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.

Our last free event:
Moon Life Stories:
Psychogeography beyond Earth
  Thu 13 December 2018, University of Sussex 

4-5.30pm, Room 4, Language Centre, Arts A

 Moon cover Alexandra Loske Robert Massey James Attlee Nocturne UK edition

Please join us to celebrate winter shine and sparkle in exploring lives lived with and under the Moon. There will be seasonal drinks and nibbles.

Writer James Attlee explores what humanity loses in the perpetual day of contemporary society, drawing from his acclaimed Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight. We follow by considering the Moon’s own history, from its violent birth to the moon landings, to a red Moon at the time of climate change. 

Proudly featuring art historian and CLHLWR researcher Dr Alexandra Loske in conversation with Dr Robert Massey, Deputy Executive Director at the Royal Astronomical Society, celebrating the launch of their beautiful new book Moon: Art, Science, Culture.

Sussex University astrophysicist Dr Darren Baskill will offer a response and we will set up a telescope.

THIS IS A PAST EVENT. See here for impressions from the day: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/seminarseries/201819seminars/moonlifestories

 

 

 

We are pleased to be collaborating with The Keep again to support this exciting upcoming course:

Beyond The Family Tree: Writing, Curating and Presenting Your Family’s Past.

New Course: 8 weeks, beginning 2 February 2019

A practical creative writing course is designed to help individuals work imaginatively with their family archives, which might include letters, journals, documents, photographs, artworks and objects. For more information click HERE.

 

Beyond the Family Tree poster

This practical creative writing course is designed to help individuals work imaginatively with their family archives, which might include letters, journals, documents, photographs, artworks and objects. Led by author and life historian Shivaun Woolfson, the sessions will enable you to develop a narrative approach and explore ways of telling your story, while Keep staff will offer advice on finding, interpreting and caring for family archives. There will be an opportunity to take part in a guided tour of The Keep and, in the final session, to share your work with family and friends.

 

 

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