Sussex University MA Life Histories

Information about partnership training in oral and life history

By Nicola Benge

Life History Research: Oral History and Life Story Documents (MA)

In the past three decades, life history research has been at the forefront of qualitative and narrative social science, history and the art of auto/biography. It has also been a significant intellectual part of political and social movements in this country and abroad. The MA explores the generation and use of life stories, socially and historically; a concern for the ethical and theoretical questions posed by the relationship between narrator and researcher; the ideal of empowering the narrator either indirectly through the stories heard or directly through participation in collaborative research.

The University of Sussex is a leading international centre for life history and life writing research and teaching. The Mass Observation Archive (a major base for ongoing research in autobiographical and documentary writing) is housed in the University Library, and the MA team has close links with local oral and community history projects.

What this MA will do

Students will learn how to design, carry out and analyse life history projects. The MA will be of interest to historians, teachers, museum workers and anyone with an interest in how we tell our life stories. Past students have used the skills gained in a wide range of ways, including multimedia and media work, developmental projects, museums and life history archives, publishing oral/life history projects and teaching life history in a range of settings.

This page was added by Nicola Benge on 19/05/2008.

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