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Southern Lives Workshop

06 - Tuesday 7 December 2021 09:00 - 16:00
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Professor Elleke Boehmer
Oxford Centre for Life-Writing
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Booking Required
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Charles Pidgeon
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The Southern Lives Workshop at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing is convened by Professor Elleke Boehmer and rises out of her British Academy funded Southern Imagining and Tracing Southern Latitudes projects. The Workshop will bring together writers and scholars in the oceanic humanities, postcolonial and Global South studies and polar studies, to explore how the high southern latitudes are imagined through life-writing.

We are interested in how southern worlds (the southern extremities of the large continents, including Australia, and the southern oceans and islands) are often seen as interconnected or in relation to each other, including in biography, memoir and auto-fiction. This reciprocity forms an important part of the imaginative mapping that life-writing stimulates.

Our research questions include:

What does it mean to view the world from a southern hemisphere perspective?

What perspectives do global southern writing and story-telling offer to northern imaginative norms, including that of the ‘Global South’?

How might the postcolonial and world literature fields be approached from a consciously antipodean or about-face viewpoint?

How do we build comparative and lateral links across southern spaces and lives, and what is the epistemological and environmental traction of doing so?