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.

Call for submissions:

New Pathways: A Psychogeographical Exploration of Lewes

 

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Do you like walking, writing, filming, drifting? 


The CLHLWR is seeking contributors to a special audio/visual online publication at REFRAME titled 'New Pathways: A psychogeographical Exploration of Lewes'.

OPEN MEETING
Tuesday 24th February 2015, 5.00-6.00pm
Silverstone Building 325 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY

An informal open meeting for anyone interested in submission, joining the group or simply learning about psychogeography. 
Plus a screening of a short film shot at Lewes Bonfire Night 2014 commissioned especially for submission. No need to book, all welcome.
Any questions, contact Prof Lyn Thomas lynjthomas@sussex.ac.uk

Click here for more information about the project.

Call for submissions:

True Tales from the Old Hill 

Looking for Sussex life writers

The Frogmore Press is seeking to publish a collection of outstanding new life writing, in partnership with the Centre for Life History and Writing Research.
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Writers are invited to submit a prose piece of up to 750 words in length on any subject, to create a ‘museum of Lewesian reality’ (inspired by Paul Auster’s collection True Tales of American Life):
We are looking for stories. The stories have to be true, and they have to be short, but there are 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, in our family histories, in our minds and bodies, in our souls. In other words, true stories that sound like fiction.
Criteria for submissions: contributors must live in or around Lewes.
Deadline: 31 March 2015
One hard copy and/or an emailed version to:
The Frogmore Press
21 Mildmay Road
Lewes, BN7 1PJ
and/or by email to frogmorepress@gmail.com
Please mark all submissions ‘TALES’.
A committee comprising editors at Frogmore and life writing specialists at the CLHLWR will consider all submissions in making their selection.
To find out more about The Frogmore Press, visit: http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/ or http://frogmore-jp.blogspot.co.uk/

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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

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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.

Please feel free to join us at our Open Meeting on Lewes psychogeography project tomorrow, 5pm @SussexUni @_REFRAME pic.twitter.com/23c5hKOuDs

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RT @FrogmorePress: A reminder of our latest Call for Submissions:'True Tales from the Old Hill' (Lewes), deadline 31 March. Details here sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/researc…

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