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 submissions:
Writers, filmmakers and artists are invited to submit a prose piece of up to 750 words in length, or an audiovisual, audio or visual feature, under the rubric ‘The psychogeography of Lewes’. This includes the town of Lewes and the area defined by Lewes District Council.
- Criteria: this call is restricted to those who live in East Sussex or who have a connection to the University of Sussex.
- Deadline: 31 May 2015
- How to submit work: Two hard copies and an emailed or Dropboxed version to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Judging: Submissions will be judged by a committee comprised of editors at REFRAME and life writing specialists at the CLHLWR.
We are inviting all who wish to come to an open meeting on 3rd December 11.45-12.45 in Silverstone Building, Room 325 for an introduction and explanation of the project followed afterwards by organic nibbles in Silverstone social space. If you cannot come on the day but wish to be considered for inclusion and possible publication please contact: email@example.com.
Call for submissions:
Looking for Sussex life writers
- 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