Dr Margaretta Jolly held a Visiting Fellowship at the National Centre of Biography in June-August 2012. She is the director of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex, England. Margaretta is the author of In Love and Struggle: Letters in Contemporary Feminism and winner of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association UK Book Prize. Her ongoing research is in the field of Life Story and the Contemporary Archive.
While at the NCB she gave a public seminar on ‘A New Archive of Feeling: The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project’. Her visit coincided with the July 2012 International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) conference which was co-hosted by the NCB, the Research School of Social Sciences and the Humanities Research Centre. As a member of the IABA management committee and the Director of IABA 2010, Margaretta was a full participant in the conference and gave a paper on digital archiving.
While in Australia she was also able to visit research colleagues at the University of Wollongong and reinvigorated contacts with Professor Freadman at La Trobe University, Professor Thomson at Monash University and Professor Caine at the University of Sydney.