Welcome to the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW). We are a research centre based at Wolfson College at the University of Oxford, designed to support those who write auto/biography and those who undertake research on different forms of life narratives.
OCLW was formally established in October 2010, with funding from the Dorset Foundation. Since its creation, we’ve built up a busy schedule of events (including talks and lectures, ‘in conversations’, seminars, workshops, conferences and symposia, and concerts. We hope that you can join us for one of our many events.
We record many of our events, which you can listen to as podcasts via the website or blog.
Blog posts about OCLW events written by students and members can be accessed via the OCLW blog.
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing’s Research Fellow, Dr Kate Kennedy, is responsible for most aspects of its administration.
OCLW is committed to fostering research into life-writing through the establishment of postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Postgraduate Scholarships, Visiting Scholarships and Visiting Doctoral Studentships attached to OCLW.
Life-writing involves, and goes beyond, biography. It encompasses everything from the complete life to the day-in-the-life, from the fictional to the factional.
22 November 2016The Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture
William Dalrymple, writer and historian, will deliver the Sarfraz Pakistan lecture entitled: The Koh-i-Noor: the Real Jewel in the Crown.2 November 2016Syme Lecture: Professor Mary Beard on Roman Emperors
Professor Mary Beard will be delivering the annual Syme Lecture. The talk, entitled “Images of Roman Emperors from the Ancient World to the Modern...18 October 2016From Visions of Utopia to Lipstick on the Gorilla
The Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series kicks off this week with Dark Satanic Towns. The first of five lectures over this academic...
Courses and Workshops08 - 08Dec DecBeyond the Liberal Constitution: European Voices of Dissent and the Constitution...Thursday 8 December -9:30am to 1:00pm
The people are angry and want change. Across Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, the people, or more accurately, segments of the People, are demonstrating their discontent and disenchantment with some of the ideas and institutions at the foundations of contemporary Western societies.Networking08 - 08Dec DecScience Table LunchThursday 8 December -12:30pm to 1:30pm
Put away your lab coat and safety specs and come to Wolfson for lunch to meet other Wolfson scientists.
We have arranged that a table will be set aside in Hall at lunch on Thursday December 8th from 12:30pm onwards for anyone who would like to come.Lectures and Seminars08 - 08Dec DecThe Constitution in Crisis 2016Thursday 8 December -5:30pm to 6:30pm
Following the High Court ruling that the government, under a centuries-old Royal Prerogative, does not have the power to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, MPs have claimed that we are entering a full-blown constitutional crisis.