31 Mar 2003 - 3 Apr 2003 All day


31 March – 3 April 2003

Lubbock Theatre, Peterhouse, Cambridge

Conference co-sponsored by CRASSH (University of Cambridge), the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles), and the British Academy (London)

This conference forms part of a larger programme of activities currently under way at the Getty Research Institute, whose theme for 2002-3 is Biography, and at CRASSH, whose theme for 2001-3 is The Organization of Knowledge. Visiting Fellows from both institutions will be amongst those taking part in the conference, which also builds on a number of other recent and imminent events. These include the publication of the British Academy's volume, Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography, edited by Peter France and William St Clair (Oxford University Press, 2002); the Cheltenham Festival sessions on Biography: The Human Bridge, organized by Richard Holmes in October 2002; the one-day conference on Biographies and Space, organized by Dana Arnold, to be held at the Mellon Centre, London, on 28 March 2003; and the forthcoming publication of The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography by Oxford University Press in 2004.

The conference will explore questions relating to biographical representation in various media and in various disciplinary fields. It will look critically and comparatively at different forms of national memorialization, and different ways of fashioning the biographical narrative.

The conveners have been advised and helped by William St Clair (Trinity College, Cambridge) and Dana Arnold (University of Southampton).

Professor Ian Donaldson, CRASSH
Professor Richard Holmes, University of East Anglia
Professor Charles Salas, Getty Research Institute



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