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    Alexandra Cuncev

    Hi everyone,

    Same as Sarah, 26th and 27th are better for me. To be honest, the 27th would be best, as I might not have access to a computer on the 26th…

    Best wishes to all,

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Hi Lalou,
    You might find discussions in this group informative:
    Best wishes, Alex

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Announcing the publication of the second Auto/Biography Yearbook (formerly
    Auto/Biography, a journal of the British Sociological Association).

    Auto/Biography Yearbook 2 (2008). Ed. Andrew C. Sparkes. Journal of the
    British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Study Group.

    Table of Contents

    Tamboukou, Maria. “Visual silences, nomadic narratives.” 1?20.

    Shows how the letters and paintings of early twentieth-century expatriate
    Welsh artist Gwen Johns create a narrative plane where silences, nomadic
    narratives, and visual forces create lines of communication among solitudes.

    Sclater, Shelley Day. “The Shoes.” 21?34.

    Uses an autobiographical account of a childhood memory of shoe shopping to
    raise issues relating to the “autobiographical imagination,” “truth” and
    “fiction” in life writing, and the ethics of autobiography.

    Morgan, David H. J. “The Gentle Art of Name-Dropping: Acquaintanceship and
    the Auto/biographical Self.” 35?49.

    Explores the everyday practice of “name-dropping” as part of a set of
    activities associated with acquaintanceship that plays a small but
    significant part in the construction of an auto/biographical self.

    Van Someren, Janine. “White Ladies: The Dressing of Elite Amateur Players
    at Wimbledon (1884?1968).” 50?68.

    Based on life story interviews and published biographies, argues that women
    tennis players balanced their athletic identity and changing societal
    expectations through their choice of dress.

    Abbott, Josie. “‘Someone else’s child’: A personal view of adoption.” 69?89.

    Focuses on secrets, gaps, and absences in life narratives of participants
    in the adoption process, in the context of changing attitudes over the past
    sixty years.
    Phoenix, Cassandra. “Auto-Photography in Auto-biographical Research:
    Exploring the Life of a Mature Bodybuilder.” 90?107.

    Uses the case study of a seventy-three year old male natural bodybuilder to
    show the potential of auto-photography in autobiographical research, while
    adding to our limited understanding of older people involved in competitive

    Jackson, David. “Older men’s embodied selves: Rethinking relationships of
    change.” 108?126.

    Life stories collected in a three year study exploring older men’s lived
    and embodied experiences are analyzed in terms of three discourses of aging
    in action: biomedical, positive aging, and an alternative discourse of
    creative discontinuities and disruptions.

    Rivera-Fuentes, Consuelo. “Mosaics of memory: Ellipses and gaps in life
    narratives of torture.” 127?37.

    Argues that fragmentations and incoherencies in her auto/biographical
    writing about her torture as an activist opposing the Chilean dictatorship
    in the 1980s reflect the experiences of bodily fragmentation and memory
    suppression that torture entails.

    Levine-Rasky, Cynthia. “Beginning with Bourdieu: Reflections on Cultural
    Capital, Whiteness, and Jewish Identity.” 138?54.

    Expands on Bourdieu’s idea of cultural capital to narrate her identity from
    the different positions within the intersections of class, whiteness, and

    Coogan, Tom. “Still Me or ‘new life’?: Disability narratives in the
    life-writing of Christopher Reeve.” 155?70.

    Attributes the changes in Reeve’s understanding and writing of his
    disability in Still Me (1998) and Nothing Is Impossible (2002), to the
    displacement of culturally acquired assumptions about disability by his own
    lived experience of it.

    Biddulph, Max. “Stolen Intimacies: (Auto)narratives of *MSM, HIV, Spaces
    and Sexualities *men who have sex with men.” 171?93.

    Performance ethnography delivered via a series of (auto)narratives about a
    sense-making activity in the “project of the self” of an MSM in midlife.

    Byrne, Jenny. “A conflictual episode in tranquil academia: Recounting a
    loss of self in morally destitute circumstances?Carole’s story.” 194?208.

    Creative non-fiction narrative of an academic working within a situation
    characterized by tension, conflict, and mistrust reveals consequences of
    the intersection of fundamentally different understandings of working
    communities and a lack of any community morality.

    * * *

    From 2008, the Auto/Biography Study Group has been publishing an annual
    Auto/Biography Yearbook. This is a high quality hardback of 75K words
    containing some of the best articles in the area of auto/biography produced
    the previous year. The Auto/Biography Yearbook is edited by Andrew
    Sparkes. All submissions are peer reviewed. Articles for consideration
    for the Yearbook should be sent to Professor Andrew Sparkes, School of
    Sport Sciences, University of Exeter, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU, UK.

