After-Image: Life-Writing and Celebrity

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Through this conference we will be considering the interplay between two connected fields: celebrity and life-writing. The conference will explore ideas of image, persona and self-fashioning in an historical as well as a contemporary context and the role these concepts play in the writing of lives.

With funding from the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, and the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London (CLWR).

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Conference Programme

8:30-9:00 Registration at TORCH

9:00 – 9:15 Welcome

9:15 – 10:30 Panels 1a and 1b

10:45 – 11:50 Panels 2a and 2b

11:50 -12:10 Refreshment break

12:15-13:15 Andrew O’Hagan Keynote Address

13:15 – 14:15 Sandwich lunch provided

14:20-15:50 ‘Historical Reevaluations of Celebrity in the 18th and 19th Centuries’ Roundtable: Tom Mole (Edinburgh), Simon Morgan (Leeds Beckett), Professor Fara Dabhoiwala (Oxford) and Jessica Goodman (Cambridge). Chaired by Sandra Mayer (University of Vienna) and Ruth Scobie (Oxford).

15:50- 16:20 Walk to Wolfson College, where remainder of events will be held

16:20 – 17:30 Sarah Churchwell Keynote Address

17:30 – 18:15 Wine reception

18:15 – 20:15 Gourmet BBQ dinner


Robert Cornelius: taker of the first known selfie, circa October 1839.


Celebrity Research

Contact name: Nanette O'Brien

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Website: After-Image: Life-Writing and Celebrity

Audience: Open to all