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The 36th I.S.E.B. Conference
April 11-13, 2019 San Antonio, Texas
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I.S.E.B. I.S.E.B. (International Society for Educational Biography) invites proposals for its annual conference, held April 11-13, 2019 at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. We welcome submissions from academics, teachers, graduate students, or others who engage with dimensions of biography and life writing in their work. Our conference represents scholarship in a wide variety of fields and disciplines focused on “lives that are educative.”

Possible topics for proposals include: life writing about educators; experimental and creative forms of life writing; collective biographies; theoretical engagements with life writing; the role of biography in history; the use of life writing in instruction; biographical criticism; publishing biographies; critical and feminist approaches to life writing; oral histories; methodological challenges and puzzles in life writing; and the intersections of biography and culture. For examples of abstracts from the 2018 conference, see

The Conference Program Committee invites presentations in the following formats:

  1. Paper or report (individual or co-authored) on completed or in-progress research or project. (20-25 minutes)
  2. Panel presentation proposal consisting of at least three panel members with related papers or reports on a project or theme (45-50 minutes).
  3. Roundtable discussion on an open pedagogical, methodological or research issue or question (20 minutes / roundtable, may be repeated).
  4. Workshop (interactive, participatory, hands-on, tutorial, with a take-away skill, tool, or technique.) (45-50 minutes). Please complete the Proposal Form [ ] to describe your presentation. The Conference Program Committee will review your proposal and notify you promptly.

ISEB will provide data projectors. Presenters must bring their own laptops, with appropriate video adaptors (Mac users).

For questions, contact Conference Program Chair, Prairie Endres-Parnell (

Priority Deadline for Proposals: October 31, 2018.
Proposals received after this date will be reviewed if time-slots are available.

The Conference will be divided into substantive panel sessions, round table discussions, and active workshop groups, providing attendees the opportunity to focus on specific areas from their own perspective and international experiences. Submissions can be made online via a Google form at Questions may be sent directly to the program planner through

Please refer to the attached full conference call for your convenience, and please share this call with your colleagues. We look forward to experiencing your research in San Antonio!

Accepted formats: full paper (20-25 minutes), panel of 3 or more presenters (45-50 minutes) , workshop (45-50 minutes) or roundtable (20 minutes)

Deadline for Proposals: October 31, 2018

DUES & CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: (Membership dues and conference registration fees are separate. )
    • Early Bird $195 [USD] (Pay by March 1, 2019)
    • Regular $215 [USD] (After March 1, 2019)
  • Conference Registration Deadline: March 15, 2019 (Must be registered for the conference to be included in the program)
  • Students: Membership Dues & Conference Registration: $30.00 [USD]
    • Subscription to
    Vitae Scholastica: $40.00 (extra charge for those who are not members or for graduate student subscription).

*Please complete the membership/conference form at

Then, pay online at;

Or, mail dues and registration [Checks and money orders in US funds payable to International Society for Educational Biography] to:
Lora Helvie-Mason,
PO Box T-230
Tarleton State University
Stephenville, Texas 76402
phone: 254.968.9498

Please send changes in contact information to Martha Tevis, Secretary:

(1) Early registration is required for presenters to appear in the program.
(2) All presenters papers MUST be current in ISEB membership dues. Conference Registration fee is a separate fee from membership dues.
Pay for membership and/or conference

Full Membership: $95 US (includes year subscription to ISEB’s journal, Vitae Scholasticae)

LODGING - The Menger Hotel
Contact the Menger Hotel directly via telephone to secure the discounted room rates. (210)223-4361
Room Rates:

menger-rates-2019 $143 per night

Cut-Off Date: Above Room Block and Group Rate will be held until the Monday, March 15, 2019 at which time unused rooms will be released for resale by the hotel at a rate specified by the hotel. Any reservations received after this date will be based on Room and Rate Availability.

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Future Conferences:

2019 - San Antonio, TX - April 11-13, 2019 @ the historic Menger Hotel

2020 - FALL MEETING in St. Louis, MO @ The Chase Park Plaza

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