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[ecrea] CFP Subversive Histories for Public Cultures, Brighton and Sussex postgraduate conference

Wed Mar 16 09:41:26 GMT 2016

*8th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference, 10am - 4pm, 22nd
June 2015. University of Brighton, Grand Parade Campus, M2*

*Subversive Histories for Public Cultures*

*The politics of life history research*

The 8th annual Brighton-Sussex postgraduate conference Co-organised by
the Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories (CRMNH,
University of Brighton) and the Centre for Life History and Life Writing
Research (CLHLWR, University of Sussex)

*Conference Call For Papers*

*Deadline Friday 29th April 2016*

The discipline of life history research has long had a political
engagement with the tensions between marginalised and dominant voices in
the making of public cultures. This year’s postgraduate conference
'Subversive Histories for Public Cultures' re-visits the politics
surrounding the practice of life history research. We seek to critically
question acts of telling and hearing, and to consider how subversive
narratives of the past perform and circulate in public cultures. In this
way, the conference will conceptually explore how life history research
methods contribute to the interruption and/or maintenance of public
cultures, as well as the methods, approaches, and ethical considerations
that this entails.

We invite postgraduate or early career researchers to present at this
conference their contributions to one or more questions outlined above.
This is a free event, refreshments and lunch provided by CRMNH and CLHLWR.

Please send a 300-word abstract, a brief biography (including your name,
degree and research interests) and your contact details
(tomemorynarrativehistories /at/
<mailto:(memorynarrativehistories /at/>

*Keynote Speaker:**Dr Carrie Hamilton (University of Roehampton)*

*Animal Stories and Public Cultures*

A significant development in European public cultures in the late
twentieth and early twenty-first centuries has been the increased
political and civic engagement with the lives and fate of animals. At
local, national and transnational level, voluntary, charitable, and
direct action groups have challenged liberal democratic definitions of
rights and citizenship, demanding that state obligations to protect, as
well as public duties of solidarity, be extended to include
other-than-human animals. In this process, the tales of those people who
defend and 'speak for' animals interrupts anthropocentric understandings
of historical subjectivity.

This lecture will highlight these developments and disruptions with
reference to life stories of animal welfare and animal rights activists
from the UK and Spain. I explore how we might better learn to listen to,
interpret and represent animal stories - both in the sense of human
witnessing to animal lives, and of the physical presence of animal
bodies in oral history interviews. This small archive of activist animal
tales marks an important intervention in contemporary theorisations of
human-animal relations and 'posthumanism', and presents significant
challenges to the writing of history.

*Carrie Hamilton is Reader in History at the University or Roehampton,
London. She has written two books and numerous articles on oral history,
testimony, gender, sexuality and political activism in Spain and Cuba.
She is currently working on two research projects: a brief history of
animal welfare activism in Spain following the death of Franco; and a
study of the feminist politics of veganism.*

For further information, please

Dr Sam Carroll
Research Centre Administrator
Centre for Research in Memory, Narrative and Histories
Faculty of Arts
10-11 Pavilion Parade
University of Brighton
United Kingdom

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