Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Spring term 2011/12

Working with diaries: Nin, intimacy and the everyday

25 January 12.30 to 2.00pm Seminar/Workshop, Special Collections Reading Room

Ruth Charnock and Fiona Murrell: Working with diaries: Nin, intimacy and the everyday

Dr. Ruth Charnock will be talking about Anais Nin, published diarist and novelist who famously wrote in her diary for over 60 years. As Ruth will discuss, Nin’s diary poses both difficulties and intriguing questions concerning authorship, authenticity and intimacy for the life-writing and literary scholar. Fiona Murrell will discuss her research into two unknown diarists whose documents are located in the Mass Observation Archive. She will focus on issues of reading 'ordinary' manuscript diaries and discuss the relationship between writing a diary, temporality and the experience of ageing.

Hair Stories

6 March 2012 12:30 to 2pm, Workshop/Seminar, Special Collections Reading Room.

Patricia Malcomson and Sindi Gordon

Patricia Malcolmson presents on hair and personal identity, a discussion of how women have felt about their hair, and their responses to those feelings. Sindi Gordon introduces her life history research project based on a Brighton based hair salon/barbershop, a microcosm of a 'multicultural' Britain; serving people from African, Caribbean, Asian and European heritage.

Gender, blogging, Iran: a special event with Feminist Review

Wed 15 February 2012 1pm - 5.00pm Silverstone Building Room 309. University of Sussex.
Gender, blogging, Iran: a special event with Feminist Review

Special Launch event for Feminist Review issue 99: ‘Media Transformations’ edited by Lizzie Thynne (Sussex) and Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS): ‘Gender and neo-liberal entrepreneurship in blogs from the Iranian diaspora’. A discussion between Sima Shakhsari (University of Houston, Texas) and Gholam Khiabany (Sussex). Discussion begins at 2.45 pm, preceded by lunch at 1pm and a screening of Blogger’s War Dir. Farid Haerinejad, CBC, (2005) at 1.45pm. Chairs: Lizzie Thynne and Nadje Al-Ali.