Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research

Summer term 2009/10

The first and last seminars this term are at the University of Sussex, Tuesdays 12.30-1.50pm, in Bramber House 234. The seminar on Friday 30 April is in Russell Building 20. (Both rooms wheelchair accessible) The 30 April seminar is also at the different time of 2-3.30pm.

Health histories in the digital era and other tech-life-stories

Date: 25 May 2010
Speaker: Lesley Axlerod, Informatics, University of Sussex
Electronic health records are moving towards an intergrated system that will incorporate entire life histories of health and social care.  As part of the Sussex Patient Records Enhancement Project, Lesley Axelrod will explore what this means for our health stories.  She will also explore how to manage the ethical questions that arise from professional sharing of individual health histories.  She will also discuss the relationship between technology and life story-telling generally, whether older people using wii or digital memeory tools.  

Caressed, Annihilated, Evil-Twinned: The Evolving (Autobiographical) Subject in Documentary

Visual Narratives in the Performance of Life: Performance, Identity, Biography,and the Documentary Form 

School of Media, Film and Music Research in Progress Seminars
Venue: University of Sussex, Silverstone Building SB309
Date: Wed 19th May, 4.30-6.00pm
Speakers: Shannon Magness (Caressed, Annihilated...), Barbara Elektra Droth (Visual Narratives...)
Chair: Nick Till 

'I for India': reminiscence work in theory and practice

Date: Friday 30 April 2010, 2 - 3.30pm
Speaker: Meena Khatwa, Bombay Mix: Film and Arts Beyond Bollywood
A daughter of migrants from India & East Africa, Meena's work in academia and the community arts education centres on identities, home and belonging.  She will draw on her experiences as a creative reminiscence worker at Age Exchange and more recently in arts education to share insights about how to interview, engage with memory and work with elders and young people, particularly in cross-cultural settings.  She may also engage us in a reminiscence exercise!

Putting the Aural back into oral history

Date: 27 April 2010
Speaker: Jo Palache, Brighton Museum
The emotional and aesthetic power of the voice is at the heart of much oral history, but it is notoriously difficult to explain, capturw and present.  Drawing upon her work for Brighton Museum, Jo Palache will talk about her exploration into the aural qualities of oral history narratives and their practical application in connecting the public and the past together.