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OCLW Podcast Archive
The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing records many of its events, which you can listen to as podcasts via the website or blog.
Please click on the links below to enjoy these recordings! If an event does not appear in the list below, then the decision was made to not record or podcast this event, either because of sound quality or because of permissions. Please do not contact the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing to enquire after 'missing' podcasts.
Academic year 2018-19
- OCLW and Oxford English Faculty Life-Writing Day, 9 February 2019
Sophie Ratcliffe, 'an exhibition of herself', about her book The Lost Properties of Love, and Bart van Es presents on his memoir The Cut Out Girl.
Ros Ballaster, Chair of OEF, Elleke Boehmer, Director of OCLW, and Kate Kennedy, OCLW Research Fellow, outline the English Faculty's recent work in biography and the work of OCLW.
'A Very Short Introduction' panel on auto/biography, with Hermione Lee on her AVSI Biography, Laura Marcus on Autobiography, and Elleke Boehmer on her AVSI Nelson Mandela.
Marina McKay and Marion Turner discuss their new work in life-writing: McKay's 2018 biography of the soldier critic, Ian Watt, and Turner's new biography of Chaucer.
Rana Mitter, 'Chinese Characters'
- Invited Speakers
3. Panel, 'Oxford History of Life-Writing Launch', with Hermione Lee, Zachary Leader, with Patrick Hayes, Laura Marcus, Alan Stewart, Rebecca Bullard, Karen Winstead, Juliette Atkinson, Julian North - 31 October 2018
- Wilfred Owen and Beyond, 26-28 October 2018
Elizabeth Vandiver - 'Horace After Owen: Reading Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori in the 20th and 21st Centuries'
Eva Zettelmann - 'Wilfred Owen and the Cultural Canon'
Eleanor Mary Boudreau - ‘"They May Be to the Next": Elegiac Consolation After Owen'
Guy Cuthbertson - ‘"The futility of all prefaces": Wilfred Owen’s Preface and "English Poetry"'
Alex Houen in conversation with John Balaban - 'Owen’s influence on John Balaban’s poetry'
Marcy L. Tanter - 'The Legacy of the Present Moment: Barnes, Duffy and Owen'
Gilles Couderc - 'Impersonating Wilfred Owen: the strange case of Xavier Hanotte'
Martin Malone - ‘"Ghost lines and ghost economies of scale": Owen’s intra-poetic afterlife'
Emma Suret - 'Wilfred Owen and Dylan Thomas: Rhyme and Genre'
Harry Ricketts - ‘"We learn to pity and rebel": Auden’s Re-readings of Owen'
Gerald Dawe - 'Yeats’s Owen; Owen’s Yeats'
Lorrie Goldensohn - 'Wilfred Owen and the American Poet in Vietnam'
Vincent Trott - ‘"A hero poet of anti-war": publishing and teaching Wilfred Owen’s poetry during the 1960s'
Laura McKenzie - ‘"A hallucinated telescope into the cluttered thick of it": Ted Hughes and Wilfred Owen'
Academic year 2017-18
- Everyday matters: Writing Obscure Lives, 5-6 May 2018
Hari Reed - 'The Ethical Dilemmas of Researching and Representing "Refugee Lives"'
Kerri McGiveron - '"A Week in April": The Lived Experience of Big Flame Activists in the Kirkby Rent Strike 1972-73'
Marta Laura Cenedese - 'Photographing Refugees: Life-writing, Activism, and the Everyday'
Sevasti-Melissa Nolas - 'Childhood, temporality and biography: making biographical research with younger children possible'
Catherine Sloan - '"i av nevvir bene too scoole": Writing, Selfhood, and the Ordinary Schoolchild in the Nineteenth Century'
Kirsty Edwards-Capes - 'Interrogating "poor outcomes" and disrupted care in children's fiction'
Sue Sudbury - 'Village Tales, Participatory filmmaking in rural India'
Marie Lindskov Hansen - 'Everyday versus/equals Art'
Alison Twells - 'Getting closer to Norah: storying the ordinary pocket diary'
Rachel Matthews - 'When written lives collide: Comparing narrations of the Coventry Blitz in the Midland Daily Telegraph and Mass Observation archive'
