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 2017-18

Life-Writing Lunch Series 2017-18
Weinrebe Lecture Series 2017-18
Life-Writing and Female Celebrity Conference – 4 November 2017

Keynote: Patricia Duncker, ‘The Women who 'Meant to Do It': George Eliot and Celebrity Performance’

Panel 1: Women's Lives and Celebrity in the 18th Century (chair: Anna Senkiw)

  • 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'

Panel 2: Female Celebrity Performance across Media and Genres (chair: Sandra Mayer) 

  • 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

Panel 1 - Historical Dancing:

  • 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

Panel 2 - Inter/national Dancing Lives:

  • Jane Pritchard: 'Julia Seale, Missing Dancer'
  • Judith Mackrell: 'Lydia Lopokova: A Twentieth-Century Life'
  • Michael Huxley: 'Presence and Absence: Kurt Jooss'

Panel 3 - Dance and Biography:

  • 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)

Roundtable Discussion: Presenting Lives of Houses, including Nino Strachey, Serena Dyer and Alexandra Harris

Panel 1: Writers’ Houses 

  • 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'

Panel 2: Musicians’ and Architects’ Houses

  • 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'
Self/knowledge: Autobiography and Research – 25 February 2017
Celebiography: Celebrity and Life-Writing in Dialogue – 19 November 2016
ODNB Discussion panel: Constructing Lives – 29 November 2016

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

Academic year 2015-16

Weinrebe Lecture Series 2015-16
Silence in the Archives Conference – 7 November 2015
Invited Speakers

Academic year 2014-15

Disputed Lives workshop – 16 May 2015
Symposium: ‘The Many Lives of Benjamin Disraeli’ – 24 March 2015
Weinrebe Lecture Series 2014-15
Invited Speakers

Academic year 2013-14

Coetzee’s Lives Seminar – 13 June 2014
The Lives of Objects Conference – 20-22 September 2013

Hermione Lee, Opening Address, 20 September 2013


Special Sessions:


Weinrebe Lecture Series 2013-14
Invited Speakers

Academic year 2012-13

Weinrebe Lecture Series 2012-13
Invited Speakers

Academic year 2011-12

Weinrebe Lecture Series 2011-12
Invited Speakers

The latest from Wolfson College

Romulus 2017-18
9 July 2018
Out now: Romulus 2017-18

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29 June 2018
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15 June 2018
Sir Tim Hitchens' Foundation Speech

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