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.
Our first free event this Autumn:
Writer, professor, public historian
Respondent: Professor Ben Highmore
15 October 2015, Fulton Building Room 113, 5-6.30pm
Alison Light will talk about her recent book, Common People: the History of an English Family which used her own family history to follow the lives of the migrant, working poor. A mix of memoir, social history and reflection, the book raises questions about the limits and possibilities of family history as a form of multiple biography; how we write the lives of the unknown, especially in these days of 'poverty porn'; and the boundaries between history, fiction and personal memory.
This event is co-sponsored by the Centre for Modernist Studies.
'The Year of Lewes'
Two Lewes-themed life writing projects in 2015
Walking, writing, filming, drifting ..
The CLHLWR is preparing a special audio/visual online publication at REFRAME titled 'New Pathways: A psychogeographical Exploration of Lewes'.
- For more info click HERE. Please note: The deadline has now passed. We are no longer accepting submissions and are in the process of editing the publication.
Stories that are stranger than fiction, by Sussex life writers
The Frogmore Press is preparing to publish a collection of outstanding new life writing, in partnership with the Centre for Life History and Writing Research.
We were looking for stories. The stories had to be true, but there were no restrictions as to subject matter or style. We are interested in stories written by people who live in or around Lewes now, but the stories do not have to be about Lewes; we are interested in anecdotes that reveal the mysterious and unknowable forces at work in our lives. The anthology, comprising more than sixty tales, will be published in October 2015.
Come and join us at this first free event to celebrate this project:
20 October 2015, 5.30 - 6.30
Rachel Cole & Jeremy Page, with Sally Willow and Katie Leacock
True Tales from the Old Hill: Life writing in question
Language Learning Centre, Arts A, University of Sussex
Sussex Centre for Language Studies Language and Culture Series
Wine served from 5.00. All welcome. Free event.
- For more info click HERE.
- You can view and download the CLHLWR Annual Report 2015 here.
Environment Stories: Double book launch Wednesday 15 April 2015, Alison Jolly's THANK YOU MADAGASCAR and Simon Pooley's BURNING TABLE MOUNTAIN
The Internationalism of Life History Research in the 21st Century, 18 June 2015 - The 7th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conferenceYou can view and download the CLHLWR Annual Report for 2014 here.
- 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