‘Dramatising militant lives. Anarchist biographies/autobiographies’ (CFP – deadline 28 marzo 2013)

AIn vista della European Social Science History
Conference del 2014 il gruppo di lavoro “Dramatising militant lives” è aperto a coloro che vogliano intervenire sul tema dell’uso della biografia e dell’autobiografia nello studio del movimento anarchico. E’ possibile inviare una proposta entro il 28 marzo.
Di seguito il cfp completo.

Call for papers for a panel at the European Social Science History
Conference (http://esshc.socialhistory.org/), April 2014, Vienna:

‘Dramatising militant lives. Anarchist biographies/autobiographies’

There is a growing literature on the decline of the traditional ‘great man’ biography and on more recent uses of biography and autobiography by historians (notably, but not only, collective biography or prosopography), as well as on the dangers and difficulties associated with the various forms which the genre can take: as Jacques Le Goff of the Annales school wrote: “Historical biography is one of the most  difficult ways to do history”. And yet, landmark works such as Jean Grave’s Le Mouvement libertaire sous la IIIème République, Guy  Aldred’s No Traitor’s Gait or Edith Thomas’s Louise Michel, to name  just a few, are essential to our factual grasp and understanding of their subject matter, suggesting that (auto)biography is an especially important source and framework for the study of anarchism.

This panel proposes to focus on the biographies of anarchists and the mapping of personal networks (including transnational networks); the “biographical illusion” (Bourdieu) and the status of autobiography and other forms of life writing as historical sources; the intersections (or lack thereof) between militants’ ideological beliefs, the realities of militant life and the reconstruction of both through (auto)biography.

It would also encourage contributions on the overlaps or cross-fertilisations between historians and scholars working in other disciplinary traditions, whether in the social sciences (ethnographic research or social network analysis, the uses of life narratives by psychologists), or indeed in literary studies. The complexities of oral history will also be examined.

Proposals for 20 minute papers should be sent to
Dave Berry (d.g.berry@lboro.ac.uk<mailto:d.g.berry@lboro.ac.uk>) and Constance Bantman (c.bantman@surrey.ac.uk<mailto:c.bantman@surrey.ac.uk>) by Thursday, 28 March 2013.

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