Constructing Biographies in Different Media

Saturday, July 19, 2014: 12:30 PM-2:20 PM
Room: Booth 60
RC38 Biography and Society (host committee)

Language: English

Biographical research has focused on written or oral narrated life stories since its beginning, and has developed a variety of very fruitful and well established approaches to elicit and to analyze them. The increasing use of so-called ‘new media’ in transnationalizing and globalizing social settings, crossing long distances and cultural diversity, calls for reflection how biographical imagination and creativity in general are shaped by different media and communication technologies. How is the construction of the self as a ‘creative work’ changing in multimodal processes? In how far are biographies constructed similarly and/or differently in narratives, photographs, pictures, film, video, artifacts, bodily performances, blogs, and social networks? How do the different modes of expression relate to each other? How can we get access to and understand these processes? This session invites speakers who deal with the characteristics of constructing biographies or biographically relevant experiences in different media, and welcomes reflection of these processes also from a methodological and methodical perspective.
Session Organizers:
Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria, Gülsüm DEPELI, Hacettepe University, Turkey and Maria POHN-WEIDINGER, University of Vienna, Austria
Maria POHN-WEIDINGER, University of Vienna, Austria
Autobiographical Narration in Turkish Women Weblogs (Oral Presentation)
Gülsüm DEPELI, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Performing Transgender Authenticity Through Video Diaries (Oral Presentation)
Arlene STEIN, Rutgers University, USA

Passion, Experience, and Biography: What Can Tango Dancers Tell Us? (Oral Presentation)
Kathy DAVIS, VU University, Netherlands

Researching Virtual Realities – Methodological and Conceptual Issues (Oral Presentation)
Robert MILLER, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom

Family Photo Albums on the Web (Oral Presentation)
Roswitha BRECKNER, University of Vienna, Austria