Jeremy Burchardt - 'Comparing obscure lives: the possibilities of long-run, unpublished diaries'
Tanja Kovačič, Patricia Prieto-Blanco, Anne Byrne - 'Memory Books: Viktorija's Story'
Mairi Hamilton - 'The Life and Death of Margaret Paterson: A Case Study of Sexual Violence, Embodiment and Subjectivity in Scotland, 1830'
Craig Newbery-Jones and Judith Rowbotham - '"Writing the Life of Crime": The Micro and Macro Analysis of the Narratives of Everyday offending and Conceiving the "Experience" of Crime'
- Transnational Lives and Cosmopolitan Biographies - 17 March 2018
Introduction and welcome by Sandra Mayer and Philip Bullock
Clément Dessy (Warwick) - ‘Cross-Border Narratives and Life Writing: Émile Verhaeren by Stefan Zweig’
Ana Parejo Vadillo (Birkbeck) - ‘The Turn to the Right: Maurice Barrès and “Les Trois Mary” de Mary Robinson’
Emily Eells (Paris-Nanterre): ‘An American in Paris: Writing the Life of Natalie Clifford Barney’s Salon’
Laura Scuriatti (Bard College, Berlin): ‘Mina Loy’s Insel: A Collaborative Biography’
Jonathan Conlin (Southampton): ‘The Pasdeurma Problem: The Supranational Life of Calouste Gulbenkian (1869-1955)’
Sylvia Mieszkowski (Vienna): ‘The Cosmopolitan Wife: Isabel Burton's Ghostwriting of The Life as Creative Self-Othering’
Katherine Collins (Oxford): ‘Old Colonials and Europhiles: Identity and Contemporary Transnational Narratives’
Elleke Boehmer (Oxford), Stefano Evangelista (Oxford), Laura Marcus (Oxford),
Claudia Olk (Berlin), Juergen Schlaeger (Berlin)
- Weinrebe Lecture Series 2017-18
2. Alexis Brown, Bárbara Gallego Larrarte, and Nanette O'Brien, 'Student panel – New directions in Life-Writing' – 28 November 2017
- Life-Writing and Female Celebrity Conference – 4 November 2017
- Stella Tillyard - Celebrities and Heroines: Commercial Biography and Eighteenth-Century Women (podcast unavailable)
- Ruth Scobie - Pre-Truth Media and the Female Imposter: The Case of 'Elizabeth Harriet Grieve'
- Mary Luckhurst - Staging Lives: Celebrity Actresses Playing Real-Life Celebrities
- Oline Eaton - God Bless Jackie-The Only Thing that Can Make Us Forget the Bomb
- Hannah Yelin - Celebrity Performativity and Cultural Value: Reading Grace Jones' I'll Never Write my Memoirs
- Invited Speakers
Academic year 2016-17
- Dancing Lives Conference 2016 - 8 July 2017
- Michael Burden: 'Mademoiselle Mercandotti, Hughes Balls Hughes, and the (Scandalous) Uses of a Green Room'
- Mike Webb and Jennifer Thorp: 'Dancing All Night with Aphra Behn - Jeffrey Boys's Almanack for 1667'
- Julia Bührle: 'Marie Taglioni: The First Female Superstar of Ballet'
Plenary 1 - Jennifer Homans in conversation with Sue Jones on George Balanchine
- Jane Pritchard: 'Julia Seale, Missing Dancer'
- Judith Mackrell: 'Lydia Lopokova: A Twentieth-Century Life'
- Michael Huxley: 'Presence and Absence: Kurt Jooss'
- Funmi Adewole: 'Francis Nii Yartey: A Pioneer Practitioner-Researcher in African Dance'
- Ramsay Burt: 'Berto Pasuka: A Dancing Life of Colonialism and Diasporic Culture'
Plenary 2 - Dame Monica Mason: 'Travelling and Dancing'
- The Lives of Houses, Colloquium – 27 May 2017
Daisy Hay: 'Crenellations at Hughenden and a Nightmare in London: Writing Space in Mr and Mrs Disraeli and Dinner with Joseph Johnson' (podcast unavailable)
- Alexandra Harris: 'Moving Home: Cowper, Clare and Woolf'
- Frankie Kubicki: 'Re-presenting Dickens: Interpreting Dickens in the 21st Century'
- Nicola Watson: 'Making Shakespeare’s New Place New'
- Gillian Darley: 'A House for John Soane, a House for Julie'
- Lucy Walker: '"The Man Himself": Finding Britten at The Red House'
- James Grasby: 'Edward Elgar: Curating a Life'
- Celebiography: Celebrity and Life-Writing in Dialogue – 19 November 2016
One-day workshop convened by Sandra meyer, in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing.
