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.
Woman's Hour: Telling History, Being History, Making History’
Dr Kate Murphy will share her inside knowledge of life at one of the nation’s defining sites of women’s representation.
Thursday 22nd May 2014 12.30-1.45pm Venue: Arts A 001 (Lecture theatre)
Dr Kate Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Radio Production at the University of Bournemouth. She worked at the BBC for 24 years, primarily as a Senior Producer for Woman’s Hour, during which time she had responsibility for the history output, as well as carrying out extensive research into the programme’s past.
Call for papers!
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
We invite postgraduate participants to present at this conference their contributions on why it was pivotal to prioritise the life history methodology in answering initial research questions and how this approach subsequently shaped and impacted their research and findings. Please follow this link for details: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/clhlwr/research/conferences/researchinguniqueness
Please send a 300-word abstract, a brief biography (including name, degree, year and research interests), 5 keywords, and your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2nd May 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.
- 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