Release of Biography Issue 40.2

Biography 40.2 is now available on Project Muse.
Here is what you can find in the issue:

Editor’s Note

In Remembrance: Barbara Harlow (1948–2017)
Laura E. Lyons, Barbara Harlow: A Remembrance via Conferences,
Readings, and Questions
S. Shankar, Remembering Barbara Harlow: Resistance and Life Writing

Articles

Sam Ferguson, Why Does Life Writing Talk about Science?: Foucault, Rousseau, and the Early Journal Intime
This article examines the reasons why life writing makes use of discourses from the natural sciences. It focuses on the emergence of autobiography and the journal intime in France at the moment of a fundamental shift toward the modern episteme (identified by Foucault), which is both historical and person-centered.

Kathryn Sederberg, Writing through Crisis: Time, History, Futurity in German Diaries of the Second World War
This article considers how diary writing mediates temporal consciousness, especially during periods of crisis. Through examples of German civilian diaries written at the end of the Second World War, I show how diaries reflect changing notions of history and futurity, producing radically presentist modes of self-representation.

Meliz Ergin, Derrida’s Otobiographies
This essay approaches autobiography studies through a philosophical perspective and explores Derrida’s notion of “otobiography” to elaborate on the twin problem of identity and writing. After examining the autobiographical thread in Derrida’s work and raising questions pertaining to genre and autonomy, the essay focuses on Monolingualism of the Other; or, the Prosthesis of Origin to show how Derrida’s theories of selfhood, language, and writing work themselves out in practice.

Reviews

The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an Ethiopian Woman, by Galawdewos, translated and edited by Wendy Laura Belcher and Michael Kleiner   Reviewed by Andrew Crislip

Speaking of the Self: Gender, Performance, and Autobiography in South Asia, edited by Anshu Malhotra and Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
Reviewed by Monika Browarczyk

Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora,
by Nima Naghibi
Reviewed by Sanaz Fotouhi

Navigating Loss in Women’s Contemporary Memoir,
by Amy-Katerini Prodromou
Reviewed by Marta Bladek

The Comics of Joe Sacco: Journalism in a Visual World, edited by Daniel Worden
Reviewed by Mihaela Precup

After Identity: Mennonite Writing in North America, by Robert Zacharias
Reviewed by Jesse Hutchison

The Rise of the Memoir, by Alex Zwerdling
Reviewed by Marianne Hirsch

Fall 2017 Biography Brown Bag Series

We are pleased to announce our Thursday Brown Bag series lineup for Fall 2017. Bring your lunch, bring a friend, and join us every week. Our speakers share about their fascinating and heartfelt projects that deepen and stretch the field of life writing.

BROWN BAG BIOGRAPHY
DISCUSSIONS OF LIFE WRITING BY & FOR TOWN & GOWN
THURSDAYS, 12:00 NOON–1:15 P.M.
Center for Biographical Research • BioMed B106 • 1960 East-West Road
956-3774 • biograph@hawaii.eduwww.facebook.com/CBRHawaii
Unless otherwise noted, all events will be held in our new Brown Bag gathering space: Kuykendall 409A

FALL 2017 BROWN BAG BIOGRAPHY SERIES

Sept 14 “ʻElua Maka Kila: How Joseph Kānepuʻu and Joseph Poepoe Contributed to the Life of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi”
Noenoe Silva, Indigenous Politics, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa
Co-sponsored by the Indigenous Politics Program
*Please Note: This session will be held in Kuykendall 410
Book Launch event! Books for sale by the UH Bookstore.

Sept 21 “Hanohano ka laulima ma ka hakumele : honoring the community through hakumele
Daven Chang, Hawaiʻinuiākea and Dept of Anthropology, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

***Friday Sept 22, 2017, 3 pm, Tokioka Room (Moore 309) “Women’s Voices, Women Speak: Okinawa, Hawai‘i, and Demilitarization,” a presentation by Ellen-Rae Cachola, Kim Compoc, Kasha Ho, and Aiko Yamashiro. An event of the Center for Okinawan Studies, co-sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research

Sept 28 “Mehameha wale nō ʻo Puʻuloa, i ka hele a Kaʻahupāhau: Lonely was Puʻuloa when Kaʻahupāhau went away”
Kyle Kajihiro, Dept. of Geography, Dept of Ethnic Studies, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa
Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Ethnic Studies

Oct 5 “Pinay: Culture Bearers of the Filipino Diaspora”
Virgie Chattergy, College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

Oct 12 “Little House in the Bush: Afterlives of Vailima”
Carla Manfredi, Dept of English, University of Winnipeg

Oct 19 “Destiny: The Secret Operations of the Yodogō Exiles”
Patricia Steinhoff, Dept of Sociology, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

Oct 26 “Pacific Ghost Stories: John Kneubuhl and Oral History”
Otto Heim, School of English, University of Hong Kong

***Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:30 pm, public lecture by Steven Salaita, author of Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine. An event of the UH Students and Faculty for Justice in Palestine, co-sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research.

