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 CLHLWR 2016 Annual Review

You can now download our latest annual review HERE.

We are looking back on a year of exciting events, courses, collaborations and publications. 

Please join us next year. Our new programme will be available soon.

Oral History for Public Culture Day 1

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Next free seminar:

Diaries of the Outside: Annie Ernaux and Tanya Shadrick

With Lyn Thomas and Tanya Shadrick

Monday, 14 November 2016
5-6.30 pm
Language Learning Centre
Arts A
University of Sussex 

Annie Ernaux and Tanya Shadrick

The speakers, Professor Lyn Thomas and Lewes writer Tanya Shadrick will explore how the project of the journal extime redefines the diary and act of writing, as well as discussing the role of the writer as ethnographer of a space / time; and the impact of women writers 'occupying' public space.

This seminar, jointly organised by the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research and the Sussex Centre for Language Studies will introduce the concept of the journal extime, or diary of the outside, pioneered by prize-winning French writer Annie Ernaux. 

 

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