Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

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.

The Internationalism of Life History Research in the 21st Century 

The 7th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference Co-organised by the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (CRMNH, University of Brighton) and the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research (CLHLWR, University of Sussex)

18 June 2015, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
University of Brighton: Grand Parade Campus. M2

Pic of globe for Internationalism of Life History conf 2015

Where does the international academic field of Life History Research find itself in 2015? What research examples can shed light on this question and what interdisciplinary methods are informing our projects? Are there any geographical tendencies, or methods for collection, analysis or dissemination of findings? And finally, what are the tensions between public or community heritage and academia in the 21st century?

 

Keynote Speaker: Joana Craveiro 

"The Living Museum of Small, Forgotten and Unwanted Memories" - on the comfort and discomfort of the particular and the private. 

Follow this link for more details: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/research/conferences/internationalism

This was an open and free event with refreshments and a light lunch included. 

 

'The Year of Lewes'

Two Lewes-themed life writing projects in 2015

Submission deadlines for both projects have now passed, but please follow the links to read about the progress.

Map of Lewes by Neil Gower

New Pathways: A Psychogeographical Exploration of Lewes

Do you like walking, writing, filming, drifting? 

The CLHLWR is preparing a special audio/visual online publication at REFRAME titled 'New Pathways: A psychogeographical Exploration of Lewes'.

  • Criteria: this call was restricted to those who live in East Sussex or who have a connection to the University of Sussex.
  • Deadline: 31 May 2015
  • For more info click HEREPlease note: The deadline has now passed. We are no longer accepting submissions and are in the process of editing the publication.

True Tales from the Old Hill 

Looking for Sussex life writers

The Frogmore Press is preparing to publish a collection of outstanding new life writing, in partnership with the Centre for Life History and Writing Research.
We are looking for stories. The stories have to be true, and they have to be short, but there are no restrictions as to subject matter or style. We are interested in stories written by people who live in or around Lewes now, but the stories do not have to be about Lewes; we are interested in anecdotes that reveal the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives, in our family histories, in our minds and bodies, in our souls. In other words, true stories that sound like fiction.
  • Criteria: contributors must live in or around Lewes.
  • Deadline: 31 March 2015
  • For more info click HERE. Please note: The deadline has now passed. We are no longer accepting submissions and are in the process of editing the volume.

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If you would like to join the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research mailing list and receive regular updates about events, conferences and publication opportunities in the field of life history, life writing and oral history, please email: M.Jolly@sussex.ac.uk

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Objects and memory: German Expats needed for project led by @kingsartshums and @dhilondon ! thingswekeep.org/2015/05/12/ger… pic.twitter.com/m74wRqzCck

RT @FourthEstateDoc: Next free #screening of @FourthEstateDoc is at the Hanover Pub in #Brighton, on Queens Park Road, Monday 27th July, 7-9pm.

On the subjects of psychogeography, London etc: Iain Sinclair and Will Self at the V&A on 19 September: vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/…

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