Call For Papers – Political Life Writing in the Pacific Islands: A Workshop Symposium

18 October 2012
School of Culture History and Language, Australian National University

Convenors: Brij V Lal and Jack Corbett

Political life writing is a well-established feature of both academic and literary writing in the Pacific region. Whether in the form of autobiography and biography, edited collections of speeches or group histories, the capacity of the genre to reveal the human dimension of political practice continues to attract readers and writers alike.

This workshop investigates the experience of writing political life history in the Pacific Islands. We are interested in the reflections of practitioners writing in this genre: how they went about constructing a story and the impact this process had on them. Themes include narrative and identity formation, storytelling and memory, ethics and research integrity, style and audience, and future challenges and disciplinary significance.

Papers are invited that explore any or all of these themes in relation to the unique aspects of writing political life history in the Pacific region. To register your interest, or if you have any questions, please email:

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