feminist studies and Psychoanalysis. Her current research project explores Poetic memoirs and the turn of contemporary Isreli poetry towards personal documentation. She is the author of Reconstructing Daddy: Fathers and Daughters in Modern Hebrew Poetry (Dvir 2014); The Return of the Absent Father: A New Reading of a chain of Stories from the Babylonian Talmud (Penn press 2022, together with Haim Weiss) and many journal articles. This year (2022-23) she is a visiting scholar at Oxford center for Hebrew and Jewish studies at Oxford University.
Regine Strätling is DAAD Visiting Professor in the Department of World Literature and Languages at the University of Montreal since September 2022. Her research focuses on the history and theory of autobiography, the media of mourning, the aesthetics of play, and the intellectual history of Western Europe in the 20th century. Recent publications (selection): Self-Reflexive Maoism? Alberto Moravia’s pre-’68 Critique of the Consumer Society, in: Álvaro J Vidal et. al. (ed.), Other ‘68s: Lineages and Legacies of May ‘68’, Bern: Peter Lang, 2022; the entries "Referentiality", "roland BARTHES par roland barthes," and "Michel Leiris, La Règle du jeu," in: Autobiography / Autofiction. An International and Interdisciplinary Handbook, 3 Vols., ed. Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, Berlin/New York: de Gruyter, 2019; Sich selbst aufs Spiel setzen. Spiel als Technik und Medium von Subjektivierung, Munich: Fink, 2016 (ed. together with Christian Moser).
Giedrė Šmitienė is a senior researcher at the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. She works on oral and written narratives (individual life stories) analyzing them from the perspectives of phenomenology and post-phenomenology. Currently Giedrė Šmitienė is involved in the research of epistoliarium and explores the intersubjective everyday relationships. Šmitienė has courses of phenomenological anthropology and phenomenological approach for postgraduate students. She is an author of monograph Speaking with the Body. A Phenomenological Study of the Oeuvre of Alfonsas Nyka-Niliūnas, co-author of the monograph The Legs of a Snake. The Concept of Disability in Life Stories and some other articles.
Valeria Taddei is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin. She obtained her doctorate from the University of Oxford in May 2020, having studied literary epiphanies in Italian and English short stories by Luigi Pirandello, James Joyce, Federigo Tozzi and Katherine Mansfield. Her current research project focuses on the handling of "self" in writers' diaries written in Italian, English, and French at the beginning of the 20th century. Her main research field is literary criticism, with particular interests in comparative studies, twentieth-century fiction, and European modernism.
Marcin Telicki is professor of literature in Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He published 2 books: on Julia Hartwig's poems and on modern experience of everyday life and its poetry representations. He also organised conferences in the series "Dialogues of Literature and Art" and was coeditor of several edited monographs (on Różewicz, Herling-Grudziński, avantgarde, iconoclasm, modern community, et al.). His main research interests are: modern literature (especially poetry), relationship between literature and art, popular culture, and ethics in literature.
Petra Teunissen-Nijsse published a biography on the Dutch writer Clare Lennart, ‘Voor ‘t gewone leven ongeschikt’, her PhD-thesis in 2017. Besides scholarly interest in literary biography, she is very interested in ‘everyday life stories’. She supervises a group of volunteers who write life books for the elderly. She also writes for Biografieportaal.nl
Christoph Thonfeld is a historian and has done research and/or taught at Bremen University, Hagen University and Trier University (all in Germany), at Cheng Chi University and National Taiwan Normal University (both in Taiwan/ROC) and at University College London (UK). Currently, he is head of research department at Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site in Germany. His main areas of interest are 20th century German and European history, especially the Nazi era and its aftermath (Nazi crimes trials and pertinent media coverage, remembrance of the Nazi past, research into changes in Holocaust survivor testimony over time), Oral History and Memory Studies. He authored three monographs: Normalisierung des Außergewöhnlichen. Der Wandel der Erinnerungskultur des Zweiten Weltkriegs und des Holocaust in Deutschland 1990-2010, Taipei 2015; Rehabilitierte Erinnerungen? Individuelle Erfahrungsverarbeitungen und kollektive Repräsentationen von NS-Zwangsarbeit im internationalen Vergleich, Essen 2014; Sozialkontrolle und Eigensinn. Denunziation am Beispiel Thüringens 1933-1949, Cologne/ Weimar/ Vienna 2003.
Antonina Tosiek is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral School of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She is a researcher of 20th-century folk diaries and has published scientific texts on literature and theater, as well as chapters in scientific monographs. Her research interests encompass contemporary critical methodologies, post-dependence, post-colonialism and feminism. In 2021, Antonina was awarded the Student Nobel Prize in the Literature and Journalism category, recognizing her work in the field. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, which focuses on the diaries of peasant women in the People's Republic of Poland and also runs her own series of articles devoted to the memoirs of peasants in the magazine Czas Kultury.
Petra Van Langen is a music and cultural historian. Since 2017 she is journal manager of the European Journal of Life Writing (ejlw.eu). After the IABA Europe conference in Warsaw she is stepping down from this position to devote herself entirely to the biography of the Dutch queen Anna Pavlovna (1795-1865) that is part of the project ‘The Cycle of Queenship. Four Dutch Queens in the 19th century’ and whose publication is expected in 2025-2026. Furthermore she conducts research into music history, catholic music culture and history of musicology. Besides her dissertation on Catholic musicians and the confessionalization of Dutch musical life between 1850 and 1948 in 2014, she published a history of the Catholic Society for Conductors and Organists on occasion of its centennial in 2017. She is also preparing a biography about Albert Smijers (1888-1957), the first Dutch professor in musicology. She has held board positions with several foundations and societies, including the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands. She was also coordinator of the Network of European Musicological Societies.
