Southern Lives Workshop

On 6-7 December 2021, Sarah Comyn and Porscha Fermanis (UCD/SouthHem) will be presenting a paper at the Southern Lives Workshop at the Centre for Life Writing, University of Oxford. Organised by Elleke Boehmer and Katherine Collins, this workshop will bring together writers and scholars in the oceanic humanities, postcolonial and Global South studies, and polar studies to explore how the high southern latitudes are imagined through life writing:

Drawing on a tradition of metabiography that foregrounds the ideological embeddedness of biographical portraits, Sarah and Porscha will present on the topic of “Southern Activism as Life Writing”. They will consider, in particular, the life and death of the nineteenth-century Khoi resistance leader David Stuurman through the entangled frames of mediation, oceanic mobility, and commemoration. 


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