Annually, ISEB members have the opportunity to gather and share research at our conference. Please contact Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason (drlorahelviemason@gmail.com) with any questions about membership or registration. Interested in writing about biography or ethnography? See our member’s research interests and contact information or submit an article to Vitae Scholasticae.

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Make plans now to join us in St. Louis, Missouri
September 30 - October 2, 2021
for a special Combined Fall Conference with SOPHE!


CALLING ALL LIFE WRITERS!

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

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
We welcome all those who work with life writing—teachers, graduate students, academics, social workers, 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 INFORMATION:
Conference Dates: September 30-October 2, 2021
Location: Clayton Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO: http://www.cpclayton.com/
Booking a Room: When you contact the hotel, please register in the SOPHE room block.
Deadline for Proposals: July 31, 2021. Proposals received after this date will only be evaluated if there is room in the program.
Presenter deadline for ISEB registration: September 15th, 2021, after which time you will not appear in the program.

COVID-19 UPDATE:
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.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION/DATES:
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.

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.

Submit your proposal here.

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ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS:
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.

JOURNAL:
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.

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

Hotel Information - The Clayton Plaza Hotel
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
https://reservations.travelclick.com/97426?groupID=2825813

Our annual conference will be held in St. Louis, MO in partnership with the Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE).
To present, you must be a current member. Please add BOTH the membership and the conference fees below.

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The International Society for Educational Biography (ISEB) is an organization dedicated to the exploration of biography in writing, teaching, research, and other professional endeavors. Related research often includes collective biographies, the role of biography in the history of education, biography and fiction, general biography, plot structures of biographies. Biographic criticism, publishing biographies, feminist approaches to life writing, oral history, experimental approaches, ethical issues, autobiographical research, narrative research, methodology, and the use of biography in classroom instruction.

Annually, ISEB members have the opportunity to gather and share research at our conference. Please contact Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason (drlorahelviemason@gmail.com) with any questions about membership or registration. Interested in writing about biography or ethnography? See our member’s research interests and contact information or submit an article to Vitae Scholasticae.

Interested in learning more about ISEB? Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History through Biography consists of 13 essays, each of which offers perspective on one of four key questions that have long drawn scholarly attention: What should schools teach? Who gets to decide? How should educators adapt to a changing world to provide opportunity for all students? How should educators’ experiences be interpreted for future audiences?

The book is written to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the International Society for Educational Biography and its journal,
Vitae Scholasticae. All of the essays have appeared in the journal, and they are set in a variety of educational environments that span 174 years. Taken together, the essays demonstrate the important contributions that biography can make to educational history. Life Stories would be of interest to educational biographers and historians for use in their own scholarly work. Instructors might also consider assigning Life Stories as a required text in educational history courses.

Contents Preface: Linda C. Morice and Laurel Puchner

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