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.

Woman's Hour: Telling History, Being History, Making History’

Dr Kate Murphy will share her inside knowledge of life at one of the nation’s defining sites of women’s representation.

Thursday 22nd May 2014   12.30-1.45pm   Venue: Arts A 001 (Lecture theatre)

Woman's Hour image provided by speaker  Kate Murphy. Copyright BBC.Dr Kate Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Radio Production at the University of Bournemouth. She worked at the BBC for 24 years, primarily as a Senior Producer for Woman’s Hour, during which time she had responsibility for the history output, as well as carrying out extensive research into the programme’s past.

This is a free event. All welcome. No need to book.
For further information please contact  a.loske@sussex.ac.uk or adcf20@sussex.ac.uk
This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Gender Studies.

 

 

Call for papers!

Researching Uniqueness:

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

Researching Uniqueness CfP header  6 June 2014

We invite postgraduate participants to present at this conference their contributions on why it was pivotal to prioritise the life history methodology in answering initial research questions and how this approach subsequently shaped and impacted their research and findings. Please follow this link for details: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/research/conferences/researchinguniqueness

Please send a 300-word abstract, a brief biography (including name, degree, year and research interests), 5 keywords, and your contact details to a.d.c.ferreira-campos@sussex.ac.uk by 2nd May 2014

Mailing list

If you would like to join the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research mailing list and receive regular updates about events, conferences and publication opportunities in the field of life history, life writing and oral history, please email: M.Jolly@sussex.ac.uk

Twitter

The Centre for Life History & Life Writing Research at the University at Sussex explores life narrative as art, history and social practice.

Listen to Nicky Bird's talk ' Voyaging Voices: Reflections on a Glasgow Women’s Library Residency' from 4 April here: sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/researc…

Photographic impressions of our workshop Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiations, 4 April 2014 @SussexUni sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/researc…

RT @AnitaBroad: @CLHLWR spent a great couple of hours listening to the very interesting Joe @joemoransblog this afternoon. I shall be ordering books aplenty

TODAY! Joe Moran: ‘Television and the History of Everyday Life’ Free talk @SussexUni 4p.m. sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/seminar… pic.twitter.com/upnUx5VHhM

CfP: 'Researching Uniqueness' How Life History Research Entails Singular Questions... Organised by @CLHLWR and @CRMNH sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/researc…

Visit CLHLWR on Twitter