We are pleased to announce Sidonie Smith will be speaking at the Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities.
Sidonie Smith is the Lorna G. Goodison Distinguished University Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, USA. She is a past-President of the Modern Language Association of America (2010). That experience led her to write Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in Good Enough Times (2015). She is the author of Where I'm Bound: Patterns of Slavery and Freedom in Black American Autobiography (1974), A Poetics of Women's Autobiography (1987) Subjectivity, Identity, and the Body (1993), and Moving Lives: Women's Twentieth Century Travel Narratives (2001), as well as numerous essays. With Kay Schaffer, she co-authored Human Rights and Narrated Lives (2004). With Julia Watson, she co-authored Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (2001; expanded edition 2010) and co-edited one anthology and four volumes of critical essays, among them De/Colonizing the Subject: Gender and the Politics of Women's Autobiography (1992); Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography (1996), and Inter/Faces: Women, Autobiography, Image, Performance (2002). Her latest book, with Julia Watson, is Life Writing in the Long Run: A Smith & Watson Autobiography Studies Reader (2017).