Sussex Centre for Language Studies


Life History and Life Writing Research: Critical and Creative Approaches

Friday 16 June 10:00 until 16:00
University of Sussex
Part of the series: The 9th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference

Life history and life writing have opened the door to creativity in universities across disciplines – politically, poetically, philosophically, playfully. Questioning impersonal and dislocated theory by radical scholars of gender, sexuality, race and class has created a space for academics in the Humanities to bring their own histories into their work, or even become life writers. Simultaneously creative life writers are increasingly speaking to academic concerns with representation and the self. This conference aims to reflect and respond to this convergence. We particularly welcome papers addressing the following areas:

 -      creative and critical approaches to research on life histories and life writing

-       writing the lives of others creatively

-       the practice of ‘speaking personally, academically’

-       life writing as project; innovations in approaches to life writing

-       the impact of academic research and approaches on life writing and life writers

-       practice-based or multimedia approaches to lives

-       workshops or teaching exercises that use creative life history/writing

Postgraduate and early career researchers are warmly invited to present at this conference. This is a free event, refreshments and lunch provided by CRMNH and CLHLWR.

Please send a 300-word abstract, a brief biography (including your name, degree, year and research interests), five keywords, and your contact details by 24th April 2017 to: Dr Sam Carroll at

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