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 Year of Lewes'
Two Lewes-themed life writing projects in 2015
Lyn Thomas, Adam Whitehall, Margaretta Jolly, with REFRAME
We will be celebrating the publication of both our Lewes Life Writing Projects (True Tales from the Old Hill and New Pathways) on 1 December 2015 in Lewes. Come and join us!
Our next free event:
Laura Maynard, Andrew Crisell, Professor Magnus Marsden and Maurizio Marinelli
Join us for discussion and nibbles at the launch of a fascinating new collection of memoirs written by more than fifty Chinese who as young people during the rule of Mao Zedong were rusticated to Hainan Island to clear the jungle for rubber plantations. Their unique, first-hand insights into this turbulent period of China’s recent history are also a moving testimony to the indomitable nature of the human spirit.
This event is co-sponsored by the Sussex Asia Centre.
- 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