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Thursday (May 6)

16.00-17.30 (N11, TIGY) Welcome Address and Keynote István Rév

17.45-19.45 Session I.1. Fabricating Identities: Biographo-politics vs. the State (N11, Hanák); Chair: Biljana Kašić

Franko Dota (University of Zagreb): A life in a sentence: telling gay stories in a Croatian court of law (1947-1952)

Andrei Muraru (Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile, University of Iaşi): The Biography in the Courtroom: Romanian War Criminals

Jannis Panagiotidis (EUI, Florence): Bureaucracy and Identity: On the Construction of Biographic Identity by Jewish Immigrants in Germany in the Postwar Period

Marco Rovinello (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence): Creating the past. Writing autobiographies and identity negotiations in Restoration Naples

17.45-19.45 Session I.2. Biography lost in Translation? Identity in(to) Scientific Discourse (N11, 203); Chair: Andrea Pető

Dan Cȋrjan (CEU, Budapest): Bourdieu’s Illusion: Local Autobiographical Practices and Scientific Rationality

Alexander Dölecke (University of Münster): I, Me, and the Others – Reflections upon the Development of Identity and Social Control as a Basis for the Literary Processing of (auto)Biographical Experiences

Marcin Jarząbek (Jagiellonian University, Kraków): Categories to Describe the Scope of Life–Oral History: Private Identity in the Public Historiographical Discourse

Elisa A. G. Arfini and Elisabetta Ruspini (University of Ferrara): Narrating Transgender Subjectivities

Friday (May 7)

9.30-10.30 Session II.1. “Who am I and if yes, how many?”: Strategies of ‘Identification’ Reconsidered (N11, Hanák); Chair: Willem Frijhoff

Adrian Grama (CEU, Budapest): Peneş Curcanul: the Textual Life of a War Hero – Nickname vs. Name as Identity Markers

Pierre Monot (Humboldt University, Berlin): Against Epistemological Reductionism in Life-Writing Studies


11.00-12.30 Session III.1. Egodocuments: Subverting Official Narratives (N11, Hanák); Chair: Markian Prokopovych

Stefan Bosomitu (University of Iasi): Myth-biography, autobiography and the “Siguranţa” files – a reconstruction of the biographies of the Romanian underground communists (case study – Miron Constantinescu)

Bahar Gökpınar (Bilgi University, Istanbul): Fictionalizing an Ambassadress‟ Life and Female Identity through a Private Archive: Ayşe Leman Karaosmanoğlu

Zsofia Lorand (CEU, Budapest): Memoirs vs Memorials: Alaine Polcz in the Terror Háza / House of Terror Museum

11.00-12.30 Session III.2. Life Trajectories in the Face of Radical Change: Comparisons (N11, 203); Chair: Philipp Ther

Raili Nugin (Tallinn University): Mobilizing Capitals during Transitions:The Stories of Toomas and Nikolai

Mitja Sunèiè (Institute for Cotemporary History, Ljubljana): Biography and Social Change: Industrialists and the Communist Revolution in Yugoslavia

Aron Szele (CEU, Budapest): The Lure of Fascism in 1930.s Hungary: Three Disparate Trajectories

Daria Bocharnikova (EUI, Florence): Second Generation Soviet Architects: Shared Lives, Different careers?

13.45 -15.00 (N11, TIGY) Keynote Lecture by Biljana Kašić

15.30-17.30 Session IV.1.Canonizing Biographies: The Biographo-Politics of Memory (N11, Hanák); Chair: László Kontler

Anastasia Felcher (CEU, Budapest): Biography as a Tool in the Making of a National Poet

George Greskovits (University College London): Re-presenting Moral Ambivalence: Narratives of Political Monologue Regarding András Hegedűs and Pál Teleki

Octavian Silvestru (CEU, Budapest): Biography as politics. The use and abuse of the biographies of Mircea Eliade.

Mauve Carbonell (Robert Schuman Centre for European Studies and Research, Luxembourg): The European Union’s Search for Legitimacy. The Myth of the “Perfect European High Official”: a Biographical Reconstructution (1952-1967)

15.30-17.30 Session IV.2. Biography in Literary Discourse / (Auto)Biographical Rhetoric (N11, 203); Chair: Michael Miller

Jonas Christensen (University of Copenhagen): Aspects of the Autobiographical Elements of Michael Psellos’ Chronography: Insinuation and the Usurpation of Narrative

Catalina Botez (University of Konstanz): Contiguous Spaces of Remembrance in Identity Writing. Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table and the Concept of Techné

Mare van den Eeden (CEU, Budapest): Biography, Identity and Text: A Study of their Interrelationship in the Literature of Imre Kertész

Ilse Lazaroms (EUI, Florence): Speaking from a Jewish Void. Joseph Roth and the Idea of Exilic Performance

18.00-19.15 (N11, TIGY) Keynote Lecture by Willem Frijhoff

Saturday (May 8)

10.30-12.30 Session V.1. Biographies Subsumed?Biography vis-à-vis Social Classifications (N11, Hanák); Chair: Nadia Al-Bagdadi

My Hellsing (University of Örebro): Revisiting Classification through Biography: Friendship and Hierarchy According to a Duchess at the Royal Court of Sweden in the Eighteenth Century

Pascale Falek (EUI, Florence): Biography as a Research Tool to Interrogate Identity. Reflections on Educated East European Women’s Jewish Identity in Interwar Belgium

Tünde Cserpes (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): Analyzing fragments from the diary of Sándor Károlyi with social network analysis

10.30-12.30 Session V.2. Identities Abroad: Collective Memories and Activity in Transnational Contexts (N11, 203); Chair: Constantin Iordachi

Lars Fredrik Stöcker (EUI, Florence): Refugee Biographies and their Impact on Political Activity in Exile: Estonians and Poles in Cold War Sweden and the Generational Shift of the 1960s

Alexandra Wangler (Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences): The Dynamics of National Identity Formation of the Ukrainian Minority in Poland: Mapping the Meaning of Home of the Third Generation

Victoria Harms (University of Pittsburgh): Living Central Europe: Intellectuals from West Germany and Hungary

13.00-14.15 (N11, TIGY): Keynote Lecture by Niels Gaul

15.30-17.00 Session VI.1. Shedding new light „from below‟? Collective Biographies and Microhistory (N11, Hanák); Chair: Marsha Siefert

Daryl Leeworthy (University of Swansea): The Secret Life of Us: 1984, the Miners‟ Strike, and the Challenge of Writing Biography “From Below”

Jorge Luengo (EUI, Florence): Through a new social crystallization: Valladolid’s social elite in a comparative perspective (c. 1750-1850)

Yana Yancheva (Ethnographic Institute and Museum of the BAS, Sofia): Self-identification through Narrative. (Reflection on Collectivization)

15.30-17.00 Session VI.2. Shaping Scholarly Lives: Across the Borders of Region and Religion (N11, 203); Chair: Niels Gaul

Luka Špoljarić (CEU, Budapest): Nicholas of Modruš (ca. 1427–1480): A “Barbarian” in Renaissance Rome

Valentina Georgiana Istrate (University of Florida): Marco Antonio De Dominis: Apostate or Believer: The Spiritual Journey of a Catholic Prelate at the Court of James I during the Counter-Reformation

Oxana Zemtsova (EUI, Florence): Formation of a Group Biography: Non-Russians into Orthodox Priests and Teachers (Middle Volga Region, 2nd half of the 19th century)

17.30-18.30 (N11, TIGY) Conclusive Plenary Session

Sunday (May 9)

Budapest Programme: Visit to Széchenyi Thermal Baths / Picnic on Margit Island


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