Nov 2 “Ida May Pope, Partnered with the Queen to become a Pioneer for Hawai‘i’s Daughters”
Sandra Bonura, School of Education, Azusa Pacific University

***Friday, November 3, 2017, 2:30 pm, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, roundtable discussion with Palestinian and Kānaka Maoli scholar/organizers, more details TBA. An event of the UH Students and Faculty for Justice in Palestine, co-sponsored by the Center for Biographical Research.

Nov 9 “Hawaiian Ancestry: Positioning Indigeneity in the Naʻi Aupuni Biographies”
Lauren Nishimura, Dept of English, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

Nov 16 “American Tutelage Gone Awry: Antonio Taguba, Filipino Americanism, and the Critique of Torture”
Kim Compoc, Dept of English and Dept of Ethnic Studies, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa
Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Ethnic Studies

Nov 30 “The Animal That Therefore I Am Not: The Politics of Animal (Auto)Biography from Black Beauty to Cat Internet Videos.”
Anna Feuerstein, Dept of English, University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa

Goodbye Henke Hall

Sixteen years ago, the Center for Biographical Research moved to Henke Hall when our previous home, a cottage on the grounds of the East-West Center, was demonished. Last week, Henke Hall suffered the same fate (see video link).

Henke was always about to be taken down, so we came to believe that it would last forever. To our surprise, It did not.

We are now housed in the Biomedical Building, a gigantic, poured concrete building with central air conditioning that probably wouldn’t come down if they tried.

So we’re happy in our new home—photos to come!—but we still bid farewell to the rickety, beaten-up clutch of rooms that made so much of the Center’s work possible.

–Craig Howes, Center for Biographical Research

Biography 40.1 Caste and Life Narratives

Our latest special issue, on Caste and Life Narratives, guest edited by S. Shankar and Charu Gupta, is an unprecedented conversation between life writing, and Dalit Studies and Critical Caste Studies.

This special issue is dedicated to Rohith Vemula, a Dalit PhD scholar who committed suicide in January 2016, and whose suicide letter is reprinted in the introduction to this issue. As Shankar and Gupta write: “how does one not read such a life narrative? Wasnʻt Vemula precisely trying to get us to attend seriously to the issues that brought him to his difficult decision? Not reading seems equally a dishonoring of Vemula’s life, activist spirit, and anquished cry from the heart” (13).

Mahalo nui to all our authors and editors for their dedication to bring this issue to us, and reminding us of the ongoing struggle to care for lives that are seen as unworthy, invisible, less valuable than the rest.

Available online at Project Muse (https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/36728) or hard copies through UH Press: (http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-8514-biography.aspx?journal=1)

Volume 40, Number 1, Winter 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editors’ Introduction
“‘My Birth is My Fatal Accident’: Introduction to Caste and Life Narratives,” pp. 1-15
S. Shankar, Charu Gupta

LITERARY LIVES
“Speaking Self, Writing Caste: Recovering the Life of Santram BA,” pp. 16-43
Charu Gupta
“The Dalit Personal Narrative in Hindi: Reflections on a Long Literary Lineage,” pp. 44-63
Tapan Basu
“Tamil Dalit Literature: Aesthetics, Politics, and Life Narratives,” pp. 64-76
Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan
“Bending Biography: The Creative Intrusions of ‘Real Lives’ in Dalit Fiction,” pp. 77-92
Laura Brueck

LIVES IN VISUAL AND PERFORMANCE CULTURES
“Periyar as a Biopic: Star Persona, Historical Events, and Politics,” pp. 93-115
Swarnavel Eswaran
“Affective Returns: Biopics as Life Narratives,” pp. 116-139
Bindu Menon
“Caste Life Narratives, Visual Representation, And Protected Ignorance,” pp. 140-169
Y. S. Alone
“Mangala Bansode and the Social Life of Tamasha: Caste, Sexuality, and Discrimination in Modern Maharashtra,” pp. 170-198
Shailaja Paik

LAW, SOCIETY, AND NARRATIVES OF THE SELF
“Brahmanical Activism As Eco-Casteism: Reading The Life Narratives Of Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh International, And ‘Liberated’ Dalits,” pp. 199-221
Mukul Sharma
“Invisibility of ‘Other’ Dalits and Silence in the Law,” pp. 222-243
Sumit Baudh

OUT OF INDIA
“Stories Of Dalit Diaspora: Migration, Life Narratives, And Caste in the Us,” pp. 244-264
Shweta Majumdar and Anjana Narayan
“Caste in Japan: The Burakumin,” pp. 265-287
June A. Gordon

Select Bibliography, pp. 289-292

Biography at IABA Europe 2017!

We are so excited to announce that all three co-editors of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly will be presenting at IABA Europe 2017: Life Writing, Europe, and New Media! If you’ll be at the conference, don’t forget to check them out!

And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out this panel for a preview of what’s to come in the next special issue of Biography, which will be on Caste & Life Narrative! One of the guest editors, S. Shankar, will be joined by three of the special issue contributors: Laura Brueck, Swarnavel Eswaran, and Francesca Orsini! Special thanks to J. Nandakumar for allowing us to use his terrific painting both on the cover of and within the special issue!

