Panel Sessions

May 18, Day 1

TA – Tallinn Auditorium

9.00–10.00 Registration

10.00–10.30 Welcome (TA)

10.30–11.30 Plenary I (TA) Philippe Lejeune. Rousseau and the autobiographical revolution

11.30–12.00 Coffee at Atrium

12.00–13.30 Parallel panels 1, 2, 3

P1. Exemplary Europeans M648

Chair: Pawel Rodak

Max Saunders, Ford Madox Ford, Europe and life-Writing

Marleen Rensen, Exemplary Europeans. Stefan Zweig’s biography on Romain Rolland

Masayuki Tsuda, Depiction of Europe in Proust’s autobiographic novel


P2. Women’s Biographical Traditions Across Europe I M226

Chair: Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

Birgitte Possing,Breaking the skewed gender balance in Danish biographical tradition

Renée Frangeur, Women’s biographical writing in Sweden in the field of history from the seventies until present

Tiina Kinnunen, The uses of Fredrika Bremer in the First Wave feminist biographical tradition

P3. Turbulent Lives M 224

Chair: Timothy Ashplant

Victoria Joan Moessner,Amalie Christine von Tiesenhausen Jencken nee von Loewentern (1785-1878)

Maris Saagpakk, An outsider’s story. Christine Jencken's "A Look at the Past" (1869)

Rutt Hinrikus, A diary from Alaska, by an unknown Estonian woman

13.30–14.30 Lunch at Atrium

14.30–16.30 Parallel panels 4, 5, 6

P4. Working-class Lives. European Perspectives M 648

Chair: Maija Metsämäki

Timothy Ashplant, Current state of research on working-class life-writing in Europe

Nathalie Ponsard,French workers life-writing and commitments in the European worker movement in the XXth century

Fabian Brändle, Working-class autobiography in Switzerland

Kirsti Salmi-Niklander,Working-class flaneurs. Proletarian decadence, life-writing and auto-fiction in early 20th-century Finland

P5. Poetry and/as Life Writing M224

Chair:  Teresa Bruś

Sabine Coelsch-Foisner, Imprisoned by illness: Frances Bellerby’s regional poetics

Eve Annuk,Poetry and autobiography: reading poetry as a diary

Anna Hollsten, Autobiography, alcoholism and gender in the confessional poetry by Pentti Saarikoski and Märta Tikkanen

Irena Ragaisiene,Poetry and /as life writing: reflections in the poetry of Lithuanian women émigrés Danutė Paškeviciūtė and Alė Rūta

P.6. Everyday (E)scapes: Blogging as Autobiographical Practice M226

Chair: Paul Arthur

Suvi Järvinen, “I am forever changing, I am a home to myself.” Poetics of the everyday and the possibility of autobiography

Tuija Saresma, Blogs as performatives of gender

Saara Jäntti, Public belongings: visualizations of the homespace as an everyday blogging practice

Sirpa Leppänen, Dog blogs as ventriloquy: what dogs tell about women’s domestic identity projects

16.30–17.00 Coffee at Atrium

17.00–18.15 Plenary II. (TA) Merle Karusoo. Who am I?

We, the life writers (Directed by Merle Karusoo, with Leena Kurvet-Käosaar,  Hannes Hamburg, Kristina Kivirand, Iti Libe, Eeva Schneider, Elo Sigus, Maris Sõrmus, Auni Tamm, Liis Turu).

18.30–20.30 Reception at the Atrium

May 19, Day 2


9.00–10.00 Plenary III. (TA) Alfred Hornung. Return visits: the European background of transcultural life writing

10.00–11.30 Parallel panels 7, 8, 9

P7. Genre Dynamics M226

Chair: Isabel Duran

Pablo Martin Ruiz, accounts of composition as autobiographical writing, from Poe to Roussel

Pawel Rodak, Witold Gombrowicz’s diary and the literary diary in Europe

Eva C. Karpinski, Postcards from Europe: Dubravka Ugresic and the practice of autobiographical fragment

P.8. Post-socialist (be)longings M 648

Chair: Leena Kurvet-Käosaar

Gabriele Linke, 'Belonging' in Post-Socialist Europe: Kapka Kassabova's “missadventures in Bulgaria”

Ioana Luca, Trajectories of be/longing: Eastern European exiles’ life writing

Anne Rüggemeier, Affiliation and rejection: Peter Handtke’s Immer noch Sturm (2010) as an example of relational life writing in central Europe

P.9. Identities and Media Reflections M224

Chair: Tuija Saresma

Aida Hatchaturyan, Balancing between: Russia and Estonia vs multicultural Europe in the biographical narratives among leaders and members of Estonian Russian-speaking voluntary organizations

Sarah Herbe, “I think of myself as European”: European spaces and identity in Jeanette Winterson's column

Micha Gerrit Philipp Edlich, Mountains and/of memory: contemporary climbing literature, elegy, and relational life writing

11.30–12.00 Coffee at Atrium

12.00–13.30 Parallel panels 10, 11, 12

P. 10. Auto/biographical Performances M226

Chair: Claudia Criveller

Mari Martin, Autobiographical performance - a place to look at the world

Olga Roginskaya, (Auto)biography as topic, story and plot in Alvis Hermanis’ theatrical works

Odile Heynders, Being inside out; narrative performances on Srebrenica

P.11. Life Writing about Europe in the Americas I M648

Chair: Max Saunders

Craig Howes, Differences and distinctions: disciplinary disjunctions between European and non-European life writing theory and practice

