forum voor autobiografie onderzoek
"Die meisten Menschen sind im Grundverhältnis zu sich selbst Erzähler."
(Robert Musil, Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften)

In het autobiografisch vertellen komen zowel centrale vragen uit de literatuur(wetenschap) aan de orde als de verhouding van de mens tot zichzelf. Lifewriting is een complex genre dat niet alleen autobiografieën en biografieën omvat, maar ook autofictie, brieven, dagboeken, verhalen over ziekte, getuigenissen, memoires, reisberichten, essays, interviews, autographics en andere tekstsoorten. Ook film, kunst, fotografie en sociale netwerken zijn voorbeelden van belangrijke autobiografische media.


Dit forum biedt een plek voor intensieve discussies over concrete teksten en tekstsoorten, en ook voor theoretische en methodologische reflectie over dit onderwerp. Het haakt in op actuele wetenschappelijke discussies en impulsen uit andere disciplines en speelt een actieve rol bij de ontwikkeling van nieuwe, interdisciplinaire vragen omtrent autobiografisch vertellen. De activiteiten van het forum omvatten lezingen, workshops, congressen evenals gezamenlijke colleges en publicaties.

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Volgende bijeenkomst van het Forum voor autobiografie onderzoek.

Het Forum voor Autobiografie nodigt u uit op een open zitting ter voorbereiding van een congres dat volgend jaar wordt gehouden met als titel “Beyond Endings”.
De zitting vindt plaats op woensdag 18.10.2017 om 19.30 u in het Englische Seminar van de WWU Münster, Johannisstr. 12-20, lokaal 129.
Iedereen die zich voor het thema autobiografie interesseert is van harte welkom !

CfP: Elsewhere in Elsewhen

Autofiction as Utopia

Elsewhere in Elsewhen – Autofiction as Utopia

Binational congress of the WWU Münster and RU Nijmegen

21st -23rd March 2018, Gnadenthal/Kleve

Languages: German and English


Utopia – 500 years ago, Thomas More thought of it as an island – the island as an alternative to society. In More’s text, it is an ideal world free of conflicts, while Gilles Deleuze in the middle of the twentieth century rather imagines it as a deserted place – because it is separated from the rest of the world. Utopia [gr. οὐ und τόπος, ‘not’, ‘place’], the non-existing place. Michel Foucault, Deleuze’s contemporary, underlines utopia’s relation to the present in his reflections on ‘other spaces’, which consequentially leads him to the concept of ‘heterotopia’. It is this critical potential of utopia, which thinkers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau or Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels used to steer the literary genre of utopian narratives more strongly towards a political direction. Karl Mannheim briefly summed it as follows: “Utopian is a consciousness, which is not consistent with the surrounding ‘being’”. This marks the beginning of the end of utopia’s temporalization, which started at the beginning of Modernity with novels like Louis-Sebastian Mercier’s ‘The Year 2240’ (1771). Recent research on utopia has dismissed the concept of an idealized vision of the future and discusses utopia, inter alia, as ‘impulse’, ‘method’ or ‘consciousness’. But how can such a consciousness which is not consistent with the real be conceptualized? How does it create, present and stage itself? It is here that research on utopia and on autobiography converge.

By focusing on utopia, the imaginary, the visual and the fantastic come into view, the very characteristics which differentiate the concept of ‘autofiction’ from that of ‘autobiography’. In contrast to ‘autobiography’, which is aligned with authenticity and truthfulness, ‘autofiction’ addresses the fictional aspects of literary self-designs: “Fiction of strictly real events and facts”, that is how Serge Doubrovsky defined the term, which has since been established in the recent debate on autobiography. Furthermore, the constitution of the “I” in a medium seems to be of great significance for the discussion of autobiography as utopia. Newer studies have coined the term ‘automediality’ for this. With this notion, the focus is drawn to the medial constitution of the self-design which is mostly – but definitely not exclusively – performed in the medium of scripture. Thus it appears that different media are the foundation of autobiographical – or rather autofictional – modes of articulation which each produce distinctly formed self-images. The planned conference therefore enquires primarily into the utopian aspects of autofictional self-designs and wants to shed light on the imaginary, the fantastic, but also on the socio-critical aspects of these self-images.

The specific focus of the conference derives from the so-called ‘spatial turn’, a reorientation on spatiality, its perception and conceptualization: Utopia as well as autofiction will be examined from the perspective of their spatiality. This leads to the conference’s aim of investigating the autofictional potential of spatially constituted utopias.

Possible contributions:

utopian u-topoi: The autofictional elsewhere as ideology critique
Heterotopia and Utopia: Relation to Society or Escapism?
Autobiographical Dystopia or ‚The Principal of Hope‘?
Elsewhere/In Another Time : Future and Past as Utopian Spaces
Escape attempts to author-/auto-poetics
Power of Past: Nostalgia as Utopia


Proposals for contributions in the form of an abstract (max. 300 words) with a short biographical note (including e-mail-address, postal address and institution) and research focus should be mailed until the 1st November 2017 to k.wilhelms@uni-muenster.de and y.delhey@let.ru.nl. For queries or further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Young scientists are strongly encouraged to apply. We seek to account for the travelling costs.

Concept and organization: Dr. Kerstin Wilhelms (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Dr. Yvonne Delhey (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

“Life Writing: Neue Ansätze in der Autobiographieforschung"

“Life Writing: Neue Ansätze in der Autobiographieforschung

De collegereeks "Life Writing. Neue Ansätze in der Autobiographieforschung" (lezingen in het Duits en Engels) vindt in het wintersemester 2015/16 en in het zomersemester 2016 plaats telkens op dinsdag van 14 tot 16 uur in lokaal J1. Concrete data vindt u hier.

Gastlezing

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Op 7 februari 2017 vindt de laatste gastlezing plaats in de reeks "Life Writing. Neue Ansätze in der Autobiographieforschung II". Prof. Dr. Ulla Haselstein (Berlin) houdt een lezing in het Duits (!) over "Talking and Listening: Gertrude Steins Selbstporträts". Geïnteresseerden uit alle vakken zijn van harte uitgenodigd.