Zoltán Z. Varga is the head of the Department of Literary Theory at the Institute for Literary Studies, Research Center for the Humanities, Budapest, Hungary, and associate professor in the French Department of the University of Pécs, Hungary. His research covers the fields of comparative literature, life writing studies, and modern French and Hungarian literature. He is the author of 2 books, co-editor of 6 collected volumes and special issues of scholarly journals (one in English). He serves on the editorial board of the Neohelicon (managing editor between 2013–2018) and the European Journal of Life Writing. He is a member of IABA-Europe (International Auto/Biography Association, the European Chapter), the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA).
Andrés Villagrá is currently a professor at Pace University in New York, where he leads online education projects and various academic programs for the College of Arts and Sciences, where he also served as associate dean from 2012 to 2014. As a specialist in autobiography and Spanish literature in exile, and literature in Asturian language, he has published in prestigious literary magazines in the United States and Spain such as Hispania, Quarterly Review, Notas Universitarias, Cuadernos de ALDEUU, Lletres Asturianes, Ojáncano, Confluencia, as well as entries in several encyclopedic volumes. Some of his most recent works on life-writing studies focuses on relational autobiography, grief and bereavement and digital autobiographical representations (photography, comics and social media). His projects on the application of technology in the classroom and online education have appeared in specialized computer-assisted journals. He is a vocal member of the Hispanic Culture Foundation, the International Association of American Hispanists.
Nadine Walter (she/her) is a 3rd year doctoral researcher at the interdisciplinary graduate school "Hermeneutic Power – Religion and Belief Systems in Conflicts over Interpretive Power") of the German Research Association (DFG) at the University of Rostock. After her studies in Göttingen (Germany) and Amherst, Massachusetts, (USA) she worked at the Emigration Museum in Hamburg before committing full-time to her academic career. Her research interests include American Christianities, Women and Gender Studies, Life Writing, Memory Studies, and American Popular Culture.
Jagoda Wierzejska is a historian of contemporary literature and culture, an associated professor at the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw. In 2011 she defended her PhD and won the Prize of the Polish Emigration Archive for the best PhD dissertation on the emigration topic. A fellow of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv, Ukraine (2016) and the University of Vienna, Austria (2017). The winner of the scholarship competition for the most prominent young scholars in Poland (2018-2020). The principal investigator of the research project “(Multi)national Eastern Galicia in the interwar Polish discourse (and in its selected counter-discourses)” (2019-2022).
Alexander Williams is a second-year doctoral candidate at the Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG), University of Groningen. Focusing on the former Aktion Reinhard death camps – Bełżec, Sobibór and Treblinka – his research explores why extermination camp survivors viewed themselves as spectral entities, as ‘human ghosts’ who neither belonged to the living nor the dead. Through the narration of spatiotemporal aspects within survivor testimony, he attempts to answer why this was so. Alexander has previously written on the topic of ghosts in conjunction with the figure of the so-called Muselmann. Prior to receiving his Research Master’s degree (cum laude) in Literary Studies from the University of Amsterdam in 2020, he worked as a teacher and guidance councillor at a vocational school. He is also affiliated with the Dutch Sobibor Foundation and the European Journal for Life Writing.
Łukasz Wróbel is assistant professor at the Department of Poetics, Theory of Literature and Methodology of Literary Research at the Institute of Polish Literature of the University of Warsaw, Poland. Author of the book Hylé and noesis. Three Interwar Conceptions of Applied Literature (Toruń 2013). He is currently preparing a dissertation on the architectonics of encyclopedic works.
Angeliki Ypsilanti is English teacher in Secondary Education. She has been teaching English (as well as History and Greek and European Culture) since 2003. She holds two B.A. degrees, one in English Language and Literature from the University of Athens, Greece and the other in Hispanic Language and Civilization Studies from the Hellenic Open University, Greece as well as an M.Ed. in TEFL/TEIL from the Hellenic Open University. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting at Ionian University, Greece. She has a keen interest in learning foreign languages. She is a fluent speaker of English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian while she has an elementary knowledge of German and Swedish.
Antoni Zając – PhD student of Doctoral School of Humanities at the University of Warsaw. In his research, he focuses on the Polish literature of the 20th and 21st century, philosophy of literature, as well as the psychoanalytic literary criticism. His papers were published in literary studies journals such as Teksty Drugie, Pamiętnik Literacki and Wielogłos.He co-edited a volume titled "Languages of Contemporary Literature" (University of Warsaw Press, 2022). He is currently working on his dissertation on Polish-Jewish writer Leo Lipski (working title: Anarchives and Crypto(theo)logies. Experience, Memory, and Subjectivity in Leo Lipski's Prose).
Caroline Zuckerman – PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She also serves as an Editorial Assistant and the Reviews Editor of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly.
Łukasz Żurek is a philologist, literary critic, graduate of Polish philology at the University of Warsaw, doctor of humanities in the discipline of literary studies affiliated with the Department of 20th and 21st Century Literature and the Department of Poetics, Theory of Literature and Methodology of Literary Research at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the University of Warsaw, as well as the Workshop for Documentation of Contemporary Literature of the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Affiliated editor of Theoretical Practice. He is interested in the cultural-biographical dimension of literary studies, sociology of literature and contemporary Polish poetry.