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Auto/biographical writing and Greek-Australian historiography

By Toula Nicolacopoulos and George Vassilacopoulos


This paper outlines a methodology for 'auto/biographical' life-history writing and\ud argues for its merits based on a particular case study. In the present context 'auto/\ud biographical life writing' refers to life writing that is produced collaboratively by the\ud participants, the researchers and research subjects, who are respectively positioned as\ud writers/editors and narrators. We will propose an account of the dialogical structure\ud that informs this inter-subjective interaction as developed in our collaboration with\ud one Greek-Australian political activist. In our collaboration with George Gotsis on\ud his auto/biography we have been taking what we call an ontological approach, in the\ud sense of addressing the conditions of being in a collaborative researcher–researched\ud relationship. We present the main features of this approach and discuss its merits and\ud connection with our Greek-Australian historiography more broadly

Topics: Greek research, Greece, Australia
Publisher: Flinders University Department of Language Studies - Modern Greek
Year: 2013
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