ISEB Annual Conference
September 30 - October 2, 2021
Clayton Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

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Do you engage in, produce, teach, or write about any of the following?

  • Ethnography or duoethnography
  • Autoethnography or autotheory
  • Biography or educational biography
  • Autobiography or memoir
  • Life history or life narrative
  • Oral history or family history
  • Testimonio
  • Collective biography or prosopography

If so, we warmly invite you to submit a proposal for the
37th Annual Conference of the International Society for Educational Biography (ISEB)
being held in partnership with
The Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) Annual Conference
September 30 - October 2, 2021 at the Clayton Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri

We welcome all those who work with life writing—teachers, graduate students, academics, and independent scholars—to submit a proposal. The Conference Program Committee invites presentations in the following formats:
1. Paper or presentation (individual or co-authored) on completed or in-progress research or methodological approach.
2. Panel consisting of at least three panel members with related papers or presentations.
3. Roundtable discussion on an open pedagogical, methodological or research issue.
4. Structured Posters

To be considered, please complete the Proposal Form and include an abstract of up to 300 words to describe your proposal. The Conference Program Committee will review your proposal and notify you promptly. Those interested in previous conference information can find it at the ISEB Archive.

Conference Dates: September 30-October 2, 2021
Location: Clayton Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO:
Booking a Room: 7750 Carondelet Ave, Clayton, MO 63105.
Parking available at nearby garage at a reduced rate of $4 (free Saturday and Sunday)
Make reservations by Sunday, September 9, 2021 for the conference rate of $126.00 per night (king or 2 queen)
Call in-house reservations between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mon-Fri and Sat. & Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 314.726.5400, toll free at 1.844.615.5557 (Group Code PHE), or online at

Presenter deadline for ISEB registration: September 15th, 2021, after which time you will not appear in the program.
Technology: For those wishing to include video or audio, ISEB will provide data projectors. Presenters must bring their own laptops with appropriate HDMI and VGA video adaptors.

Submit your membership here.

Advanced Registration: August 15, 2021.
Registration Deadline: Only presenters who are current in ISEB membership dues and have paid the conference registration fee will be listed in the Conference Program.


While we recognize our members are extremely busy in these times, we remind you we welcome paper, panel, round table abstracts, and more. We fully anticipate that the conference will take place as planned; at the same time, we are monitoring the plans and procedures recommended by the CDC for organizations staging large events and gatherings. The executive team is considering all possible options that will keep our membership safe, including the possibility of virtual sessions.

Virtual Presentation Option:

ISEB may be able to offer a limited number of slots for virtual presentation availability, depending on the reliability and availability of technology. Presenters must be able to log in during the regularly scheduled meeting time (between 8 am and 4 pm Central Time); those presenting virtually will be assigned to certain sessions in which video conferencing (platform TBD) is available. Preference of virtual presentation slots will be given to those with significant restrictions hindering their travel (e.g.

living in a country currently with international travel restrictions, status as caregiver, etc). To be considered for one of these slots, please designate such and provide a rationale when completing your conference proposal. Unfortunately, virtual participation will be available for the session in which you have been assigned to present; you will not be able to join other sessions at the conference. Virtual presenters will be expected to pay both ISEB membership and the conference fee. While we will do our best to make the presentation process as seamless as possible, presenters choosing this option must understand that in the event of technology glitches, ISEB will not provide refunds.

Submit your proposal here.

Conference Registration: Members of both organizations will be responsible for paying separate conference registration and organizational membership fees. Registration will include admission to both ISEB and SOPHE paper presentations, poster sessions, and workshops.
ISEB Membership: In addition to the conference registration fee, presenters must be members of ISEB. Membership includes a one-year subscription to the ISEB journal Vitae Scholasticae. Please note: If a presenter wishes to present as part of/at both ISEB and SOPHE, they will need to pay one conference fee, but both membership fees.



ISEB is an organization dedicated to the exploration of biography in writing, teaching, research, and other professional endeavors.

SOPHE is an organization dedicated to promote research and teaching in the historical, philosophical, ethical, and social foundations of education.

Please note: When considering submitting your proposal, SOPHE and ISEB are small but historic organizations that maintain an important space for foundational and biographical scholarship. As the financial pressures and demands in higher education continue to shift, we are working to preserve these important spaces of community and scholarship. Acceptance to our conference means that we are reserving a space for you on the program and organizing the program accordingly. No-shows can have devastating effects for us and for other participants who might have attended in the space we have reserved for you. We ask for you to send early registration if possible and, if accepted, please prioritize your attendance to aid us in our mission of providing a venue for the important work of our members past, present, and future.

Participants have the opportunity to submit their papers for consideration for publication in our journal that we have been publishing for near 40 years, Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography. We welcome all forms of work on life writing scholarship, teaching, and methodology.

For questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Edward Janak, Program Committee Chair, at Please reference “ISEB” in the subject line of your email.

Follow the COVID and mask updates for
St. Louis county and Missouri.

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