Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Spring term 2008/09

Unless specified, all seminars for the Spring Term 2009 were held at the University of Sussex, Tuesdays 12.30-1.55pm, in the Arundel Building, Room 1b. (Wheelchair accessible.)

Family histories and sensation novels

Date: 17 March 2009
Speaker: Sue Eckstein, Anna Lyon and Juliana Vandergrift
Three postgraduate students and life history professionals will discuss how they have combined family history research with quest narratives, with a glance at the Victorian sensation novel and autobiographical fiction on the way.

Oral history and heritage lotteries

Date: 10 March 2009
Speaker: Sarah Hitchens, Lewis Artemis Arts
Sarah Hitchings is Oral Historian for the Lewes Phoenix Ironworks history project and will share her experiences of the history as it has developed, including finding the few women core makers still alive, the ups and downs of lottery funding and perspectives on working in the field after graduation from the MA in Life History Research.

Learning lives: narrativity and learning

Date: 24 February 2009
Speaker: Professor Ivor Goodson, School of Education, University of Brighton
Ivor Goodson will explain the Learning Lives project and how life history can reveal - and construct - educational turning points.

An anthropology of Moulsecoomb

Date: 10 February 2009
Speaker: Barbara Holler, Department of Anthropology, University of Sussex
Barbara Holler will talk about her anthropological research in the communities of the local suburb of Moulsecoomb, and what part oral history and life writing have played in her work. If possible, QueenSpark Books will attend to tell us about Moulsecoomb Days.

Life Writing and Victorian Culture

Date: 5 February 2009 with the Department of History
Speaker: Donna Loftus, Department of History, The Open University
Venue: Arts A 155
Time: 4 - 5.30pm
How did Victorian middle-class male subjectivity develop in relation to broader social, economic and political change? Donna's work will open up the way change is understood through life narrative, and the different types of temporalities autobiography can express.

Conflict, Crime and Violence seminar series (IDS) - 'Autobiographical narratives and the places of trauma: The case of ethnic assimilation of the Bulgarian Turks'

Date: 27 January 2009
Speaker: Teodora Karamelska, University of Sofia
Location: Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, room 221
Time: 1 - 2.30pm
All Welcome

Corporations are people too!' Corporate memory and business oral history

Date: 27 January 2009
Speaker: Rob Perks, Director, British Library National Sound Archives
Based on innovative projects at the British Library, such as oral histories of Tesco, the book trade and Royal Mail, Rob will reflect on the methodological challenges of using oral history in a corporate environment.

The Soldier's Song

Date: 21 January 2009 with the Department of History
Speaker: Ken Lukowiak, The Soldier's Song, Marijuana Time
Venue: Arts A 155
Time: 2.30 - 4.00pm
Ken Lukowiak served in 2 Para in the Falklands in 1982 and wrote about it in The Soldier's Song. His work has been adapted for the theatre and he has worked as a war correspondent and journalist. He will be talking about this, as well as his experiences of being written about and represented in documentary and news footage.