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Historicising Selfhood

This workshop is designed for doctoral students who work with a wide range of ‘life documents’ including photographs, diaries, oral history, biographies and other forms of life writing.  

Historicising Selfhood

Wednesday 16 May, 10.00-5.00
Essex Business School, University of Essex

This workshop is designed for doctoral students who work with a wide range of ‘life documents’ including photographs, diaries, oral history, biographies and other forms of life writing.  In specialist led sessions, we will work with primary sources to investigate:

·         Techniques for reading selfhood and subjectivity through life documents

·         Interdisciplinary methods when using life documents

·         Working across and between different types of life documents

·         Mining life documents for historical experience

·         Tracing narratives across different life document forms.

·         Potential problems and pitfalls

In preparation for the workshop participants will be expected to read examples of life documents, which will be emailed in advance, plus any extracts from secondary sources selected by the workshop leaders.

(provisional) Workshop Timetable:

10.00-11.00: Keynote lecture. ‘Historicising Selfhood’, Professor Penny Summerfield, Emerita Professor of Modern History, University of Manchester

11.00-12.00: Mass Observation.  Professor Claire Langhamer, University of Sussex

12.00-1.00: Lunch and informal networking

1.00-2.00:  Oral History. Dr  Juliette Pattinson, Reader in History, University of Kent

2.00-3.00: Autobiography. Dr Jeremy Krikler, University of Essex

3.00-3.30: Tea break

3.30-4.30: Photographs. Professor Penny Tinkler, University of Manchester

4.30-5.00: Final feedback and roundtable. Convenor and Chair, Professor Lucy Noakes, University of Essex.

The workshop is co-ordinated by Professor Lucy Noakes, University of Essex, Professor Claire Langhamer, University of Sussex and  Dr Juliette Pattinson, University of Kent.

Funding for this event is provided by the AHRC Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE).

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first served basis, and must be received by 6.00pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018.

Confirmation of a place and further information, including readings, will be circulated by Friday 27 April 2018.

Terms and conditions

By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.

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