Sunday, August 31, 2014


Sweden, Stockholm, October 2-4

An International Conference in Stockholm Sweden
I’ll be there to speak of Booker T. Washington


Booker T. Washington’s autobiography Up from Slavery is famous because it is a milestone on the road to black emancipation in the USA after the Civil War.
It covers the period from a few years before the Civil War to 2001. It covers the author’s infancy, youth and adult age, his education mostly at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, his first years of teaching in West Virginia, his teaching in Hampton (Indians and night classes) and then essentially the creation, opening and development of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute with his campaign for the elevation of the black race in the USA.
This autobiography is in fact a pamphlet that does not specify questions about the antebellum slavery period he experienced, about his black slave mother and white “unknown” father, about the extreme exploitation of blacks in West Virginia’s coal and salt mines. He concentrates on his pedagogical project.

He negates the existence of the Ku Klux Klan after Reconstruction. He hardly mentions the important racial riots of the end of the 19th century, particularly Wilmington, North Carolina.
I will concentrate on his motivations as they can appear in the book and the contradiction it raises when compared to Solomon Northup Twelve Years A Slave, and the inspiration it represents for Marcus Garvey later on. How can Booker T. Washington be turned into a founding father of Marcus Garvey’s thought by Marcus Garvey himself when we know the latter advocated race purity, absolute refusal of segregation, separate and equal development at world level and an agreement with the Ku Klux Klan.
This autobiography was a way for Booker T. Washington to promote his own vision of racial integration that was a positive version of Jim-Crowism.

An International Conference in Stockholm Sweden
Södertörn University, Stockholm, 2-4 October, 2014
You are cordially invited to this international conference on autobiography organized by the English Department.
Although autobiographical writing has ancient origins, the term 'autobiography' itself has only been in use since the late eighteenth century. Theories about autobiographical writing have been developed even more recently. Whereas early autobiographical writing was often either self-celebrating (res gestae) or self-justifying (apologiae), Augustine's Confessions marked a turning point. The contemporary study of autobiography encompasses a broad variety of research perspectives. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore a broad variety of ideas within the field of autobiography. We invite papers and presentations on the following or related topics:
·                     Spiritual Autobiographies
·                     Self-representational Writing
·                     Online Writing of the Self
·                     Fictional Autobiographies
·                     Fake Autobiographies
·                     Autofiction
·                     Auto-ethnographies
·                     Autobiography in Cartoons
·                     Autobiography in Dance and Film
·                     Postcolonial Autobiography
·                     Celebrity Autobiographies
·                     Autobiography and Gender
·                     Indigenous Autobiography
·                     Autobiographies of 'ordinary people'
·                     Autobiogeography
·                     Therapeutic autobiography
·                     Autobiography in Translation

Conference Organizers:
Kerstin Shands, Professor of English, Södertörn University, Stockholm
Giulia Grillo Mikrut, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland, Australia
Steering Group:
Dr. Kerstin Shands, Södertörn University, Stockholm
Dr. Harriet Sharp, Södertörn University, Stockholm
Giulia Grillo Mikrut, PhD Candidate, University of Queensland
Dr. Wim Van Moer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Dr. Karen Meyers-Ferreira, University of Swaziland
Dr. Dipti Ranjan Pattanaik, Banaras Hindu University

