OSL Seminar: Contemporary Debates in Life Writing

Amsterdam | Dates: 4, 11 and 18 April + 2 and 9 May 2023 | Time: 10:00-13:00 | Venue: VU University (exact rooms, see below)

Organizers: Dr. Marleen Rensen (UvA) and Dr. Babs Boter (VU)
Open to: PhDs and RMA students; OSL members have first access.
Credits: 5ECs. NB: Credits can only be awarded to humanities ReMA and PhD students from Dutch universities.

THE COURSE IS FULLY BOOKED, please send an e-mail with your with your name, affiliation, status (ReMA, PhD, other) and research school membership to osl@rug.nl. We will put you on our waiting list.

This course focuses on contemporary debates in life writing as a newly emerging field across disciplines. Life writing is an umbrella term for a wide range of writings about one’s own or someone else’s life, such as biography, autobiography, memoir, diary, bio-fiction and travel writing. In the course we will explore various life stories of men and women in the 20th and 21st centuries, who each had their own unique set of life experiences, beliefs and perceptions. This will help gain a richer understanding of how individuals move through, interact with, and are affected by the major events of their time — and how their lives are narrated, either by themselves or by others.

The full programme will be published soon.


4 April: HG-08A37
11 April, 18 April and 2 May: HG-12A37
9 May: HG-14A20

HG=VU Main building
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

More information about the locations at the VU, see this link.