The International Society for Educational Biography (ISEB) presents

Professional Development Webinars–

Life Writing Methodologies in 2020: Writing and Sharing our Lived Experiences

 The International Society for Educational Biography (ISEB) invites members new and current to its methodological, blended-format webinar.  Those who engage in life writing in all its forms (biography, auto/biography or memoir, ethnography or duoethnography, autoethnography or autotheory, life history or life narrative, oral history or family history, testimonio, collective biography or prosopography) are warmly welcomed to participate.


Theme:  The year 2020 has proven to be incredibly tumultuous: we live in times which will be written about in historical accounts, archival and biographical.  Those who engage in life writing in all its forms are attentive to the impact of current events on all domains of human lives. The International Society of Educational Biography seeks to create a space for those who engage in life writing in all its forms to come together and begin to process the present.

Dates:  Methodological papers/presentations will be available for asynchronous review prior to the conference.  Two highly interactive synchronous sessions will take place Thursday, October 1 with a virtual social event held after.  Please note: attendees may choose to attend any or all of the three sessions as their schedules permit.

Schedule of Synchronous Sessions:

3:30-3:40: Welcome/introduction from ISEB President

3:45-5:15: Session I: Methodological Approaches to Life Writing in the Present:  Authors of methodological pieces will be available for synchronous conversation(s) regarding their work.

5:15 – 5:30: Break

5:30 – 7:00: Session II: Life Writing in 2020:  Attendees will come together in a moderated conversation regarding methodological issues during this time.  Attendees will be asked to prepare any brief statements or questions to be shared with the group at large and, when possible shared/posted in advance.

7:15 – ?: Optional Session:  Virtual Social Hour/Meetup:  Attendees are welcome to attend a virtual happy hour co-hosted by the ISEB President and President-Elect.

Cost:  Attendance is free to all members of ISEB.  All attendees must be members of the society by the time of the synchronous session to participate in these.  Annual membership is $95 and includes a one-year subscription to the ISEB journal Vitae Scholasticae.

Registration:  To register for the conference, click to please join or renew your membership.  You can also visit

Information:  For further questions or concerns please contact Dr. Edward Janak,

Technology/host:  The webinar will be hosted by the Department of Educational Studies, Judith Herb College of Education, University of Toledo.