SAVE THE DATE!
November 5 2016
BIOGRAPHY BEYOND BORDERS
COLLOQUIUM ON AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN BIOGRAPHY

In collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing at Oxford, housed at Wolfson College and directed by Professor Dame Hermione Lee, BIO will host a Colloquium on American and European Biography, to be held on Saturday, November 5 2016.

With the aim of promoting conversations about similarities and differences and exploring the question of whether we can push the boundaries of biography, they have arranged four roundtable discussions under these rubrics:

BIOGRAPHIES OF LITTLE-KNOWN AND WELL-KNOWN SUBJECTS
WRITING ABOUT CELEBRITIES
HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY
AUTHORIZED AND NON-AUTHORIZED BIOGRPHY

The lunchtime keynote speaker will be the 2014 BIO Plutarch Award Best Biography winner, Hermione Lee. The Colloquium will conclude with a reception at Wolfson College.

Prior to the Colloquium, on Friday evening, November 4, a distinguished American biographer will deliver a lecture at the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London (directed by Professor Max Saunders). A reception will follow.

A BIO group will be spending Thursday night, November 3, at a Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, run by Harold Brown, a former staff member in the Royal household. Harold will offer a guided trip to Vida Sackville-West’s Sissinghurst Castle (with its famous gardens) and Winston Churchill’s home, Chartwell, and provide a formal tea and dinner and breakfast. Book early because there are limited spaces available.

If you are interested in being part of this collaboration between OCLW and BIO (either as a participant on a panel or as a member of the group), please contact either Deirdre David (ddavid@temple.edu) or Will Swift (drwswift@gmail.com).

Conference Fee (includes lunch and reception at Wolfson College, Oxford, and reception at King’s College, London): $150

Accommodation is available at Best Western Linton Lodge and Tunbridge Wells Victorian Bed and Breakfast amongst others.