You can see the full program of the conference here: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/…/ce…/lifewriting/IABA-Europe-2017.aspx

Now accepting applicants for a Graduate Assistantship!

We’re pleased to announce that we’re now accepting applications for a Graduate Assistantship at the Center for Biographical Research!It’s a one-year appointment, to begin Fall 2017, renewable pending availability of funds and satisfactory performance, salary commensurate with degree standing.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Classified degree-seeking student in the MA or PhD program in a department in the College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature or related field.
  2. Be in good academic standing and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  3. Demonstrate outstanding writing skills in English.

For the full details, please check out the job listing on the Work @ UH website! The listing closes on JUNE 9, 2017.

Have any questions about the job? Feel free to reach out to Anjoli Roy, Managing Editor of Biography, at biograph[@]hawaii.edu or give her a call at (808) 956-3020.

#BiographyBrownBags now on SoundCloud!

Wish you could make it to our Brown Bags, but don’t live on island/have class at noon on Thursdays/have work at noon on Thursdays/just aren’t able to make it in person? We’re so stoked to share with you our latest initiative to improve your access with us: our three most recent Brown Bag talks will now be available to listen to at your convenience on our SoundCloud page, linked here! Follow us on SoundCloud for live updates, or find links to recent talks here on our Facebook page.

Want to check out an older talk? Message biograph@hawaii.edu the talk details and we’ll send you a link to our archived recordings.

Biography Prize 2017!

We are pleased pleased to announce that the Biography Prize 2017 is now open for nominations! The deadline to submit for this prize is Monday, April 17. The nominated project should focus on or intersect with any aspect of life writing theory, history, or practice in any medium and discipline. PhD and MA students in any graduate program of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are eligible for this prize. Students can nominate themselves. Please see the attached flyer for nomination details.

The release of 39.4!

We are so excited to announce that Biography 39.4 is officially out on Project MUSE (https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/35886)! This issue inaugurates a new annual feature, the International Year in Review, which replaces our Reviewed Elsewhere section with, as editor John David Zuern says, “a collection of short, site-specific essays by scholars from around the world on the year’s most influential publications in life writing in the countries, regions, and languages in which they specialize.” Read his introduction to the International Year in Review in this issue to learn more! This issue includes:

—Michael A. Chaney’s essay “Digression, Slavery, and Failing to Return in the Narrative of the Sufferings of Lewis Clarke”

—Maureen Moynagh’s essay “Making and Unmaking: Child-Soldier Memoirs and Human Rights Readers”

International Year in Review

—John David Zuern’s introduction to the International Year in Review

Gillian Whitlock‘s “Pictures at an Exhibition: The Year in Australia”

—Wilhelm Hemecker and David Österle’s “Biography in Austria, a Selection: The Year in Austria”

—Sergio Barcellos’s “Public Lives as Personal Assets, the Trial of Biography: The Year in Brazil”

—Alana Bell’s “Truth and Reconciliation in Life Writing: The Year in Canada”

—Chen Shen’s “Nostalgia for Republican China: The Year in China”

—Maarit Leskelä-Kärki’s “Old Traditions and New Experiments: The Year in Finland”

—Moulin Joanny’s “‘Life Writing’ n’est pas français: The Year in France”

—Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf’s “Guntram Vesper’s Frohburg Between Religion and Politics: The Year in Germany”

Zoltán Z. Varga‘s “Seeking Facts and Witnesses in a Post-Factual Age: The Year in Hungary”

—Gunnthorunn Gudmundsdottir’s “Truth and Testimonies: The Year in Iceland”

Heui-Yung Park‘s “I Am No Hero, the Alternative to Being a Role Model: The Year in Korea”

—Hans Renders’ “Biography in the Public Sphere: The Year in the Netherlands”

Claudia Ferreira Faria‘s “Reflections and Insights: The Year in Portugal”

—Ioana Luca’s “Life Writing in Full Bloom: The Year in Romania”

—Tom Overton’s “Movement of Trade and Movement of People: The Year in The UK”

Leigh Gilmore‘s “The Life of the Body in American Autobiography: The Year in the US”

Carl Rollyson‘s “American Biography: The Year in the US”

Sad News for Life Writing: Barbara Harlow has Passed

Please find a message below from CBR director Craig Howes regarding the passing of Barbara Harlow. A more extensive tribute will appear in a future issue of Biography.

“Barbara was a major influence for many in our field. To quote Julia Watson, ‘Resistance Literature (1987) was one of the earliest and most important interventions in autobiographical studies, as it brought to attention testimonies and manifestos of people struggling under oppressive regimes around the world. She did similar work on behalf of incarcerated women in Barred, her book on women’s prison writings. And her numerous co-edited collections on the work of colonial and postcolonial writers around the world engaged in political struggle is an archive of work awaiting further study.’

“Barbara was also a mentor, friend, co-worker, and conscience for many of us at the Center for Biographical Research in Honolulu. She published on a number of occasions in Biography, was a participant in the symposium that led to the “Corporate Personhood” special issue, and was one of the keynotes at our 2008 IABA conference here. We will miss her warmth, and her fire.”