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.

Last event:

12 January 2023, 7pm-8.30pm 

Online talk, The College of Psychic Studies 

Colour, Convalescence, Cosmos: The Late Watercolours of Dr Grace Pailthorpe

Dr Hope Wolf

Grace Pailthorpe

Dr. Grace Winifred Pailthorpe (1883 -1971) brought scientific and artistic thinking together in her exploration of psychoanalysis, Surrealism and spirituality. This richly illustrated online talk examines her approach in the context of her watercolour paintings.

Grace Pailthorpe had a medical background, serving as a surgeon in the First World War, and went on to work as a doctor in a goldmine community in Western Australia. When she returned to Britain, she turned her attention from the body to the mind, studying and practicing psychoanalysis. She later pioneered a new form of art therapy.

The talk will focus on the watercolour paintings Pailthorpe made in the 1960s and 1970s from her home in Sussex. It will place these in the context of her earlier Surrealist and psychoanalytic experiments, and will go on to discuss how they might relate to her interests in theosophy and the occult.

All welome, booking essential. Details here: 

https://www.collegeofpsychicstudies.co.uk/talks/spirit-inspired-art/colour-convalescence-cosmos-the-late-watercolours-of-dr-grace-pailthorpe/

Dr Hope Wolf is a Senior Lecturer in Modernism at Sussex University. She is co-Director of the Centre for Modernist Studies and Associate Director of the Centre for Life Histories & Life Writing Research.

 

 

 

Recent news and events:

An article by Kelly Grovier has been published on the BBC CULTURE website, drawing on this CLHLWR research project: Squaring the Colour Circle: the lives and work of women in colour history

THE WOMEN WHO REDEFINED COLOUR

Screenshot BBC Culture article by Kelly Grovier April 2022

Related past event:

19 May 2022, 7.30pm (in person)

Squaring the Colour Circle: Pioneering women in colour literature and theory

The Rodmell Library Lectures

Rodmell Library Talk Alexandra Loske 19 May 2022

Rodmell Village Hall, Rodmell, East Sussex

Speaker: Alexandra Loske (University of Sussex)

£5. Tickets: https://ticketpass.org/event/EEZXCF/squaring-the-colour-circle-pioneering-women-in-colour-literature-and-theory-copy

All proceeds go to charitable causes.

 

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