Program

Day 0, September 19, 2018, Doopsgezinde Kerk

12.30-16.00

Masterclass Nigel Hamilton, 15 young biographers (not published yet) from Belgium, France, Canada, the Netherlands and Iran

16.30-17.30

Public lecture by Nigel Hamilton, for the Friends of the Academic Heritage in Groningen, during which he will officially open the conference. The title of the lecture is: ‘Truth, Lies and fake truth. The future of Biography’.

17:30-18:30 Reception (offered by Groningen Congres Bureau)

 

Day 1, September 20, 2018, Doopsgezinde Kerk

10.00 Opening conference by Hans Renders and Joanny Moulin

10.15 – 11.15: Panel 1, chaired by David Veltman

  • Carl Rollyson (US)
  • Evgeniya Petrova (Russia)
  • Joanny Moulin (France)

11.30 – 12.30: Panel 2, chaired by Joanny Moulin

  • Elsbeth Etty (the Netherlands)
  • Daniel Meister (Canada)
  • Jade Nguyen (Vietnam)

12.45-14.00 Dissertation defense ceremony of Nick Weber, PhD candidate at the Biography Institute. Location: Academy Building

14.30 – 16.00: Roundtable discussion, chaired by Jack A. Farrell. Topics: the political impact of the biography, the institutions and status of the biographer, the biopic, the categories of the biography (type of book, collection, paratexts, graphic novels), biography and orality.

  • Lindie Koorts (South Africa)
  • Doug Munro (Australia)
  • Étienne Naveau (Indonesia)
  • María Jesús González (Spain)
  • Yannick Gouchan (Italy)

16.00 – 17.00: Keynote speech by Richard Holmes

17.30 – 18.30 Drinks

 

Day 2: September 21, 2018, Doopsgezinde Kerk

10.15 – 11.15: Panel 3, chaired by Madelon Franssen

  • Sahar Vahdati Hosseinian (Iran)
  • Doug Munro (Australia)
  • María Jesús González (Spain)

11.30 – 12.30: Roundtable discussion, chaired by Patrick Di Mascio. Topics: biography and censorship, biography and the history of the book, the critical reception of the biography, biography and psychology, biography and history.

  • Carl Rollyson (US)
  • Daniel Meister (Canada)
  • Elsbeth Etty (the Netherlands)
  • Stefano Magni (Italy)

14.00 – 14.30: Interview with the winner of the Dutch Biography Prize

14.30 –15.45: Panel 4, chaired by Nigel Hamilton 

  • Lindie Koorts (South Africa)
  • Yannick Gouchan (Italy)
  • Etienne Naveau (Indonesia)
  • Wilhelm Hemecker (Austria)

16.00 – 16.45: Public discussion, chaired by Hans Renders

18.00 Conferencedinner at Humphrey’s Restaurant