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.

Stanmer - Oral Histories

Stanmer House

Local company Inroads Productions has been awarded R&D funding through the Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts Scheme to develop Stanmer, a brand new play to be written by Sara Clifford.

Getting involved: There will be plenty of opportunities for members of the community to get involved by either contributing their stories and memories or taking part in free oral history training sessions delivered by Brighton University Centre For Research in Memory Narrative & Histories.

ORAL HISTORIES – 50 voices: A key element of the project will be to work with local residents to collect their memories of the House and park, and particularly the early days of the university, as well as family stories about working at the House.

Do you have a story to share? Then please get in touch…

CONTACT: Sara Clifford – stanmerhouse1960@gmail.com

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Shivaun Woolfson: People, Places and Holocaust Objects

7 October 2014, Jubilee 144
5 - 6 pm, University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9SL  

Shivaun Woolfson book launch

Dr. Shivaun Woolfson travelled to Lithuania to trace her ancestry and discovered the story of a people. Holocaust Legacy in Post- Soviet Lithuania: People, Places and Objects, the wonderful new book she has written about her experience, uncovers the lives of a remarkable group of elderly Holocaust survivors against a backdrop of ongoing Holocaust dismissal. To launch the book, Shivaun will deliver a short presentation highlighting the remarkable histories of the individuals at the heart of her research.

This talk is for anyone interested in memory, object stories, and one of the defining histories of the twentieth century. The book will be on sale at a 40% discount at the event. 

This event is sponsored by the Sussex Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies.

For more information, please contact: Alexandra Loske, a.loske@sussex.ac.uk

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

Exciting: On 25 Nov @MikeyCuddihy1 will come to us to talk about her memories of Summerhill. She'll be joined byJudith Okely. Details soon.

See some pictures of our popular Shivaun Woolfson event on 7 October, 'People, Places and Holocaust Objects' here: sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/seminar…

RT @SpokenMemoirs: Inspirational and moving talk by Shivaun Woolfson @CLHLWR @SussexUni yesterday.'People Places and Holocaust Objects'

Invitation to book launch and reading for 'We Shall Bear Witness: Life Narratives and Human Rights' Details: pic.twitter.com/KytqOdvnPS

Free event tomorrow, Tue 7 Oct, 5pm @SussexUni : Shivaun Woolfson 'People, Places and Holocaust Objects' All welcome. sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/seminar…

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