Preliminary List of Participants - Autobiography conference - 2-4 Oct 2014

1. Agnieszka Rzepa, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
2. Anaïs Fusaro, University of St Andrews
3. Andrew James, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
4. Andrew Miller, Flinders University, South Australia
5. Anna Helle, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
6. Anna Hollsten, University of Helsinki
7. Anne Coudreuse, University Paris
8. Anneli Meriläinen-Hyvärinen, University of Oulu, Finland
9. Aparajita Nanda, University of California, Berkeley
10. Apostolos Lampropoulos, University of Cyprus and University of Pennsylvania
11. Ari J., Finland
12. Arnaud Schmitt, University of Bordeaux, France
13. Belinda Hilton, Griffith University Gold Coast, Australia
14. Carolina Villalba, University of Miami
15. Catharine Frances, University of Central Lancashire
16. Christine Savinel, Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle-Paris 3
17. Claire Larsonneur, University Paris 8
18. Claude Desmarais, UBC, Kelowna, BC, Canada
19. Dagmara Drewniak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
20. D.R. Pattanaik, Banaras Hindu University, India (Steering Group)
21. Daniel Warzecha, Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 University
22. Daniela Chana, Independent Scholar, Vienna, Austria
23. Danielle Hall, Leeds Metropolitan University
24. Doris G. Eibl, University of Innsbruck, Austria
25. Ebere Nnenna Agugbue Nweze, Botkyrka Folkhögskola, Sweden
26. Elisabeth Bouzonviller, Jean Monnet University, St-Etienne, Universités de Lyon, France
27. Eva Norrman, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
28. Eva-Sabine Zehelein, University of Regensburg
29. Filip Buyse, Université Paris Panthéon - Sorbonne
30. Floriane Reviron-Piégay, University of St Etienne, France
31. Giulia Grillo Mikrut, University of Queensland, Australia (Steering Group)
32. Guy Galazka, Paris Sorbonne University (Paris IV)
33. Hans Vandevoorde, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
34. Hertha D. Sweet Wong, University of California, Berkeley
35. Heta Marttinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
36. Hywel Dix, Bournemouth University
37. Jo Woodiwiss, University of Huddersfield
38. Ioanna Mylonaki, University of Cologne
39. Jacques Coulardeau, CEGID, Paris, and Synopsis Paie, Nice
40. John C. Hawley, Santa Clara University, California
41. Karen Ferreira-Meyers, University of Swaziland (Steering Group)
42. Karen Stockham, University of St Mark and St John
43. Karoliina Kähmi, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
44. Katarzyna Macedulska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
45. Katja Sarkowsky, WWU Münster, Germany
46. Kerstin Shands, Södertörn University (Steering Group)
47. Kevin Binfield, Murray State University, USA
48. Kirsi Tuohela, University of Turku, Finland
49. Konrad Gunesch, Higher Colleges of Technology, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
50. Lamia Mokrane, Université Nice, France
51. Laura Castor, University of Tromsø
52. Laure de Nervaux-Gavoty, Université Paris-Est Créteil
53. Leni Van Goidsenhoven, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
54. Lut Missinne, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
55. Lynn Penrod, University of Alberta, Canada
56. Manuel Brito, University of La Laguna
57. Margaret Daymond, University of KwaZulu-Natal
58. Martina Sias, Pisa University, Italy
59. Matilde Martín González, Universidad de La Laguna
60. Matthieu Sergier, Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles & Université Catholique de Louvain
61. Melissa Schuh, Queen Mary University of London
62. Michael Sheringham, Oxford University
63. Mikołaj Wiśniewski, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Faculty of Philology
64. Nadja Soudunsaari, University of Lapland, Finland
65. Nicholas B, UK
66. Nicole Terrien, Université Rennes 2
67. Nina Työlahti, University of Oulu, in Finland
68. Palina Urban, University of Oxford, New College
69. Pamela J. Rader, University of Colorado at Boulder
70. Pascale Antolin, Bordeaux Montaigne University
71. Patrick Doherty, University of Central Lancashire
72. Patrick Hayes, Oxford University
73. Phil Cohen, Birkbeck and the University of East London
74. Piotr Sobolczyk, Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences
75. Priya Jha, University of Redlands
76. Rachel Knighton, The University of Cambridge
77. Sara Eriksson, Universität Stockholm
78. Seana Kozar, University of Bristol
79. Seraphima Kennedy, Goldsmiths, University of London
80. Sophie Chapuis, L'Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
81. Tanja Reiffenrath, University of Paderborn, Germany
82. Tracy Ferrell, University of Colorado, Boulder
83. Valérie Baisnée, University of Paris Sud
84. Wim Van Moer, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (Steering Group)
85. Yair Seltenreich, Tel Hai College and Ben Gurion University, Israel
86. Zachari Duncalf, University of Strathclyde

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