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

To be published in September 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.

 

 

Researching Uniqueness:

How Life History Research entails singular questions and special outcomes.

The 6th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference. 

Co-organised by the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research (University of Sussex) and the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (University of Brighton) 

6 June 2014 at The Keep, Brighton

Researching Uniqueness CfP header  6 June 2014

The conference was a huge success, with a packed conference room at the Keep and a range of interdisciplinary contributors employing life history research. We have presentations from historians, educators, sociologists, cultural historians and more - including a librettist, cartoonist and a stoolball player. Please follow this link for  the complete conference programme and photographic impressions of the day: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/research/conferences/researchinguniqueness

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If you would like to join the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research mailing list and receive regular updates about events, conferences and publication opportunities in the field of life history, life writing and oral history, please email: M.Jolly@sussex.ac.uk

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The Centre for Life History & Life Writing Research at the University at Sussex explores life narrative as art, history and social practice.

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Screening of Lizzie Thynne's 'On the Border' Fri 25 Jul 6:30pm, Birkbeck Cinema #PeltzGallery familytiesnetwork.wordpress.com/events/ pic.twitter.com/HCTM8tlOuB

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