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Thank you for this, Paul. Hopefully in time we can match this report with similar information from other parts of the world as well. Alex

    Alexandra Cuncev

    That’s fine Mithu, I’m ready.

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Glasgow’s War and the Challenge to Masculinity in the Reserved Occupations

    The Scottish Oral History Centre (Department of History, University of
    Strathclyde) and Glasgow Museums have secured an AHRC Collaborative
    Doctoral Award for the project ‘Glasgow’s War and the Challenge to
    Masculinity in the Reserved Occupations, 1939-1945: Recovering Gender
    Identities in Oral Narratives and Public History’

    More information and application details are available at:

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Hi Mithu and Sarah,

    Sounds like an excellent idea!
    I would be happy to help, but I am not sure of my time commitments. I am leaving for Romania tonight and coming back in two weeks’ time, then I’m off to more field work… I will be working for Methodspace in the meanwhile, but am not sure how good I would be with deadlines during this time!
    I do have some very good feedback especially from one person, who has actually emailed me again last week saying thank you to methodspace, so if you wanted to use that, I could ask her if we could quote her.

    Please let me know how else I can be of help,



    Alexandra Cuncev

    Other events which may be of interest and coming up are:

    Researching cultural work and creative biographies:

    This half-day workshop will begin with presentations from three researchers
    who make different use of biographical materials: Linda Sandino (Camberwell
    College of Arts/ V&A), Maria Tamboukou (UEL) and Stephanie Taylor (Open
    University). They will describe their empirical work in this broad area,
    focussing on the data collection and analytic approach, the premises and
    broad purpose of the research and empirical issues which it raises.
    (see EVENTS for full details)

    Also the University of Sussex is hosting SUMMER SEMINARS:

    SUMMER TERM 2009
    Unless specified, all seminars for the Summer Term 2009 are at the
    University of Sussex, Tuesdays 12.30-1.55pm, in the Russell Building, Room
    12. (Wheelchair accessible)

    Date: 2 June 2009
    Speaker: Lizzie Thynne, Media Studies, University of Sussex
    Title: ‘The art of the biopic’
    Lizzie Thynne will talk about the art of the biopic, drawing on her
    experiences of writing and directing a film about the life of surrealist
    artist Claude Cahun.

    Date: 16 June 2009
    Speaker: Jane Speedy, Centre for Narrative and Transformative Learning,
    University of Bristol
    Title: ‘The poetic re-representation of life stories’
    Jane Speedy will discuss the work of the Centre for Narrative and
    Transformative Learning and using poetry to capture research participants’
    personal narratives in therapeutic contexts.

    The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research was launched in June
    1999. It offers a regular lunchtime seminar series which began years ago as
    the Life History Research Network. For further information about the
    seminars, email or To be put
    on the CENTRE FOR LIFE HISTORY & LIFE WRITING RESEARCH mailing list, write
    to Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research, Centre for Continuing
    Education, Sussex Institute, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9QQ or
    telephone 01273 873585.

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Hi Victoria,
    A while back I attended a workshop where one of the presentations was on young people in care and links with the criminal justice system. The talk was fascinating and I remember the speaker had done some research using letters from prisoners. I do not remember the details of the research, but the speaker was Dr Claire Fitzpatrick from Lancaster University. Hope this helps,

    Alexandra Cuncev

    That sounds great, Sarah.
    We got the same response from Kirsty Johnson (ESRC), who will be posting information on ESRC events.

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Hi everyone,
    I emailed Kirsty Johnson, head of Knowledge Transfer at the Economic and Social Research Council, asking her to post details on training that ESRC are organising in this area but also hoping that she might bring a contribution to the Knowledge Transfer group debates.

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Hi all, Looking forward to tomorrow,
    Just a quick note to say that I have to leave the house at 5pm sharp (one hour later from the start of the call), so I appologise if I will be a bit noisy locking the door etc around that time.

    Alexandra Cuncev

    I’ve sent out invitations to:
    CUPP (Community Partnership Programme – University of Brighton
    Homeless Link – organisation co-ordinating research on homeless people and Homeless Link Research Forum
    Research Ethics and Vulnerability forum

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Thanks Mithu, hi all,
    For me the 23rd is best, although I could also try to make the 24th, but I would not be able to be by a computer then.

    Alexandra Cuncev

    Hi Mithu,
    Thanks for this. I have a last minute request, sorry to ask so late. I am going to a three day course/event next week (it is featured on this site, the Research ethics and vulnerability) and I was wondering how I could use this opportunity for methodspace. Are there any flyers that I could make use of that you could email me? Unfortunately it is quite late in the day, as the course starts Monday next week. I’ll do my best to enthuse people either way.

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