Life history and life writing research uses life story - whether in the form of oral history, personal narrative, autobiography or biography - as a primary source for the study of history and culture.
Life history and life writing research uses life story - whether in the form of oral history, personal narrative, autobiography or biography - as a primary source for the study of history and culture. Life stories capture the relation between the individual and society, the local and the national, the past and present and the public and private experience. Research involves grappling with theories of memory, relationship and self representation, and with debates about literacy and orality. Many disciplines contribute to the field, including history, sociology, anthropology, literary philosophy, cultural studies and psychology. Life history and life writing researchers present their work in many forms. As well as academic publications, we contribute to radio and television documentaries, auto/biographical drama, reminiscence work, digital and video presentations and exhibitions. Life history and life writing research is, of necessity, concerned with ethics and power relationships, and with the potential for advocacy and empowerment.
Call for papers, deadline 1st April 2017:
The 9th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference is co-organised by the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research (CLHLWR, University of Sussex) and the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (CRMNH, University of Brighton).
Postgraduate and early career researchers are warmly invited to present at this conference. This is a free event, refreshments and lunch provided by CRMNH and CLHLWR.
For details follow this link: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/research/conferences/pgconference2017
Next free seminar:
22 February 2017
Room: Jubilee G22
University of Sussex
Sally Bayley and Alexander Masters will reflect on two very different diary-related projects.
In The Private Life of the Diary: From Pepys to Tweets (Unbound, 2016), Bayley tells her own coming of age story through diary writing, and mixes memoir with reflections on the diaries of famous literary figures such as Woolf, Plath and Orwell. She also discusses political diarists: Pepys himself, John Adams and the more recent musings of Alan Clark and Tony Benn.
In A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip (Harper Collins, 2016), Alexander Masters is seduced by the unique project of writing the biography of a person he encounters only through reading a random selection of her diaries, found by a close friend, in a skip. With some reluctance he eventually uncovers the identity of the diary-writer - but what are the ethics of playing detective with a real person's life and writing?
- You can view and download the CLHLWR Annual Report 2016 here.
- You can view and download the CLHLWR Annual Report 2015 here.
Environment Stories: Double book launch Wednesday 15 April 2015, Alison Jolly's THANK YOU MADAGASCAR and Simon Pooley's BURNING TABLE MOUNTAIN
The Internationalism of Life History Research in the 21st Century, 18 June 2015 - The 7th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conferenceYou can view and download the CLHLWR Annual Report for 2014 here.
- Researching Uniqueness' The 6th annual Brighton/Sussex PG conference (6 June 2014).
- 'Feminist pioneers of social research ...' Listen to recordings of the CLHLWR 19 March 2014 here.
- Introducing CLHLWR's new administrators and researchers Angela Campos and Alexandra Loske
- Download our full 2014 programme of events, workshops, lectures, courses etc here.
- Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiations, 4 April 2014, full programme here.
- Dr Stephen Weiss 'War, Death and Second Chance', 12 Feb 2014. Listen to the talk here.
- OHS 2013 Conference Programme [PDF 633.41KB]
- OHS 2013 Abstracts booklet [PDF 1.15MB]
- Hearing Her: New Feminist Oral Histories, 11 April 2013 [PDF 288.77KB]
- The University of Sussex Oral History project and the story of the Meeting House
- Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project