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.

Director of CLHLWR Dr Margaretta Jolly co-edits new book on life writing and human rights work:

We Shall Bear Witness: Life Narratives and Human Rights We Shall Bear Witness cover Sept 2014

  Edited by Meg Jensen and Margaretta Jolly  

Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography

Published in July 2014, University of Wisconsin Press

Personal testimonies are the life force of human rights work, and rights claims have brought profound power to the practice of life writing. This volume explores the connections and conversations between human rights and life writing through a dazzling, international collection of essays by survivor-writers, scholars, and human rights advocates.

Download the flyer HERE.

 

 

Shivaun Woolfson: People, Places and Holocaust Objects  
7 October 2014, Jubilee 144 
5 - 6 pm
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH  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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