The Centre for Life Writing and Oral History (CLiOH) is an exciting new initiative exploring the many ways in which people are telling their life stories.
Oral history has grown, over the past 50 years, to become a major channel through which people can participate in documenting their lived experience. Valuing the lives of marginalised groups in society, it creates a ‘history from below’, empowers participants and includes more diverse perspectives on the past.
Over the past 15 years meanwhile, biography, autobiography and memoir, journals and diaries, have all been recognised as forms of life writing. Social media have contributed to its growth, development and popularity, providing multiple platforms through which ordinary people can narrate their own lives digitally.
CLiOH brings together these two methods and builds upon London Met’s significant expertise in this area, developing and deepening our links with our local communities and demonstrating how our research can serve them.
We launched in March 2020, just before lockdown, with a packed event on Writing Black Lives.
CLiOH is organised by Professor John Gabriel (School of Social Professions), Professor Jenny Harding (School of Computing and Digital Media) and Professor Anne Karpf (School of Art, Architecture and Design).
Events and seminars from the Centre for Life Writing and Oral History
Latest news from the Centre for Life Writing and Oral History
London Met hosts community event for oral history project on the Andover Estate
Professor John Gabriel and Dr Alya Khan with Gulser Rose Kaya presented findings from their ongoing community research project ‘Life on the Andover Estate’ at The Great Hall.
London Met hosts discussion on accessibility and ethics within architecture
AAD staff, industry professionals, and visiting academics held an extensive discussion exploring ‘Architectures of Care’ and the creation of equitable and sustainable communities.
Life on the Andover Estate: an Oral History Project
The project will shine a light on previously unheard narratives and perspectives of the Estate in Islington.
The meaning of 'Home' amongst racially minoritised communities in London
London Met lecturer Dr Alya Khan led a research team of staff and students in discussion around the cultural practices surrounding the home.
CLiOH joins exciting project charting the history of the anti-apartheid movement in the UK
Following a major grant to the Liliesleaf Trust UK, the Centre for Life Writing and Oral History will contribute to creating the Anti-Apartheid Legacy: Centre of Memory and Learning.
London Met professor hosting gender equality and climate change event at COP26
Dr Anne Karpf, Professor of Life Writing and Culture in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, will be chairing a major COP26 fringe event in Glasgow.