Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg
Dr Hazel Reid, Anne Chant, Alison Fielding and Rebecca Corfield Tee from the Centre for Career & Personal Development all presented papers at the recent ESREA Conference of the Life History and Biography Research Network. This year’s conference was located at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, East Germany. The conference theme was “Before, Beside and After (Beyond) the Biographical Narrative” and all papers presented were considering aspects of the process of researching life histories.
Dr Hazel Reid’s paper concerned the role of the researcher in life history; Alison Fielding’s subject was women’s career identity; Anne Chant’s paper was an exploration of the feminist discourse and its voice in narrative research and Rebecca Corfield Tee presented on the unspoken elements of research relationships.
Magdeburg is located in central Germany on the Elbe River south-west of Berlin. Known as early as 805 AD Magdeburg was severely damaged during World War II. One of the lasting legacies of the Second World War is the Stolpersteine or ‘Stumbling Stones’ in Magdeberg. Outside every house where a victim or survivor of the Holocaust lived is a Stolperstein, a brass plaque is laid in to the pavement. There are now over 40,000 of these plaques laid in cities throughout Europe to commemorate victims of the war in this way.