Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.
OCLW Podcast Archive
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Weinrebe Lecture Series 2016
Academic year 2016-17
Dancing Lives Conference
- 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 Saturday, 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”
Simon Armitage and Bernard O’Donoghue: Poems of Life and Death – a reading – 15 May 2017
Self/knowledge: Autobiography and Research - 25 February 2017
Celebiography: Celebrity and Life-Writing in Dialogue. One-day workshop convened by Sandra Mayer, in collaboration with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing - 19 November 2016
- Celebrity, Biblio-Biography, and Obituaries Emma Smith: “Shakespeare, Biblio-Biography, and the Life of the Celebrity Book” Tobias Heinrich: “Celebrity, Biography, and the Enlightenment: Friedrich Schlichtegroll’s Nekrolog”
- Cultural Icons in (Bio)Fiction and Film 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”
- Celebrity and Life-Writing: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives Roundtable discussion featuring Hermione Lee, Philip Bullock, Ruth Scobie, and Lindsay Shapero, chaired by Sandra Mayer.
- Alexander Masters (Author of A Life Discarded and Stuart: A Life Backwards)
- Philip Carter (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)
- Victoria Van Hyning (Oxford University)
Academic year 2015-16
‘Writing war, writing lives’ - 8 March 2016. Chair: Lara Feigel, panellists: Santanu Das, Hope Wolf, Kate McLoughlin, Sue Vice and Victoria Stewart.
Weinrebe Lecture Series 2016
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: Representation, Reputation and Manipulation. Chair: Susan Civale. Speakers: Catherine Delafield, Sonia De Loreto and Baptiste Moniez.
- Panel 1b: Silencing Poetic Voices. Chair: Ana Parejo Vadillo . Speakers: Elaine Bailey, Jordan Lavers and Mary Breen.
- Panel 2a: Theatre and Performance. Chair: Luisa Calè. Speaker: Katherine (Kate) Newey.
- Panel 2b: Politics and Conflicts. Chair: Rhea Sookdeosingh. Speakers: Helen Mathers and Stephenie Woolterton.
- Panel 3a: Expressing the Private Self. Chair: Lorraine Paterson. Speakers: Kathryn Gleadle, Rhea Sookdeosingh and Lucy Ella Rose.
- Panel 3b: Rewriting the Self. Chair: Alexis Wolf. Speakers: Susan Civale, Elizabeth Denlinger and Ceylan Kosker.
- Panel 4a: Memoir and Mortality. Chair: Lyndsey Jenkins. Speakers: Wendy Jones, Sophie Coulombeau and Joetta Harty.
- Panel 4b: Documenting Displacement. Chair: Dave Miller. Speakers: Molly Mann, Carrie Crockett and Lorraine Paterson.
- Keynote Speaker 2: Chair Laura Marcus. Speaker: Janet Todd - ‘Male memory, female subject: the case of Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft’.
Academic year 2014-15
Disputed Lives workshop - 16 May 2015
- Kate McLoughlin: Hemingway
- Jacob Dahl and Noa Lavi: Family histories
- Rebecca Abrams: Writing disputed histories
- Michael Flavin: Disraeli's 'Venetia': Death of a Poet?
- Oliver Cox and Rob Bandy: Working with Hughenden Manor: Solving the Statesman's Rooms
- Michel Pharand: Rediscovering Disraeli - One Letter at a Time
- Sandra Mayer: Pegasus and Carthorse: The Many Shades of Disraeli's Celebrity
- Helen Langley: Scenes from Disraeli's Extraordinary Life: Curating the Bodleian 2004 Exhibition and Widening its Reach
- Megan Kearney: 'A Jew in his heart': The Reception of Disraeli's Judaism
Academic year 2013-14
- Lyndall Gordon: 'Writing Family Memoir' - 19 May 2014
- Tom Couser (Hofstra), ‘The Work of Memoir, or, Why Memoir Mattters’ - 4 March 2014
- David Amigoni (Keele): 'Writing lives, inscribing familial distinction: inheritance, science and culture in life writings by the Darwins, the Huxleys, and the Batesons' - 19 November 2013
- 'War Veterans: Memory and Storytelling'. Seminar convened by Kate McLoughlin (Birkbeck) and Celeste-Marie Bernier (University of Nottingham): Kate McLoughlin, 'The End of the Story: Veterans in Wordsworth and West'; Celeste-Marie Bernier, 'Tracing a "Ghost-Like Memory": The Afterlife and Afterdeath of World War I in Black Combat Veterans' Writing and Art' - 13 November 2013
- Hermione Lee and Ray Monk in conversation - 24 October 2013
- Kathryn Hughes, ‘George Eliot’s Milk Churn’ - 22 October 2013
Panel: 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
Panel: 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
Panel: 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
Panel: 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
Panel: 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
Panel: 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
Weinrebe Lectures in Life-Writing
23 October 2017Imagining the Divine: Exhibition23 October 2017The College Record 2017
The Wolfson College Record is a formal account of the past year and includes the final President's Letter from Professor Dame Hermione Lee.9 October 2017Message from the Acting President
A warm welcome to those new to Wolfson, and a warm welcome back to those who have been travelling during the summer or hiding away in libraries or...
Concert and Plays24 - 24Oct OctStaging the Modernist Life: Auto/biography, performance, and H.D.Tuesday 24 October -1:30pm to 2:30pm
In this lecture/performance, Sasha Colby will discuss the process of transforming auto/biographical materials into biographical drama in her recent book project Staging Modernist Lives: H.D., Mina Loy, Nancy Cunard, Three Plays and Criticism (McGill-Queen's UP, 2017). With an emphasis on the poet, novelist, and memoirist H.D.Networking24 - 24Oct OctSlanguages exhibition: launch partyTuesday 24 October -4:00pm to 7:00pm
Our Creative Multilingualism Languages in the Creative Economy exhibition will feature the work, archives and ephemera related to the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work.Lectures and Seminars25 - 25Oct OctTennyson, Celebrity and PortraitureWednesday 25 October -5:30pm to 7:00pm
This lecture will explore how publishers became responsible for promoting authors through portraiture in the mid-Victorian period. In particular it will focus on Edward Moxon and his role in expanding the readership of both William Wordsworth and Alfred Tennyson. While portraits of Wordsworth were relatively scarce, Tennyson was surrounded by sculptors, painters and photographers, which led to a new and disturbing experience of literary celebrity that had a major impact on his career.