"The International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) is an interdisciplinary international group founded in 1999 to create a way for researchers and cultural producers in the field of biography, autobiography and life writing to share their work. Since 2000, members of IABA have held an international conference every two years in locations that have included China, Canada, Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. IABA does not have a formal membership process. It has a free listserv, which informs its members about upcoming conferences, publications and other events connected to the study of autobiography, life writing and biography. IABA is maintained by an informal executive group of senior scholars, most of whom have organized and overseen a IABA conference or event.IABA also has a close relationship with important academic journals. IABA has several chapters that work in concert with the biannual IABA World conference and hold their own events: IABA Europe, IABA Americas, and IABA Asia-Pacific. There is also the SNS Network for graduate students and new scholars who want to discuss issues connected to the study of life writing. This conference held at the São João del-rei, Brasil is the eleventh biennial."

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but there are some conditions:

  1. the presenter must bring paper copies in English to distribute and also a file
    of the text in English to project;
  2. we will group these presenters in sessions according preferably to their
    languages than to the theme of their papers;
  3. presenters must be aware that the organizers will not provide a person to
    translate questions from the audience nor the presenter's answers.

Registration fees

ATTENTION: Deadline for registration is January 31st, 2018.

Registration fees include lunch all four days and are as follows:

  • Standard fee: U$300,00 per person (from Dec. 1rst 2017 to January 31st 2018)
  • Early-bird fee: U$250,00 per person (cut off end of November 30 2017)
  • Student fee: U$140,00 per person
  • Tour - Inhotim: US$ 150 per person and includes:
    • Admission fee;
    • Guide;
    • Tram;
    • Minivan with a/c, tv, dvd, audio and water
    • Travel insurance
    • About Inhotim: http://www.inhotim.org.br/
  • Closing dinner: U$30,00 per person


Check out the keynote speakers have already agreed to attend.

Jovita Maria Gerheim Noronha


Graduated in Literature (Portuguese-French) by the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Master in Francophone Literatures by Fluminense Federal University (1999), PhD in Comparative Literature by Fluminense Federal University (2003). Postdoctoral degree (Senior Internship) at the University of Rouen - France (September 2013 to August 2014) with CAPES scholarship. Retired as an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, she works at PPG Letras - Estudos Literários - UFJF. She was vice-coordinator of the Post-Graduate Program in Literature - UFJF and coordinator of the UFJF Foreign Language Offering Universalization Project. He has experience teaching, research and guidance in the area of ​​Literature, with emphasis on literature studies, working mainly on the following topics: self-writing, identity constructions, French-language literature. In addition to articles and book chapters on these themes, she translated (with Maria Inês Guedes) and organized Rousseau's autobiographical pact to the Internet (UFMG, 2008/2014), which brings together texts by the theorist Philippe Lejeune, and Essays on autofiction (UFMG , 2014), which brings together the fundamental texts on the concept. She also organized, with Silvina Liliana Carizzo, Interamerican Literary Relations: Territory and Culture (UFJF, 2010), which brings together texts by researchers from the WG of ANPOLL Interamerican Literary Relations of which she was coordinator and vice-coordinator.

Arturo Arias


Arturo Arias (Guatemala City, 1950) is a Guatemalan novelist and scholar, who is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of California, Merced. He has taught courses specializing in Central American literature; Indigenous literatures; social and critical theory; race, gender and sexuality in post-colonial societies; cultural studies, and ethnographic approaches. Arias was previously Tomas Rivera Regents Professor in Spanish Language and Literature  at the University of Texas at Austin, Hood Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, Savage Distinguished Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon, and Greenleaf Chair Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Tulane University. He also taught at San Francisco State University and the University of Redlands in Southern California. He is a past president of the Latin American Studies Association. Arias holds a PhD in Sociology of Literature, from L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Paris, France. (1978) He has published eight novels and seven academic books, with two more forthcoming: volumes two and three of Recovering Lost Footprints: Contemporary Indigenous Narratives. He received the Casa de las Américas prize for his novel Itzam Na (1981), the Anna Seghers award for his novel Jaguar en llamas 1990), and the Casa de las Américas prize in essay for his book Ideología, Literatura y Sociedad durante the Revolución Guatemalteca, 1944-1954 (1979). His most recent novel is El precio del consuelo (FyG Editores, 2017).

Françoise Lionnet


A past-President of the American Comparative Literature Association, Françoise Lionnet is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, and African and African American Studies at Harvard. She is a UCLA Distinguished Research Professor and has held the Mary Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Newhouse Humanities Center, Wellesley College in 2015. She previously served as Director of the UCLA African Studies Center and Research Associate of the Center for Indian Studies in Africa at the Univ. of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, SA. Her research focuses primarily on Indian Ocean literary, cultural, and historical studies, in relation to Atlantic and Caribbean Studies. She is interested in the longue durée of colonialism in those regions, and focuses on 18th to 21st century writers. Her most recent publications include a two-volume study and personal engagement with her native Mascarene Islands, Writing Women and Critical Dialogues: Subjectivity, Gender and Irony and The Known and the Uncertain: Creole Cosmopolitics of the Indian Ocean (both published in Mauritius in 2012 and available in ebook format).


Organizing Committee

  • Alberto Ferreira da Rocha Júnior- Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei (president)
  • Elizeu Clementino- Universidade do Estado da Bahia
  • Eva Karpinski – York University
  • Jennifer Sarah Cooper – UFRN
  • Joycelyn K. Moody - University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Julie Rak -- University of Alberta
  • Laura Beard – University of Alberta
  • Leonor Arfuch – Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Maria da Conceição Passeggi – Centro de Educação da Universidade Federal do rio Grande do Norte
  • Orly Lael Netzer – University of Alberta
  • Ricia a. Chansky – University of Puerto Rico
  • Sarah Brophy – McMaster University
  • Sérgio Barcelos – Free Researcher
  • Sidonie Smith – University of Michigan
  • Suely da Fonseca Quintana – Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei

Scientific Committee

  • Alberto Ferreira da Rocha Júnior (president)
  • Rica A. Chansky
  • Sérgio Barcellos
  • Suely da Fonseca Quintana

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