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 Year of Lewes'

Two Lewes-themed life writing projects in 2015

New Pathways:  A Psychogeography of Lewes.

Lyn Thomas, Adam Whitehall, Margaretta Jolly, with REFRAME

The multimedia publication through REFRAME is now launched. Click here to see, read and browse it. 

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!

Lewes Life Writing event

Our next free event:

Mao's Lost Children: Stories of the rusticated youth of China's Cultural Revolution

Laura Maynard, Andrew Crisell, Professor Magnus Marsden and Maurizio Marinelli

2 December
Arts C175
1-2.30pm

Mao’s Lost Children

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.

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