Writing Lives: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the uses of Biography

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This symposium explored the methodological, ethical and intellectual implications of using biographical material in scholarly practice. ‘Biographical material’ was defined broadly, including, for example, historical narratives of real people, biography as fiction and non-fiction, film/television/digital adaptations of real lives, or research which incorporates aspects of the life stories of subjects, such as narrative inquiry, or oral history. It offered a space to reflect on the practical challenges and rewards presented by using data about the lives of real people. We also discussed and debated the boundaries offered by biography: boundaries of history and narrative, boundaries of truth and fiction, boundaries of form and meaning.
Period25 May 2012
Event typeConference
LocationCoventry, United KingdomShow on map


  • interdisciplinary
  • biography
  • research methods