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.
Director of CLHLWR Dr Margaretta Jolly co-edits new book on life writing and human rights work:
Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography
To be published in September 2014, University of Wisconsin Press
Personal testimonies are the life force of human rights work, and rights claims have brought profound power to the practice of life writing. This volume explores the connections and conversations between human rights and life writing through a dazzling, international collection of essays by survivor-writers, scholars, and human rights advocates.
How Life History Research entails singular questions and special outcomes.
The 6th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference.
Co-organised by the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research (University of Sussex) and the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton)
6 June 2014 at The Keep, Brighton
The conference was a huge success, with a packed conference room at the Keep and a range of interdisciplinary contributors employing life history research. We have presentations from historians, educators, sociologists, cultural historians and more - including a librettist, cartoonist and a stoolball player. Please follow this link for the complete conference programme and photographic impressions of the day: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/research/conferences/researchinguniqueness
- 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