Conference: Life-Writing in Translation, King’s College London, 27 May 2020

AHRI Centre for Life-Writing Research presents:
Life-Writing in Translation Conference – King’s College London, 27 May 2020

Deadline for proposals: 23 December 2019

As a one-day conference, Life-Writing in Translation proposes to address such topics as:

  • Stylistic approaches to translating life writing: using style to translate mind, foregrounding, ambiguous translation, belle infidèle, the implied translator
  • Translating as re-writing: reconstructing the author’s image and lived experience, the translator’s impact, re-translation
  • Cross-cultural translation of life writing: translator as the producer of relations – is the I international?
  • Becoming one: the translator’s melding with the author and its curious consequences
  • The translator-reader contract: the tole of the ‘active’ reader
  • Publishing perspectives: how publishers and booksellers tackle life writing in translation – the ‘three percent problem’

We welcome academics, translators, poets, writers, booksellers and publishers and invite proposals for individual papers, dialogues/interviews, panels, round tables and creative or reflective submissions.

Conference language: English

Suggested formats:

  • Individual paper (15 minutes slot, abstract max. 300 words)
  • Dialogue/Interview (30 minutes slot, 2 participants, abstract max. 300 words)
  • Panel (60 minutes slot, 3 participants including chair, abstract max. 600 words)
  • Round Table (45 minutes slot, 3/4 participants, abstract max. 600words)
  • Creative/Reflective Submission (15 minutes slot, fiction and non- fiction, proposal max. 300 words)

The full call for papers may be viewed here: Life Writing In Translation Conference, KCL 27 May 2020.

Please send your proposals via email to

Deadline for proposals: 23 December 2019

The Centre for Life-Writing Research is a pioneering group producing some of the most innovative work in the field. Established in 2007, and now part of the KCL Arts & Humanities Research Institute, it enables experts and students to share, research and exchange ideas with a wider audience.

We work on all sorts of topics and periods covering a wide range of genres – biography, autobiography, autofiction, diaries and letters, memoirs, digital life writing including social media, blogs, audio and video, the visual arts (especially portraiture), poetry, and medical narratives. What connects us is an interest in the theory, history and practice of life writing.