Meet The Creators of

The Teaching Life Writing Project

Dr. Orly Lael Netzer and Dr. Amanda Spallacci

Dr. Orly Lael Netzer is the Research Facilitator for the HM Tory Chair program for Life Writing at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on life writing and ethics, practices of reading as bearing witness to creative forms of testimony, the politics of empathy as ethical recognition, and the colonial legacies and trajectories of testimony. She has co-edited special issues of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and her work has been published in Canadian Literature, and Postcolonial Studies. Orly has also served as an editorial assistant for a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, and is a co-founding and organizing member of IABA’s Graduate Student and New Scholar Network (SNS).

Dr. Amanda Spallacci is a Killam Laureate and lecturer who researches a variety of discourses and narratives about sexual assault. She engages with numerous fields such as: autobiography theory, Black feminist theory, psychoanalysis, memory studies, and narrative/rhetorical studies. Her research and publications concern contemporary Hollywood cinema, television, print culture, feminist histories, and life writing through the lenses of memory studies, trauma, affect, and critical race theory. She has published on sexual assault in A/B Autobiography Studies (2017), Studies in Testimony (2019), Arts (2019), and various edited collections.