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 11 am to about 12.30 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
28 February 2019 - Hans Renders: Old Lives, New Questions
26 March 2019 - Rhys Williams: From Carlyle to Plekhanov: The Role of the Individual in History
11 April 2019 - Peter FitzSimons: TBA (public lecture at 6 pm, China in the World Lecture Theatre, ANU)
30 May 2019 - Gwenda Tavan: Arthur Calwell, Ageing and the Defence of White Australia: A Psycho-Social Analysis
27 June 2019 - Ashley Barnwell: Family Secrets, National Silences: Intergenerational Memory in Settler Colonial Australia