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 CLHLWR 2016 Annual Review

You can now download our latest annual review HERE.

We are looking back on a year of exciting events, courses, collaborations and publications. 

Please join us next year. Our new programme will be available soon.

Oral History for Public Culture Day 1

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Next free seminar:

Nicoletta Demetriou: 'Collecting music, collecting life stories: The Cypriot Fiddler project'

8 February 2017
4-5.30pm
Room: Fulton 202
University of Sussex 

Cypriot Fiddler Project

In this seminar Nicoletta Demetriou will discuss The Cypriot Fiddler project, her attempt to record the stories of Cyprus's last surviving traditional fiddlers both in writing and in a documentary.  She will talk about what musicians' life stories can tell us about the music and society we are looking at, and about the importance of letting musicians tell their own story, in their own words. 

 

 

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