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.

Launch and private view of

GIDDY BRIGHTON

11 May 2016, 16:00-18:00

Sussex Digital Humanities Lab

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. 

Image courtesy of QueenSpark Books' Brighton & Hove Photographic Collection.

Call for papers!

Deadline 29 April 2016

Subversive Histories for Public Cultures - The politics of life history research

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)

Subversive Histories for Public Cultures - PG conference 2016

10am - 4pm, 22nd June 2015
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 memorynarrativehistories@brighton.ac.uk

Keynote Speaker: Dr Carrie Hamilton (University of Roehampton)

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