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: 
Locating women in 'The Folk':
Perspectives on women’s contributions to folk song, folklore, and cultural traditions.
  9 June 2018, University of Sussex 

An interdisciplinary conference, co-presented by Sussex Traditions and The English Folk Dance & Song Society. Supported by The Centre for Memories, Narratives and Histories (Brighton University), and Sussex University’s Music Department.

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Women have always been central to the study and practice of folklore, arts and cultural traditions – as tradition bearers, performers, authors, collectors, storytellers and scholars. However, their contribution hasn’t always received the recognition it deserves; this symposium aims to redress the balance. We are inviting 20-minute papers/presentations and A1 poster presentations on relevant topics. 

MORE DETAILS HERE.

 

New collaborative project:

Hastings Heritage and Art Trail

Launching September 2018 

Hastings Heritage and Art Trail - Maxine Beuret

The brainchild of artist and photographer Maxine Beuret, the trail will be multidimensional walking tour taking in ten central locations that have not largely changed for over 25 years. Each place has been chosen for its amazing atmosphere and fascinating design history.

Maxine Beuret will photograph each location.

These images will be displayed at each of the stops on the trail alongside historical information and some relevant artefacts from Hastings Museum collection.

Inspired by the trail, users are encourage to create their own videos and photographs, which will also be displayed along the trail and on the website.

info@hastingstrail.co.uk

For more information on the project and related events follow this link:

http://hastingsheritagetrail.co.uk/

 

 

 

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