Master Class with Paul Arthur (Edith Cowan University, Australia) and Nonja Peters (Curtin University, Australia)

Biography and Identity

4 July, 10.00 – 13.00 hrs
Huygens ING, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK Amsterdam, Room 2.18

Research master students and PhD candidates are invited to participate in a master class with Professor Paul Arthur from Edith Cowan University (Australia) and Dr Nonja Peters from Curtin University (Australia). Paul Arthur worked with the Australian Dictionary of Biography as its Deputy General Editor in 2010–2013, and is a professor in digital humanities and social sciences. He has published widely on biography and identity in the 21st century. Nonja Peters is an historian, anthropologist, museum curator and social researcher whose expertise is in transnational migration (forced and voluntary) and resettlement in Australia. She has published widely and produced many exhibitions in her area of research. She is a migrant to Australia who was born in the Netherlands.

The master class is organised as part of Paul Arthur’s Visiting Professorship, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), hosted by Huygens ING, 2016–2017.

We expect an active participation, including reading the assigned literature.

Assigned reading:

  • Caine, Barbara. “Introduction.” In Biography and History, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010, 1–7. (PDF attached)
  • Arthur, Paul Longley. “Digital Biography: Capturing Lives Online.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 24, no.1 (2010): 74–92. (PDF attached)
  • Ang, I. ‘On Not Speaking Chinese.’ New Formations Issue 24, Winter (1994). (available at
  • Peters, Nonja. “No Place Like Home: Experiences of the Netherlands East Indies as Real, Virtual and Politically Contested Reality”. (available at

For more details and registration, contact Paul Arthur (

Participants are requested to mail a brief description of their research (100 words) and two questions, relating to the literature, to Paul Arthur (, before 20 June.

For research master students it is possible to obtain 1 ECTS. For details, contact Margit van der Steen ( before 16 June.