Summer, 2021
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, in person; 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.

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.

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

Summer, 2020
Dear ISEB family,

The executive team for the International Society of Educational Biography continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and remains committed to taking actions to ensure the maximum health and safety of our members. Your executive team knows that many of us are in the trenches of class redesign, university, and workplace changes to fit protocol for COVID-19, and lifestyle changes at home for our families and ourselves. We are aware that many of you are facing difficult decisions right now in addressing COVID-19, which is why it is important for us to communicate to you that we have been working diligently to make the best decisions possible for our membership, our yearly conference, and our society as a whole.

The executive team has come to the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 conference in Saint Louis until 2021. This decision was not lightly made, but one we felt was the safest. We know how vital a sense of community is in the current climate, so we are opening up virtual space for a community conversation about life writing, educational biography, and methodology. When you pay your yearly membership, you will have access to these opportunities. We will offer this professional development to our members during our original conference dates in October, 2020. To stay connected with ISEB, pay your 2020 membership dues, which ensures you a copy of the journal, our community conversations, and up to the minute information on the 2021 conference. When you pay your yearly membership, you are not only providing much needed support for small organizations like ours, but you also have uninterrupted access to these benefits. Please renew your membership here:

Even in this uncertain time, we are making plans to return to as much normalcy as possible. Submissions are open for
Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography, ISEB's journal, and we encourage you to submit! Our submission process remains, as always, as straightforward as possible and can be done online and via email through the following link:

As scholars of biography and life writing, this moment in history is rife with possibilities for reflection, projection, and analysis. As we continue to navigate these new situations, we encourage you to remember Earnest Boyer’s recommendation that scholarship could be scholarship of discovery, of integration, of application and of teaching. We look forward to seeing you virtually in October 2020, and in person in 2021, when we will pair with the Society of Philosophy and History of Education (SOPHE) to hold a dual conference in Saint Louis!

All the best,

Prairie Endres-Parnell, MA, MFA

President, International Society of Educational Biography

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