OSL Seminar: Contemporary Debates in Life Writing

Dates: 5, 12, 19 and 26 April + 3 May 2024 (Fridays), 10:00-13:00
University of Amsterdam, 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.

THIS SEMINAR 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.

Registration opens VIA THIS LINK on December 4th at 9am.

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.


5 April 2024: PC Hoofthuis room – 5.02
12 April 2024: PC Hoofthuis room – 5.02
19 April 2024: PC Hoofthuis  room – 5.19
26 April 2024: PC Hoofthuis room – 5.02
3 May 2024: PC Hoofthuis room – 5.02