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Disappointments and Dissonances

BSA Auto/Biography Summer Conference 2024

10-12 July 2024
Venue Reading, University of Reading

Call for Papers/Installations

We are pleased to announce the call for papers/installations for the Summer 2024 Auto/Biography Study Group conference on the theme of Disappointments and Dissonances. We welcome papers and presentations that respond to the concept of disappointments and dissonances substantively, theoretically, methodologically and creatively. This year, as last, we also welcome ‘installation pieces’ which might include a poster, creative artifact(s), a short video or other.

The keynote will be given by Dr Karin Bacon, Marino, Institute of Education, An Associated College of Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin. Karin’s paper is entitled: A Family Divided by Conflict Politics - disappointments and dissonances.

We invite abstract submissions (250 words) for 30/35-minute oral presentations followed by discussion and for installation pieces (there will be space in the programme for viewing and discussion of these). We are pleased to invite papers from across the broadest range of auto/biographical work, including ‘work-in-progress’ and those testing out innovative approaches and welcome colleagues and friends from in and outside of the academy at all career stages. Please contact the organisers for further detail.

The abstract submission deadline is 4 March 2024 at 5pm and abstracts received after this date will not be considered.

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Registration includes ensuite accommodation and full board.

  • BSA Member Registration: £450
  • Auto/Biography Study Group Member Registration: £460
  • Non-Member Registration: £490

Key Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 4 March 2024 at 5pm
Abstracts notification: 23 March 2024
Presenter booking deadline: 6 May 2024
Delegate booking deadline: 3 June 2024
Conference: 10–12 July 2024

All enquiries about the conference to the BSA Events Team.

Any queries about the Auto/Biography Study Group to Anne Chappell and Carly Stewart.