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.
Free workshop: Public and Personal Archives: Creative Negotiations
Friday 4 April 11.00 – 5.30 pm, Creativity Zone, University of Sussex, Pevensey III, Room C7.
This free workshop explores the relationship of public and personal in different life story projects which prioritize listening, sound and voice. Three presentations will discuss questions of politics, representation and aesthetics which arise in using life stories in creative works. The aim of the event is to generate discussion around the work by allowing hour-long slots for each presentation. Students are especially welcome to attend.
The event includes a display of video, photography, and sound work by Suze Adams, Jacqueline Butler, Rosy Martin, Sally Waterman and Lizzie Thynne, all artists associated with the Family Ties Network.
Presented by the Family Ties Network and Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, University of Sussex. Supported by the Leverhulme Trust.
THIS EVENT IS FREE BUT PLEASE REGISTER WITH ALEXANDRA LOSKE, firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK BY 15 MARCH, PLEASE.
- Nicky Bird, Glasgow School of Art: Voyaging Voices: Reflections on a Glasgow Women's Library Residency
- Melanie Friend, University of Sussex: Standing By: The Ethics of Domestic Ethnography
- Ed Hughes, Lizzie Thynne and Margaretta Jolly, University of Sussex: Voices in Movement: Sisterhood and After
An Anthropology of Ourselves: Exploring Mass Observation for Creative Projects - Mar/Apr 2014
Discover the unique Mass Observation (MO) Archive and its inspirational value both for creative arts and community projects, in the beautiful bespoke setting of The Keep archive.
Short open course
Four day schools on Fridays, 10am to 4pm
Fridays March 21st and 28th, April 4th and 11th, at The Keep.
Tutor: Dr Sam Carroll
Cost: £95/£45 Unwaged or Student
Download the course description here.
This course will suit writers, photographers, dramatists and anyone with an interest in setting up a creative community enterprise that engages with life history. Throughout this four week course you will be supported in and encouraged to nurture your own ideas for a project.
- Introducing CLHLWR's new administrators 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.
- CALL FOR PAPERS: CLHLWR SEMINAR SERIES 2014. For info click this link
- Jenna Bailey talk on the Ivy Benson Band events poster
- 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