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Research Projects

Ego Media

The Centre for Life-Writing Research houses the large grant project ‘Ego-Media: The impact of new media on forms and practices of self-presentation’, funded by the European Research Council and running from 2014-19. This brings together scholars in English, Sociolinguistics, Neurology, and Cultural and Media Studies, to investigate the ways in which life writing is being transformed by digital and social media.


The Centre’s creative research project, Strandlines, ~ Lives on the Strand: Past, Present & Creative relaunched in 2017.

Dr Jane Wildgoose, Professor Michael Trapp and Geoffrey Browell presented Strand-related materials on London History Day, 31 May 2017, at the Strand Lane Baths and King’s College Archives. You can find out about this and more Strandline activity by clicking the link on the right.

Great Diary Project

The Centre collaborated with the Great Diary Project, on a major exhibition: Dear Diary: A Celebration of Diaries and their Digital Descendants, which took place in the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House between May and July 2017. 

In association with the exhibition, we held Diaryfest, a day of diary-related talks, which took place in May 2017. Listen back to the event via soundcloud.

Life Writing from Below in Europe

The ‘Life Writing from Below in Europe’ project, led by Visiting Research Fellow Timothy Ashplant, aims to bring together a network of researchers and archivists –  from different disciplines, working on different topics, on texts from various European countries in a range of languages across several centuries – to assist intellectual exchange and practical co-operation.

Beyond projects

Those associated with the Centre publish widely on life writing; we also teach it, in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The Centre has also proved effective in attracting research funding, for Ego-Media, for Strandlines, which received funding from JISC for Strandlines Digital Communities, and for Life-Writing PhD topics. 


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