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.
Meet the CLHLWR on 11 Dec 2013
The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research will be hosting an open meeting on Wednesday 11 December 2013 at 1pm-2.30pm, in Silverstone Building Room 309, followed by mingle, drinks and nibbles in the social space outside.
All are welcome to come and find out what we do, with a brief review of the year and announcements of upcoming events including:
- New CLHLWR Visiting Fellow Jenna Bailey, author of the best-selling Can Any Mother Help Me? Speaking on her new book-in-progress, on Tuesday 28 January
- Professor Paul Thompson and Professor Joanna Bornat, presenting with centre director Margaretta Jolly on feminist oral history, on 19 March, followed by a Masterclass in Doing Oral History Interviewing
- Exploring Mass Observation short course, run at The Keep, in May.
Breakthrough for Deaf life story archive
The British Deaf Association (BDA) has been awarded £719,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to digitise their film archive and develop an oral history archive. John Walker of the CLHLWR advised on the bid. John is an expert on oral and video history in Deaf education.
The three-year project aims to digitise the BDA collection and put it at the heart of a wide-ranging education and outreach programme that will address the significant lack of resources focussed on the cultural history of the Deaf community in the UK.
- For more information see the BDA press release: http://www.bda.org.uk/News/137
- Hearing Her: New Feminist Oral Histories, 11 April 2013 [PDF 288.77KB]
- Silver Action at the Tate Modern, 3 February 2013: Open call
- Honouring Mary McIntosh, 1936-2013 at Lesbian Lives conference, 15-16 February 2013
- Hospital memories brought back to life
- Mass Observation anniversary conference: call for papers
- The University of Sussex Oral History project and the story of the Meeting House
- Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project