Symposium Unhinging the National Framework


9:15 - 13:00 uur

VU, OZW Building, Room 6A01

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

Prof. dr. Ann Phoenix

Faculty of Humanities


Conference / Symposium / Seminar

On Friday, December, 7th 2018, the symposium Unhinging the National Framework: Perspectives on Transnational Life-Writing will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Keynote speaker:

  • Prof. dr. Ann Phoenix, University College London, “Changing life stories? The place of intersectionality in narratives of transnational lives”.


  • Prof. dr. Ismee Tames, Utrecht University and NIOD Amsterdam, “’For our freedom and yours’: Transnational resistance against fascism, 1936-1948”
  • 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“
  • Dr. Leonieke Vermeer, Groningen University: “Little crosses in the margins. Self-censoring in diaries as international practice”

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.”

Free of charge but please register before 4 December 2018 by sending an e-mail to

Download the programme (pdf).