Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing

Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing
Symposium Friday, 7 December 2018, 9.30 – 17.00
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome with coffee/tea
10.00 – 11.00 Opening keynote address: Prof. dr. Ann Phoenix, University College London: “Changing life stories? The place of intersectionality in narratives of transnational lives”
Introduction: Prof. dr. Sawitri Saharso, University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Respondent: Dr. Katrine Smiet, Utrecht University
Chair: Prof. dr. Susan Legêne, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11.00 – 11.30 Research pitches

– Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University
– Yvette Kopijn, University of Amsterdam
– Widya Fitria Ningsih, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee/tea

12.00 – 13.00 Prof. dr. Ismee Tames, Utrecht University and NIOD Amsterdam, “’For our freedom and yours’: Transnational resistance against fascism, 1936-1948”
Respondent: Dr. Marleen Rensen, University of Amsterdam
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch and poster presentations

13.30 – 14.30 Dr. Pia Wiegmink, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, University of Mainz: “Mobility, belonging, and antislavery critique in antebellum African American women’s travel accounts“
Respondent: Dr. Marijke Huisman, Utrecht University

14.30 – 15.30 Dr. Leonieke Vermeer, Groningen University: “Little crosses in the margins. Self-censoring in diaries as international practice”
Respondent: Dr. Ernestine Köhne-Hoegen, independent researcher
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee/tea

16.00 – 17.00 Panel Discussion: Transnational Celebrities
Dr. Jaap Kooijman, University of Amsterdam: “Not just a country, but an idea: Bono’s promotion of the American Dream”
Dr. Dennis Kersten, Radboud University: “There’s a place in Beatle biofiction: John Lennon’s Irish odyssey in Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone.”
Dr. Gaston Franssen, University of Amsterdam: “Geert Wilders as a transnational celebrity politician.”
Respondents:
Lonneke Geerlings, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Prof. dr. Maaike Meijer, biographer and emerita professor Maastricht University
Dr. Anneke Ribberink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Chair: Prof. dr. Diederik Oostdijk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Venue: OZW Building, De Boelelaan 1109 (the rounded, red-brick building next to the Main Building) Room 6A01 (6th floor)
Free of charge but please register before 4 December 2018 by sending an e-mail to b.boter@vu.nl