The Biography Workshop was established by the National Centre of Biography in response to requests by practitioners, students and readers of biography for a forum to discuss a range of methodological issues relating to biography. The group considers recent and long-standing questions about biography.
As Ray Monk and others have pointed out, there is an expanding body of academic literature on biography which asks some of the same questions that Dr Samuel Johnson addressed in his two famous essays on biography Rambler (1750) and Idler (1759):
Is biography fiction?
Who deserves to have a biography written of them?
What details are appropriate to be included in a biography?
Is it possible to know with certainty the inner life of another?
What are the moral or ethical responsibilities of biographers towards subjects, social sensitivities and the truth?
The Biography Workshop meets at noon to 1.30 pm at the ANU and offers the opportunity for informal and relaxed discussion with some of Australia's best biographers in a stimulating environment.
If you are interested in attending any of the sessions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
29 March 2018 - Ian Hancock: On Writing About Ainslie Gotto
26 April 2018 - Gabrielle Carey: Falling Out of Love with Ivan Southwall
31 May 2018 - Joanna Gilmour & Kate Fullagar: Indigenous Lives Through Portraiture
28 June 2018 - Gareth Evans: Different Strokes for Different Folks: Writing a Diary v Memoir v Autobiography
26 July 2018 - Kim Mahood: 'Position Doubtful-Some Reflections'
30 August 2018 - Christine Milne: Reflecting on an Activist Life
27 September 2018 - Peter Jones: Australia's Argonauts: The remarkable story of the first class to enter the Royal Australian Naval College
25 October 2018 - Sophie Jensen: Museums and Biography