BSU Life Writing Research Group:
Writing Women’s Lives Conference
25th & 26th April 2015
Bath Spa University’s own Life Writing Group hosted this Interdisciplinary Conference at Newton Park recently. Led by Professor Elaine Chalus, the group consists of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers in English, History and Heritage at Bath Spa, Annabel Wynne, Kate James, Rosie Waine, Dr Jackie Collier and Georgina Moore.
What had originally been planned as a one day colloquium turned into a full two-day event with parallel panels, thanks to an unprecedented response from the life writing community.
International in scope, we were treated to speakers from Ireland, Austria, Hungary and India, as well as a wide selection of scholars from all corners of the UK.
The conference was opened by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade, who has published in the life writing field herself, with the inspiring story of her grandmother and the generation of inspiring and forceful characters who forged new communities in Australia. Professor Slade led the tone of the event, which explored the rich seams of women’s lives and the ways these have been interpreted.
Newton Park campus, with its layers of women’s narrative over many centuries, was a perfect place to host this two-day academic conference; an opportunity to speculate further on the ways that women’s lives have been lived.
The Life Writing group, established in 2014, continues to grow and develop, drawing interest from scholars across the humanities. The interdisciplinary nature of the research is leading to fascinating collaborations, providing opportunities to share ideas and inspirations.
Again we would like to thank everyone who participated in the conference, and greatly look forward to welcoming you back again next year!
For information about our second annual conference ‘Writing Gender & Self’ 2016, please see our Call for Papers.