The International Auto/Biography Association brings global perspectives to the study of biography and life writing.
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IABA was founded in 1999 as a multidisciplinary network that aims to broaden the world vision of auto/biographers, scholars and readers, to deepen the cross-cultural understanding of self, identity and experience, and to carry on global dialogues on life writing. The association’s first conference at Peking University was attended by delegates from Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America.  Eight biennial international conferences have been held since 1999, in China, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Hawaii and England. [Read More]

IABA-Europe 2013 International Auto/Biography Association Conference 1 October – 3 November 2013, Vienna, Austria


IABA Europe was founded in October 2009, with the aim of encouraging European scholars to participate in the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) by organizing biennial conferences, publishing an e-journal, and facilitating contacts via various means of communication. Following two successful conferences in Amsterdam and Tallinn the next IABA Europe biennial conference will be held 31 October-3 November 2013 in Vienna and hosted by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography.

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IABA Americas fosters the participation of scholars from the Americas within the International Auto/Biography Association while facilitating collaboration between scholars in the Western Hemisphere. The chapter organizes biennial conferences and maintains a network of scholars working in the Americas on their website.

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