CfP: Life Narrative and the Digital: An Interdisciplinary Conference and Workshop (09/2023, Vienna); by: 26.05.2023

Project „Auden Musulin Papers: A Digital Edition of W. H. Auden’s Letters to Stella Musulin“; Timo Frühwirth, Dimitra Grigoriou, and Sandra Mayer (Web)

Time: 26.-27.09.2023
Venue: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
Proposals by: 26.05.2023

This two-day conference-plus-workshop brings together scholars and practitioners from different disciplines, communities, and career stages to explore the possibilities, uses, and challenges of digital methods and technologies for auto/biographical research and practice. The organizers are particularly interested in the following questions:

  • In what ways can digital methods and technologies aid the study and analysis of biographical data?
  • How can the digital help us devise innovative pathways to the representation of historical individuals’ lives? (e.g. digital platforms)
  • To what extent do digital formats of life narration tie in with new trends in auto/biographical scholarship and practice? (e.g. metabiography, relational biography, persona studies, group biography, object biography, etc.)
  • How do we deal with uncertainty and the issue of data quality in the digital representation of biographical data?

The event will feature both a workshop and a conference track. The workshop (26 September 2023) will be dedicated to short presentations of work-in-progress, with a strong focus on tools, technologies, software, and methods, and with an emphasis on feedback and exchange. The conference (27 September 2023) follows a conventional format, with a mix of research papers and panel discussions, and will be open to the public. Participation in both formats is free of charge.

The organizers invite proposals of max. 500 words via OpenReview (Web) for 15-minute (workshop) OR 20-minute (conference) contributions by 26 May 2023.

For more information, please consult the conference website, or contact the organizers at

Organizers: Timo Frühwirth, Dimitra Grigoriou, and Sandra Mayer (Web)