IABA Europe

IABA Europe aims to foster the participation of European scholars within the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) by organizing biannual conferences, publishing an e-journal, and facilitating contacts through the website.


The International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) was founded in 1999 as a multidisciplinary network that aims to broaden the world vision of auto/biographers, scholars and readers, to deepen the cross-cultural understanding of self, identity and experience, and to carry on global dialogues on life writing.

The European chapter of IABA was founded at the conference ‘Life Writing in Europe’, at VU University in Amsterdam (2009). A second conference, ‘Trajectories of (be)longing: Europe in life writing,’ was held at Tallin University (Estonia) in 2011. A third conference, ‘Beyond the subject. New developments in life writing’ (2013), was hosted by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography in Vienna.


Marijke Huisman co-edited the volume Life Writing Matters in Europe (Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2012).

The e-journal Life Writing in Europe is open to all scholars working in Europe, working on European subjects, or engaged in research into the question of European identities. More information: iaba-europe.eu/e-journal/

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Website IABA Europe


Boekpresentatie Life Writing Matters in Europe,
15 maart 2012, VU Amsterdam

iaba boekpresentatie life writing matters in europe
Prof. Dr. Susan Legêne (links) en Marijke Huisman (rechts)
boek life writing matters in europe