Life Writing and/as Empathy: A Symposium on Narrative Emotions

October 15-17, 2015

Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra (Spain)

Plenary Speakers:

Professor Suzanne Keen, Washington and Lee University

Professor Irene Kacandes, Dartmouth College

Professor Arthur Frank, University of Alberta

Proposals are sought for a symposium on the articulation or creation of empathy in life writing, in the context of theories of emotions and emotional cultures. We envision the symposium as an interdisciplinary conversation based on a variety of life writing texts, including memoir, diaries, letters, film and documentaries, and online media. Topics may include, but are not limited to: the creation of empathy within specific life writing genres, reader reception and empathy, the aesthetics of empathy, teaching empathy through life writing, visualizing empathetic processes, memoir and theory of mind, empathy and social identities (ethnicity, disability, gender and class), memory and empathy, the ethics of empathy, the rhetorics of empathy, representations of emotions attendant to empathy, and actional and aesthetic empathy, among others.

Please submit 300-word abstracts and a brief cv to Prof. Rocio G. Davis by March 15, 2015. We plan to publish selected papers from the symposium. Details to follow.


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