An international conference will be held in Rotterdam on the development of autobiographical writing in relation to changes in the perception and control of time, historical reflection, and the influence of publishing and commercialization. Different forms of autobiographical writing will be looked at: diaries, letters, auto/biographies. The program is interdisciplinary and contains lectures and workshops by acknowledged cultural and art historians, historiographers, book historians, and literay critics.
The conference is organized at the Faculty of History and Arts of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, all sessions will be held in the Pelgrimfathers Church (Aelbrechtskolk 30, see www.pelgrimvaderskerk.nl).
The conference fee is 95 Euro, including drinks and lunches. Registration by transfer of 95 Euro to ABN-AMRO bank account 44.66.07.460 of the Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen UvA, Amsterdam, with mention of `Controlling time; WBS C.2023.0011'.
Provisional program (February 2005)
15 June 2006
Welcome by professor Dick Douwes, Dean of the Faculty of History and Arts of the Erasmus University Rotterdam
& Introduction to the theme of the conference by Arianne Baggerman
Lecture by Peter Burke (Cambridge): Historicizing the Self.
Marilyn Himmesoete (University of Paris 7 Denis Diderot): Writing and Measuring Time. Nineteenth-century French Teenagers Diaries.
Ellen Grabowsky (Erasmus University): The Introduction of Printed Diaries in the Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century.
Ofer Nur (UCLA): Can there be a Collective Egodocument? A Case from 1922.
Lucia Bergamasco (University of Orleans): Letter Writing and Autobiography, from the Late Seventeenth Century to the Early Nineteenth Century.
Jeroen Blaak (Erasmus University): Autobiographies of Self Made Men and Women in the Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century.
Celeste Brusati (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): Time and Presence in Dutch Still Life Painting.
Wim Denslagen (University of Utrecht): The Dual Meaning of Authenticity.
Eveline Koolhaas (University of Amsterdam): Physiognomy and Unmasking in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century.
Richard Freadman (La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia): Time in Literary Autobiography.
Ann Adams (University of California, Santa Barbara): Time in and of the Dutch Seventeenth-Century Portrait.
Lecture by Marina Warner (University of Essex).
16 June 2006
Lecture by Philippe Lejeune (University of Paris-Nord): M.A. Jullien Jr et le contrôle du temps.
11.00 Controlling Time
Gadi Algazi (Tel Aviv University): Invisible Labor and Self-Imposed Time-Economies: Early Modern Scholars at Work.
Alfred Messerli (University of Zürich): Swiss Popular Almanacs 1700-1900. Construction of Time by Numbers, Text and Pictures.
Molly MacCarthy (Wellesley): The Diary versus the Pocket-Watch. Understanding Time in Nineteenth-Century America.
Avriel Bar-Levav (Open University Israel): Time in Nineteenth-Century Hebrew Autobiographies.
Thomas Max Safley (University of Pennsylvania): Bankruptcy and Autobiography.
James Amelang (Madrid): Tracing Lives. The Spanish Inquisition and the Act of Autobiography.
Petra Buchholz (Freie Universität Berlin): The Second World War and Autobiography in Japan.
Lecture by Peter Fritzsche (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Writing in Difference. Drastic History and the Production of Autobiography.
17 June 2006
Lecture by Dror Wahrman (Indiana University, Bloomington): The Making of the Modern Self. Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England.
Lotte van de Pol (Freie Universität Berlin/University of Utrecht): Diary Writing at European Courts in the Eighteenth Century.
Hugo Röling (University of Amsterdam): The Development of the Self in Memories of Childhood in the Netherlands and Flanders, 1770-1950.
Donna Loftus (Open University, London): Middle Class Men and the Civic. Histories of Self and Place in the Late Nineteenth Century.
14.00 Autobiography and Commerce
Marijke Huisman (Erasmus University): Publishing Autobiographies in the Second Half of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century in the Netherlands.
Michael Mascuch (University of California, Berkeley): The Early Periodical and the Publicity of Privacy. Letters to the Editor as Proto-Autobiography, 1690-1750.
Lecture by Roger Ekirch (Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia): The Self and Segmented Sleep.
The conference is part of the NWO-Vernieuwingsimpuls project Controlling Time and Shaping the Self. Education, Introspection and Practices of Writing in the Netherlands 1750-1914, in cooperation with the NWO-internationaliseringproject Egodocuments, zelfreflectie en culturele verandering: Nederland, Zwitserland en de Europese context, 1600-1900 (Huizinga Instituut Amsterdam with the Freie Universität Berlin (prof.dr. Claudia Ulbrich) and the University of Basel (prof.dr. Kaspar von Greyerz).
Organisation dr. Arianne Baggerman and dr. Rudolf Dekker, Faculty of History and Arts, Erasmus University Rotterdam, POB 1738 NL 3000 DR Rotterdam, Netherlands
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