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.
11 May 2016, 16:00-18:00
Silverstone Building, University of Sussex
CLHLWR is delighted to invite you to the launch of the Giddy Brighton website (giddybrighton.com), with interactive presentation of the research and resources that support the Giddy app and walking tour of Brighton Festival 2016.
2016 is the 50th year of Brighton Festival, and Giddy invites participants to explore memories of being a teenager in Brighton in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Celebrating Brighton’s unique history, the oral histories gathered for Giddy are focused on memories of identity work, rebellion, love, dancing, music and subcultures in these decades.
Call for papers!
Extended deadline: 20 May 2016
The 8th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference Co-organised by the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (CRMNH, University of Brighton) and the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research (CLHLWR, University of Sussex)
10am - 4pm, 22nd June 2016
University of Brighton, Grand Parade Campus, M2
The discipline of life history research has long had a political engagement with the tensions between marginalised and dominant voices in the making of public cultures. This year’s postgraduate conference 'Subversive Histories for Public Cultures' re-visits the politics surrounding the practice of life history research. We seek to critically question acts of telling and hearing, and to consider how subversive narratives of the past perform and circulate in public cultures. In this way, the conference will conceptually explore how life history research methods contribute to the interruption and/or maintenance of public cultures, as well as the methods, approaches, and ethical considerations that this entails.
We invite postgraduate or early career researchers to present at this conference their contributions to one or more questions outlined above. This is a free event, refreshments and lunch provided by CRMNH and CLHLWR.
Please send a 300-word abstract, a brief biography (including your name, degree and research interests) and your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote Speaker: Dr Carrie Hamilton (University of Roehampton)
- 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