Call for Papers

IABA Europe 2011

Trajectories of (Be)longing: Europe in Life-Writing

Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia, May 18-20 2011

Organizers: Tallinn University, Estonian Literary Museum


The conference seeks to explore the ways in which Europe has been envisioned in life-writing within Europe itself and beyond, along diverse lines of affiliation and contestation, looking at questions of Europe in historical and contemporary, national and transnational perspectives across a wide variety of life writing modes and practices. Capitalizing on interdisciplinarity, the conference welcomes contributions from different fields of humanities and social sciences.


Possible questions to explore include, but are not limited to:


Would it be possible and/or productive to talk about specifically European modes and practices of life writing? What are the temporal dynamics of these modes and practices, in particular with respect to major historical ruptures and transformations of Europe as a concept and as a geographical, political, social and cultural entity?

How are, one the one hand, different modes of auto/biographical self-inquiry structured around a sense of belonging to or longing for Europe and, on the other, around contestation, rejection and transgression of such modes of identification? What is the interrelationship of Europeanness and post- and trans-nationalism and cosmopolitanism? 

How does Europe gain a (in)visibility in life writing in relation to issues of migration, displacement, diaspora and travel? What are the intersections with coloniality, and postcoloniality?
What are the spatial mappings and “sites of story-telling” of Europe in life writing and how does such “life-mapping” construct, confirm, contradict, and erase borders within and in relation to Europe? How does digital space engage with and re-negotiate surpass other kinds of spatial configurations in/of Europe? 

Deadline for abstracts and panel proposals: November 30, 2010
Notification of acceptance: December 20, 2010
Please submit your abstracts (max 300 words) and short CV online using the abstract submission form.

Please e-mail panel proposals (description of max 200 words and titles of papers & presenters included in the panel) to the following address:


In case of inquiries please contact Leena Kurvet-Käosaar,