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Actualités Narratologiques 2013

Private Lives, Intimate Readings - Call for paper (publié le 02 janvier 2013)

Estonian Literary Museum, Institute of Cultural Research and Fine Arts, University of Tartu

11–12 june 2013, Estonian Literary Museum

Keynote speakers: Prof. Jeremy Popkin and Dr. Paul Arthur

It can be argued that critical engagement with the private and the intimate has always been a key characteristic of life writing studies. Whether highlighting different contexts and intentions of different modes and practices of life writing, where what is deeply personal is also intensely political or focusing on the ‘structuring of the private’, life writing studies have made a noteworthy contribution to contemporary reconceptualizations of the private and the public spheres. Based on recent development of theoretical perceptions of the field of life writing, informed by, for example, research into one’s own family history, archival and oral history work as well as investigation of web-based life writing environments that have created new sites of interrogation of the private and the public, of the intimate and the official and formal, the conference aims at facilitating a discussion of the methodologies of the intimate and the ethics of the private. Questions to be considered include, but are not limited to, the following range of issues:

  • The founding assumptions that fuel inquiry of an intensely private and intimate nature, and the transformation of the initial agenda in the course of the inquiry;

  • The relational dynamics of the process, the question of ties built (and severed) as well as the contexts and media via which they are facilitated, the interrelationship of private/individual memory and cultural history;

  • Ways of dealing with and interrelating different artifacts of memory, the process of ‘sorting out’ (family) memory evidence, the weight of material evidence, the “concrete reality of a document” (N. K. Miller, C. Kraus);

  • The dynamics of the private and the public in archival and oral history work and the process of compilation of and publicizing archival resources;

  • The dynamics of private and public documents, the process of personalization of the public and the official and other acts of translation (in figurative and literal sense) and interpretation (concerning, e.g., a range of languages, cultural contexts, time periods, political regimes, and ideologies);

  • Ways of accounting for the absences of concrete realities, the frequent gap and discord between place as a geographical entity today and its memorial implications with regard to lost and destroyed realities (M.Hirsch and L.Spitzer);

  • The “intergenerational acts of transfer” (M. Hirsch) such inquiry often involves on different levels, the second-generation's responsibilities to its received memories (E. Hoffmann), questions of postmemory (M. Hirsch) and of post-postmemory;

  • The memorial aesthetic and the aesthetic and ethics of representation of intimate memory, capacities of different representational modes and artistic media for accounting for the intimate.

Please send a 300-word abstract and an approx. 200 word bio to Leena Kurvet-Käosaar (

Deadline: March 15, 2013.


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