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Different Lives. Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies

September 19-21, 2018

On September 19-21, 2018, the Biography Institute of the University of Groningen will host a conference designed to take a look beyond our own borders and delve deeper into the question of how the art of biography is practiced in other parts of the world. Biographers from different continents will gather to examine the ways in which their foreign colleagues practice their craft and discuss the cultural perspectives that guide biographers in their approach to the infinite complexity of the other.

Different Lives: Global Perspectives on Biography in Public Cultures and Societies will bring together biographers from France, Great Britain, Vietnam, South Africa, China, the United States, the Netherlands, and other nations, whose work reflect the global diversity of biographical practice. For the participants, it will provide an opportunity to learn about international research in the field.

In addition to Richard Holmes' adage 'biography as a handshake across time', we would like to know how biography can contribute to a better understanding of differences between societies and cultures. How can biographers from different parts of the world learn from each other, without becoming all the same? For this purpose we call on our speakers to inform us about the history and the state of the art concerning biography in their own countries. By doing so, speakers can show how in their cultural background biography functions as a public genre, featuring specific societal issues and opinion-making. Presumably, this could lead to a different thinking about the role of biography in society.

For more information, please email us at or follow the conference on Facebook. The definitive program will follow soon.


Symposium Waar we heen gaan, Jelle zal wel zien. Het kabinet-Zijlstra (1966-1967) na vijftig jaar.

22 november 2016, VU Amsterdam.

Symposium 10 over Rood 50 jaar later. Er stonden persberichten over dit in symposium in de Volkskrant, het Nederlands Dagblad, het NRC Handelsblad en het Dagblad van het Noorden. In het tijdschrift Tijd & Taak verscheen een artikel naar aanleiding van dit symposium en het boek Zeventig jaar PvdA van Gerrit Voerman en Frans Becker.

3 oktober 2016

Workshop Presidential Biography

29 april 2016

Participating in the City: Microhistory and the Picaresque Novel

29 en 30 maart 2012


Conference Political Biographies

15 December 2010, als afsluiting van de collegereeks 'Nederlandse politieke leiders sinds 1848'.


Biografie & Pedagogie

18 & 19 november 2010, i.s.m. het Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum


International Congress of Historical Sciences

22-28 augustus 2010, Amsterdam

7th Biennial International Auto/Biography Association Conference

28 juni - 1 juli 2010, University of Sussex

De religieuze factor in de biografie

19 & 20 november 2009, Groningen

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Onder Ingenieurs

15 mei 2009, Groningen

Bundel | Brochure

Charisma en sociale bewegingen in opkomst

6 & 7 november 2008, Groningen

Bundel | Brochure

The art collector: between philanthropy and self-glorification

5 & 6 juni 2008, Groningen

De Koloniale Biografie

29 & 30 maart 2007, Groningen

Bundel |

De Ondernemersbiografie

10 november 2006, Amsterdam

Bundel | Brochure

Privé in de Politieke Biografie

24 maart 2006, Groningen

Bundel |

Biografie Internationaal

30 september 2005


Psychologie & Biografie

27 mei 2005, Groningen

Bundel | Brochure

Necrologie & Biografie

9 & 10 maart 2005, Groningen

Bundel | Brochure

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