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.
18 October 2016From Visions of Utopia to Lipstick on the Gorilla
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Lectures and Seminars20 - 20Oct OctDark Satanic TownsThursday 20 October -6:00pm to 7:00pm
Decorative icing on builders’ boxes (aka “the lipstick on the gorilla”), or servant to people’s practical needs, the manifestation of artistic urges, or art, craft, or technology – what is architecture? However else it’s defined, architecture is above all a product of social, political, and economic forces.Parties and Dinners20 - 20Oct OctGuest Night DinnerThursday 20 October -7:00pm to 9:30pm
Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during term time. Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm. They are open to all members of College and Common Room, and provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertain guests.Parties and Dinners21 - 21Oct OctFormal HallFriday 21 October -7:00pm to 9:30pm
Formal Hall takes place twice a term. Drinks are at 7.00 pm, with dinner at 7.30 pm. These dinners are open to all members of College and Common Room and their guests. Please note that there is NO Informal Supper on the nights of Formal Hall.