Jeremy Popkin, Europe in the family: four generations of life-writing

Paul Arthur, Unearthing the past: Dwikozy revisited

P.12. Marginal Texts M224

Chair: Aili Aarelaid-Tart

Anna Kuismin, Life writing in the margins: three case studies from 19th century Finland

Solveiga Daugirdaitė, The world in the autobiography of a self-educated woman: the book of Elžbieta Skuodienė

Kirsi Keravuori, Self-educated Finns as correspondents in the mid-nineteenth century

13.30–14.30 Lunch at Atrium

14.30–16.00 Parallel panels 13, 14, 15

P.13. Life Writing about Europe in the Americas II M224

Chair: Eva C. Karpinski

Suzanne Bunkers, Transgressive life narrative: a qualitative case study

Maria Lauret, Life in a box: the archive of a Dutch housewife in Canada in the 1950’s

Sergio Barcellos, From a fairy tale to a teary tale - the diary of the Austrian Princess and Brazilian Empress, Leopoldina of Habsburg

P14. Europe and Home M 226

Chair: Craig Howes

Monica Soeting, Driss, the ideal migrant worker

Isabel Duran, The symbolic houses of autobiographical memory

Csilla Kiss, Jorge Semprun’s Europe. Exile, struggle and the common European home in autobiographic fiction

P15. Modalities of Relationality M648

Chair: Odile Heynders

Teresa Bruś, The ethos of friendship and the personal essay

Franziska Gygax, On being ill: life writing and belonging

Audronė Raškauskienė, Deportation, memory and the self in Dalia Grinkevičiūtė’s memoir A Stolen Youth, A Stolen Homeland

16.00–16.30 Coffee at Atrium

16.30–18.00 Parallel panels 16, 17, 18

P16. Intercultural translation of Selves M648

Chair: Monica Soeting

Piia Varis and Jan Blommaert, Landing in Europe

Aili Aarelaid-Tart, Some experiences in performing Baltic biographies to an international audience

Maija Metsämäki, Life writing as a group project

P17. Historical Reflections M226

Chair: Claire Brant

Ionut Epurescu-Pascovici, Life-writing and social identity in late-medieval ego-documents

Leigh Wetherall Dickson, “The killing times”: autobiography, despair and Scottish nationalism

Katarina Leppänen, “The strangeness of circumstances opened my eyes”: self-representation and national  (dis-)identification in Aino Kallas’ diaries

P18. Women’s Biographical Traditions Across Europe II M224

Chair: Eve Annuk

Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Women’s biographical writing in Finland (1890-1980)

Ulla-Britta Broman-Kananen, “A tragic life”: two biographies about Emmy Achté as the first prima donna of the Finnish Opera

Katja Mihurko Poniz, Biographical discourse in the Slovenian magazine Women's World

May 20, Day 3

9.00–10.00 Plenary V. Vieda Skultans. How narratives both enlarge and constrict our understanding of the other.

10.00–11.30 Parallel panes 19, 20, 21

P19. Re-reading tradition M648

Chair: Anna Kuismin

Yury Zaretskiy, New questioning strategies to early Russian autobiographies

Tiina Kirss, On not having a slave narrative: refractions of the slave past in Estonian life-writing

Agata Sikora, How to write properly? How to write naturally? Conceptions of communication in Polish letter-writing manuals in the eighteenth century

P20. Tradition, Nation, History M224

Chair: Jeremy Popkin

Ricardo Fernandez Romero, The intermittent tradition: autobiography and the consumption of autobiographical writing in Spain between the 19th and the 20th century

Zoltán Z.Varga, The irruptions of history in life writing: the representation of historical events in the autobiographical genres in 20th century’s Hungarian literature

Mikko Pollari, A nation of disharmony: early 20th century Finland seen through biographical portrayals of Johan Ludvig Runeberg

P21. Women and Travel M226

Chair: Victoria Joan Moessner

Mary McDonald-Rissanen, Europe in life-writing exploits of English women travelers

Claudia Faria, Journeys to Madeira Island - wonderings and writings of 19th British women

Julia Lajta-Novak, Father and daughter across Europe: the journeys of Clara Wieck Schumann and Artemisia Gentileschi in fictionalised biographies

11.30–12.00 Coffee at Atrium

12.00–14.00 Parallel panels 22, 23

P22.  Strategies of Self(representation) M648

Chair: Ioana Luca

Claudia Criveller, Strategies of self-representation in Russian samizdat literature

Aija Sakova, Christa Wolf Stadt der Engel oder The Overcoat of Dr. Freud (2010). A biographical (re)search

Enrico Lucca,Writing to Berlin - writing from Jerusalem. The two souls of Gershom Scholem and German Jewry

Ulla Savolainen, Narrating and writing the evacuation journey – narrative strategies of migrant Karelians’ reminiscence narratives

P23. Women and Europe II M226

Chair: Claudia Faria

Lorna Martens, Born in Europe: Women’s autobiographies of childhood

Magdalena Ozarska, Continental Europe as seen by three English women diarists: Frances Burney, Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Shelley

Netta Nakari,Constructing and confirming self in the French Literary scene: Annie Ernaux, Catherine Millet and Camille Laurens as self-reflective autobiographical authors

14.00–15.00 Lunch

15.00–16.30 IABA Europe business meeting

16.30–16.45 Coffee at Atrium

16.45–18.00 Roundtable discussion. Closing of the conference