- Emma Smith, ‘Shakespeare, Biblio-Biography, and the Life of the Celebrity Book’; Tobias Heinrich, ‘Celebrity, Biography, and the Enlightenment: Friedrich Schlichtegroll’s Nekrolog’.
- Julia Lajta-Novak, ‘From Celebrity 'Whore' to Romantic Heroine: Images of Nell Gwyn in Restoration Satire and Contemporary Biofiction’; Ginette Vincendeau, ‘Brigitte Bardot and the French New Wave: Life-writing On and Off Screen’.
- Roundtable discussion featuring Hermione Lee, Philip Bullock, Ruth Scobie, and Lindsay Shapero, chaired by Sandra Mayer.
- ODNB Discussion panel: Constructing Lives – 29 November 2016
- Alexander Masters (Author of A Life Discarded and Stuart: A Life Backwards)
- Philip Carter (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
- Victoria Van Hyning (Oxford University)
- Invited Speakers
- Clio Barnard, 'The Selfish Giant - interviewed by Alexis Brown' – 30 May 2017
- Richard Holmes, 'Pursuer or Pursued: Reflections on Biography' - 9 May 2017
- Baritone Roderick Williams, 'Masterclass, interview and recital' - 26 April 2017
- Elleke Boehmer, 'Nelson Mandela: A World Life' - 31 January 2017
- Rebecca Roach and Anneleen Masschelein, 'The Celebrity Interview: History, Aesthetics, Method' – 17 January 2017
- Hermione Lee, Rebecca Roach and Anneleen Masschelein, 'The Celebrity Interview Q & A' – 17 January 2017
- Gary Sheffield, 'The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army' – 8 November 2016
- OCLW Visiting Scholars, 'The Truth in Fiction and Life-writing in China' – 25 October 2016
- Michèle Roberts and Caroline Isgar, 'The Secret Staircase: talk to launch an exhibition of artefacts from the Foundling Museum' - 14 October 2016
Academic year 2015-16
- Weinrebe Lecture Series 2015-16
- Julian Barnes, 'Some of my best friends are biographers’ - 26 January 2016 (podcast unavailable)
- Marcus du Sautoy, 'The life of primes: the biography of a mathematical idea' - 2 February 2016
Accompanying Powerpoint slides
- Adam Phillips, ‘Against Biography’ - 16 February 2016
- Alexandra Harris, 'Tempered lives: Weathers, seasons and biography’ - 22 February 2016
- Silence in the Archives Conference – 7 November 2015
- Keynote Speaker 1: Chair: Kathryn Gleadle. Speaker: Karen Hunt, ‘Censorship and Self-censorship: Revisiting the Belt Case in the Making of Dora Montefiore (1851-1933)’
- Panel 1a: Chair: Susan Civale. Speakers: Catherine Delafield, Sonia De Loreto and Baptiste Moniez, 'Representation, Reputation and Manipulation'
- Panel 1b: Chair: Ana Parejo Vadillo . Speakers: Elaine Bailey, Jordan Lavers and Mary Breen, 'Silencing Poetic Voices'
- Panel 2a: Chair: Luisa Calè. Speaker: Katherine (Kate) Newey, 'Theatre and Performance'
- Panel 2b: Chair: Rhea Sookdeosingh. Speakers: Helen Mathers and Stephenie Woolterton. 'Politics and Conflicts'
- Panel 3a: Chair: Lorraine Paterson. Speakers: Kathryn Gleadle, Rhea Sookdeosingh and Lucy Ella Rose, 'Expressing the Private Self'
- Panel 3b: Chair: Alexis Wolf. Speakers: Susan Civale, Elizabeth Denlinger and Ceylan Kosker, 'Rewriting the Self'
- Panel 4a: Chair: Lyndsey Jenkins. Speakers: Wendy Jones, Sophie Coulombeau and Joetta Harty, 'Memoir and Mortality
- Panel 4b: Chair: Dave Miller. Speakers: Molly Mann, Carrie Crockett and Lorraine Paterson, 'Documenting Displacement'
- Invited Speakers
Alexander Bubb and Elleke Boehmer, 'Meeting Without Knowing It: The Intertwined Lives of Rudyard Kipling and W.B. Yeats' - 1 December 2015.
Academic year 2014-15
- Symposium: ‘The Many Lives of Benjamin Disraeli’ – 24 March 2015
- Invited Speakers
Academic year 2013-14
- Coetzee’s Lives Seminar – 13 June 2014
- The Lives of Objects Conference – 20-22 September 2013
- Neil Macgregor, ‘And One Thing in Its Time Plays Many Parts’, 20 September 2013
- Edmund De Waal, ‘'‘No Ideas But in Things": Making, Remembering and Story-Telling’, 21 September 2013
- Michael Burden (Oxford), ‘The Private (and Public) Life of an Opera Aria’, 20 September 2013
- Hugh Haughton (York), ‘Letters as Objects: Letters and Objects’, 21 September 2013
- Museums (I) – Chair: Susan Walker (Ashmolean); Elizabeth Crooke (Ulster), ‘Autobiography and Contested Histories in Museums', Kristen Treen, ‘‘Sorry Objects’ and ‘Sad Glass Cases’: Mourning the Lost Cause at the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA’, 20 September 2013
- Oddities – Chair: Rachel Hewitt (Oxford); Elizabeth Abel (Berkeley), ‘The Death of the Object’; Tracey Potts (Nottingham), ‘Gnomes Behaving Badly: Social Distinction and the Twisting of Taste’, 20 September 2013
- Metaphor – Chair: Rick Hauser (International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies); Lucy Razzall (University of Cambridge), ‘Curious Statues so Cunningly Contrived': The Early Modern Afterlife of Plato's Silenus'; Steven Wingate (South Dakota State University), ‘Electronic Lives of Physical Objects: Weaving daddylabyrinth’, 20 September 2013
- Archives – Chair: Laura Marcus; Daisy Hay (University of Exeter), 'Locks of Hair and Other Stories'; Pamela Clemit (Durham University), 'Objects of Value: The Afterlives of Letters'; Béatrice Mousli (University of Southern California), ''Into the Writing Zone': Writing Susan Sontag's Biography’, 21 September 2013
- Photography – Chair: Alexi Baker; Becky Roach (University of Oxford), ‘‘Writers’ Rooms’: Auto/biography through Objects’; David Zeitlyn (University of Oxford), 'The Short, Uncertain Lives of Photographs in Cameroon'; Christine Fouirnaies (University of Oxford), 'The Life of a Family Album: Private Photographs in Literary Memoirs', 21 September 2013
- Museums (II) – Chair: Seb Falk; Susan Faine, 'The Life Lived: Nina Zyk and the Detritus of a Life'; Deborah Smith (Kennesaw State University), 'Shapeshifter/Sensemaker: The Multiple Meanings of One Memento', 22 September 2013
- Invited Speakers
Academic year 2012-13
- Invited Speakers
Academic year 2011-12
- Invited Speakers
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