Unhinging the National Framework

On Friday, 8 December, 2017, the symposium Unhinging the National Framework:  Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. dr Ciraj Rassool (University of Western Cape): Rethinking Biography from South Africa: Implications for Transnational Life-Writing
  • Prof. dr Anthony Bogues (Brown University): CLR James: A Radical 20th Century Life.


  • Dr Barbara Henkes (Groningen University): Doing and Un-doing European-ness in Transnational Life-Writing
  • Dr Marijke Huisman (Utrecht University): Booker T. Washington and Up from Slavery: Afterlife in a Dutch Colonial Context.

In addition there will be a panel discussion about the state of the art in the field of transnational life-writing. Members of the panel: Prof. dr Mineke Bosch (Groningen University) (chair), Prof. dr Elisabeth Bekers (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Prof. dr Gabriele Linke (Rostock University), Dr Floris Meens (Radboud University Nijmegen). Members of the expert group on transnational life-writing will present their work in pitches and poster presentations.

Time and place: 09.30 – 15.00, VU main building, 4A33.

Registration is free of charge. Please register by sending a message to b.boter@vu.nl.

The symposium is supported by CLUE+,  the Interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage.