Life narrative scholarship has always been preoccupied with the limits of the human.

What it means to be human is a question that is embedded in auto/biography in western modernity. Thinking on objects and things alerts us to testimonial narrative as a threshold, caught up in the constant and relational making of the human and the non-human, entangled in nature, culture, and technology. Now, research methodologies that turn to objects and things alert us to the essential place of auto/biography in the history of human being, and its presence at borderscapes where the making of the human and recognition of “grievable life” remains a work in progress.