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 40 Euro or 15 euro per day, including drinks and lunches. Registration by transfer 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'.
15 June 2006
9.45 Welcome by Dick Douwes, Dean of the Faculty of History and Arts of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
9.50 Arianne Baggerman (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Introduction.
10.00 Peter Burke (Emmanuel College, Cambridge): Historicizing the Self.
10. 45 Coffee, tea.
(1) Chair: Helen Wilcox (University of Groningen).
Celeste Brusati (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor): Time and Presence in Dutch Still Life Painting.
Marilyn Himmesoete (University of Paris 7 Denis Diderot): Writing and Measuring Time. Nineteenth-century French Teenagers Diaries.
Ellen Grabowsky (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Forty Years of Daily Writing. Introspection and Religion in the Diary of Willem de Clercq (1804-1844).
(2) Chair: Hans Renders (University of Groningen/Biografie Instituut).
Jeroen Blaak (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Autobiographies of Self Made Men and Women in the Netherlands in the Nineteenth Century.
Pieter Stokvis (Open Universiteit of the Netherlands): Changing Self-Portraits and Partner Profiles in Matrimonial Advertisements from 1825 until 1925.
Ofer Nur (University of California, Los Angeles): Can there be a Collective Egodocument? Self-writing and the Kibbutz as a Collective Experience.
(3) Chair: Solange Leibovici (University of Amsterdam).
Wim Denslagen (University of Utrecht): The Dual Meaning of Authenticity.
Eveline Koolhaas (University of Amsterdam): Behind the Mask of Gentility. Physiognomic Approaches in Eighteenth-Century Portraiture.
Lisa Kuitert (University of Amsterdam): Knowing the Writer, by Portrait: The Influence of Photography on Authors and Authorship in the Nineteenth Century.
14.00 Session Time consciousness
Chair: Rudolf Dekker (Erasmus University Rotterdam).
Ann Jensen Adams (University of California, Santa Barbara): Time IN and OF the Dutch Seventeenth-Century Portrait.
Philippe Lejeune (University of Paris-Nord): M.A. Jullien Jr et le contrôle du temps.
Richard Freadman (La Trobe University, Victoria): Time in Literary Autobiography: the Case of David Malouf.
16.00 Coffee, tea
16.15 Marina Warner (University of Essex): Stranger Magic. Time Travel and Other Selves.
16 June 2006
10.00 Dror Wahrman (Indiana University, Bloomington): The Making of the Modern Self. Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England (provisional title).
10.45 Coffee, tea.
11.00 Session Controlling Time
(1) Chair: Maria Grever (Erasmus University Rotterdam).
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 College): The Diary versus the Pocket-Watch. Understanding Time in Nineteenth-Century America.
(2) Chair: Hanco Jürgens (Radboud University Nijmegen).
Avriel Bar-Levav (Open University Israel): Time in Nineteenth-Century Hebrew Autobiographies.
Davíð Ólafsson (University of St. Andrews): Diaries in the State of Scribal Culture. The Rise of Diary Writing in Nineteenth-Century Iceland and its Cultural Context.
Sigurður Gylfi Magnússon (University of St. Andrews): Dreams of Things Past. Life Writing in Iceland Metastories. Memory, Recollection and History.
14.00 Session Ruptures
Chair: Michael Mascuch (University of California, Berkely).
Thomas Max Safley (University of Pennsylvania): Time is Money. The Construction and Reconstruction of Time in the Testimonies of Early Modern Bankrupts.
James Amelang (Universidad Autonoma, Madrid): Tracing Lives. The Spanish Inquisition and the Act of Autobiography.
Petra Buchholz (Freie Universität Berlin): The Second World War and Autobiography in Japan. Tales of War and the "Movement for One's Own Story".
16.00 Coffee, tea.
16.15 Peter Fritzsche (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Writing in Difference. Drastic History and the Production of Autobiography.
17 June 2006
10.00 Hulya Adak (Sabanci University Istanbul): Ottoman-Turkish Encounters with Armenian(ized) Self/ves in Twentieth Century Autobiographical Writing.
10.45 Coffee, tea.
11.00 Session Identity and Communication
(1) Chair: Gabi Jancke (Free University Berlin).
Lotte van de Pol (Freie Universität Berlin/University of Utrecht): Diary Writing at Courts at the End of the Eighteenth Century, the Dutch Case.
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.
(2) Chair: Gert-Jan Johannes (University of Utrecht).
Roelof van Gelder (National Library, The Hague/NRC-Handelsblad): Forgotten Mail. Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Letters in the National Archives, London..
Willemijn Ruberg (University of Limerick): Epistolary Education. The Letters of an Irish Father to his Daughter, 1747-1752.
Lucia Bergamasco (University of Orleans): Letter Writing and Autobiography, from the Late Seventeenth Century to the Early Nineteenth Century.
14.00 Session Autobiography and Commerce
Chair: Arianne Baggerman (Erasmus University Rotterdam).
Marijke Huisman (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Selling the Self: Publishing and Marketing Autobiographies in the Netherlands, 1850-1918.
Michael Mascuch (University of California, Berkeley): The Commodity Function of Autobiography before 1800.
John Eakin (Indiana University, Bloomington): The Economy of Narrative Identity.
15.30 Coffee, tea, drinks.
Organisation dr. Arianne Baggerman and dr. Rudolf Dekker, Faculty of History and Arts, Erasmus University Rotterdam, POB 1738 NL 3000 DR Rotterdam, Netherlands
Send comments and questions to H-Net
Webstaff. H-Net reproduces announcements that have been submitted to us as a
free service to the academic community. If you are interested in an announcement
listed here, please contact the organizers or patrons directly. Though we strive
to provide accurate information, H-Net cannot accept responsibility for the text of
announcements appearing in this service. (Administration)