Autobiographical Writing and Spatiality

Date: 9 March 2018

Venue: University Foundation - Room B - Egmontstraat 11 - 1000 Brussels

Time: 9:15 AM - 6:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: Department of Literature of the University of Antwerp and the VUB

Short description: Doctoral Seminar

The doctoral workshop entitled Autobiographical Writing and Spatiality, jointly organized by the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the University of Antwerp, aims to identify criteria for 'spatial experience' in life writing and then situate this coding effort in the spatial turn in Autobiography Studies. Students will present their doctoral research and will get valuable feedback.



9:30-9:45: Arvi Sepp (Universiteit Antwerpen/Vrije Universiteit Brussel): Autobiographical Writing and Spatiality

Keynote Lecture
9:45-10:30: Frédéric Regard (Université Paris-Sorbonne): No Man is an Island. Life Writing and the Temptation of the Desert Island

Coffee Break

Spatial Experience and Self-Writing (Chair: Janna Aerts)
10:45-11:30: Mateusz Chmurski (Humboldt-Universität Berlin): Multilingual Dis/Solution? Prague Languages and Territories Through the Diaries of Ladislav Klíma
11:30-12:15: Diane Drouin (Université Paris-Sorbonne): A Doubling of Space Where Different Selves Lived Different Ways’: Mina Loy's Fragmented Itineraries


Heterotopia in History and Literature (Chair: Annelies Augustyns)
13:15-14:00: Dag Houdmont (Université libre de Bruxelles): Identity in Tom Lanoye’s Prose as Seen Through the Prism of Heterotopia
14:00-14:45: Elisabeth Pönisch (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg): The Spatial Experience of the Other Space. The Jews’ House as an Heterotopia

Coffee Break

Diary Writing and Spatial Experience under Nazi Rule (Chair: Arvi Sepp)
15:00-15:45: Annelies Augustyns (Universiteit Antwerpen): Spatial Urban Experience: A Geocritical Analysis of Breslau Autobiographical Writing During National Socialism
15:45-16:30: Janna Aerts (Vrije Universiteit Brussel): Diaries as Lived Space: Tactics of Diary Writing in the Occupation Diaries of Flemish Literary Writers

Closing Discussion


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