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 Papers. Deadline 1st May 2015:
The 7th 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)
18 June 2015, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
University of Brighton: Grand Parade Campus. M2
Keynote: Joana Craveiro 'The Living Museum of Small, Forgotten and Unwanted Memories'
We invite postgraduate or early career researchers to present at this conference their contributions to one or more questions outlined above. Each presentation should concentrate on one particular geographical area to demonstrate their reasoning. This is a free event, refreshments and lunch provided by CRMNH and CLHLWR..
Where does the international academic field of Life History Research find itself in 2015? What research examples can shed light on this question and what interdisciplinary methods are informing our projects? Are there any geographical tendencies, or methods for collection, analysis or dissemination of findings? And finally, what are the tensions between public or community heritage and academia in the 21st century?
Follow this link for more details: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/research/conferences/internationalism
"The Year of Lewes"
Opportunities for publication:
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'.
- Criteria: this call is restricted to those who live in East Sussex or who have a connection to the University of Sussex.
- Deadline: 31 May 2015
- For more info click HERE.
Looking for Sussex life writers
- Criteria: contributors must live in or around Lewes.
- Deadline: 31 March 2015
- For more info click HERE.
Environment Stories: Double book launch Wednesday 15 April 2015, Alison Jolly's THANK YOU MADAGASCAR and Simon Pooley's BURNING TABLE MOUNTAIN
The Internationalism of Life History Research in the 21st Century, 18 June 2015 - The 7th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference
- Researching Uniqueness' The 6th annual Brighton/Sussex PG conference (6 June 2014).
- 'Feminist pioneers of social research ...' Listen to recordings of the CLHLWR 19 March 2014 here.
- Introducing CLHLWR's new administrators and researchers 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.
- 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