Symposium:| Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing

7 vrij
7 december 2018
Campus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, OZW Building, De Boelelaan 1109

09.30 – 10.00                                    Welcome with coffee/tea

10.00 – 11.00                                    Opening keynote address
Prof. dr. Ann Phoenix, University College London
“Changing life stories? The place of intersectionality in narratives of transnational lives”
Introduction: Prof. dr. Sawitri Saharso, University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Respondent: Dr. Katrine Smiet, Utrecht University

Chair: Prof. dr. Susan Legêne, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11.00 – 11.30                                    Research pitches
Prof. dr. Giles Scott-Smith, Leiden University
Yvette Kopijn, University of Amsterdam
Widya Fitria Ningsih, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

11.30 – 12.00                                    Coffee/tea

12.00 – 13.00                                    Prof. dr. Ismee Tames, Utrecht University and NIOD Amsterdam, “’For our freedom and yours’: Transnational resistance against fascism, 1936-1948”

Respondent: Dr. Marleen Rensen, University of Amsterdam

13.00 – 13.30                                    Lunch and poster presentations

13.30 – 14.30                                    Dr. Pia Wiegmink, Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies, University of Mainz: “Mobility, belonging, and antislavery critique in antebellum African American women’s travel accounts“

Respondent: Dr. Marijke Huisman, Utrecht University
14.30 – 15.30                                    Dr. Leonieke Vermeer, Groningen University: “Little crosses in the margins. Self-censoring in diaries as international practice”

Respondent: Dr. Ernestine Köhne-Hoegen, independent researcher

15.30 – 16.00                                    Coffee/tea

16.00 – 17.00                                    Panel Discussion: Transnational Celebrities

Dr. Jaap Kooijman, University of Amsterdam: “Not just a country, but an idea: Bono’s promotion of the American Dream”
Dr. Dennis Kersten, Radboud University: “There’s a place in Beatle biofiction: John Lennon’s Irish odyssey in Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone.
Dr. Gaston Franssen, University of Amsterdam: “Geert Wilders as a transnational celebrity politician.”

Lonneke Geerlings, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Prof. dr. Maaike Meijer, biographer and emerita professor Maastricht University
Dr. Anneke Ribberink, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Chair: Prof. dr. Diederik Oostdijk, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Venue: Campus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, OZW Building, De Boelelaan 1109 (the rounded, red-brick building next to the Main Building)
Room 6A01 (6th floor)
Free of charge but please register before 4 December 2018 by sending an e-mail to

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