Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Seminar series

The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research was launched in June 1999. It offers a regular seminar series which began years ago as the Life History Research Network.


Do you want to present your work on life writing, oral history, life narrative?

The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex invites proposals from researchers, doctoral students and early career scholars who wish to present their work either in the CLHLWR seminar series or in a reading group for work-in-progress. We encourage participation from across schools, institutions and disciplines, and welcome proposals on the (non-exhaustive) list of themes below:

  • Life history, oral history, life writing and life narrative as historical sources
  • The creative arts of life narrative (autobiography, biography, memoir, diaries, letters, blogs, photography, documentary …)
  • Philosophical approaches to the life story (post-humanism; the ethics of care…)
  • New uses of life narrative in education or training
  • Community projects and development through life story work
  • Life narrative at the intersection of individual and social
  • Reminiscence work, memory, ageing
  • Regeneration and advocacy (trauma, conflict, post-conflict)
  • Digital lives (arts, psychologies, genealogies, technologies)
  • Public history (museums, archives, street-lives)
  • Life narrative and the law (copyright, censorship, ethics, inheritance, human rights)
  • The Mass-Observation Archive as resource and CLHLWR associate

If you would like to present, please send a word document containing:

  • An abstract (300 words) for a 20 minute presentation
  • A brief biography (including name, degree, year and research interests)
  • 5 keywords reflecting the main themes of your presentation
  • Your contact details

Thank you!

Alexandra Loske