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Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Life Narrative Research Group (LNR)

We live in the age of life stories

Dr Meg Jensen the head of the research group In every format of every media and in every academic discipline, self-reflection, life writing, offering one's life story within travel books, scholarly articles, broadcasts, political web sites or newspaper blogs has become a standard tool of communication and the dissemination of information in our time.

While much is claimed for the value and significance of the life narrative, however, from the possibility of individual redemption to the constructing of national narratives of truth and reconciliation, the contexts of such constructions remain under-theorised. Whether writing of our own lives in the form of auto-biography, memoir, MySpace or diary, testifying in a court of law, or in our endeavours to research and write the lives of others, there is little sharing of experience or debate upon the nature of such work across the many disciplines in which life narratives have become a central preoccupation.

The purpose of LNR is to bring best practice across all genres of life narrative work together in one physical and virtual space. LNR provides a network for life writers and life narrative scholars in every discipline from creative writing to social science to literature, politics and human rights, to initiate research projects, host events, and produce publications centred on the experience, methodology and formats of life narratives across written, visual, and virtual cultures.

We actively seek to supervise research students in all areas of life narrative production and scholarship and provide a base for research projects conducted by existing Kingston staff, externally funded research fellows, visiting fellows and professors, Writers, Filmmakers, and Artists in residence.

Dr Meg Jensen - LNR Group contact


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Dr Meg Jensen
Life Narrative Research Group
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 2282
Email: M.Jensen@kingston.ac.uk