Research

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. It embraces the lives of objects and institutions as well as the lives of individuals, families and groups.

Life-writing includes autobiography, memoirs, letters, diaries, journals (written and documentary), anthropological data, oral testimony, and eye-witness accounts. It is not only a literary or historical specialism, but is relevant across the arts and sciences, and can involve philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, ethnographers and anthropologists.

Recent areas of interest in life-writing studies include the relation of biography to scientific discovery. Life-writing is also an integral part of studies relating to the Holocaust, genocide, testimony and confession, and gender and apartheid.

Lives in Medicine

The project has been granted pump-priming funding by the John Fell Fund and Dr Jacek Mostwin to develop a major grant application from the Oxford Centre for Life Writing at Wolfson College (OCLW), in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes, the Oxford e-Research Centre, and the Wolfson College Digital Research Cluster. The major project will seek to improve the quality and ethical environment of medicine by directing the public, the medical and related professions, policy-makers and the medical industries to engage with and learn from the lived experience of patients and practitioners. Read more...

Re:Dress Women Composers

With Radio 3’s excellent focus on programming women composers since 2015, there has been an increasing awareness of the gaps in our knowledge of works written by women. Orchestras and ensembles have been trying to programme more works by women, with a commitment from orchestras such as Southbank Sinfonia to programme 20 pieces by women in 9 months. The Women Composers Project will offer a focal point for researchers and institutions across the world. The project aims to change our understanding of the canon of classical music, and its overwhelmingly male appearance. It will allow access to a whole new repertoire of music by women, presented using innovative and state-of-the-art technologies, and accessible to everyone from school children to managers of professional orchestras. Read more...

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The latest from Wolfson College

The Fournier Trio
18 November 2019
The Fournier Trio tenth Anniversary Concert

Formed in 2009, the internationally award-winning Fournier Trio has rapidly established itself as one of the leading young chamber ensembles in...

18 November 2019
Lord Reed delivers the first lecture in Experience of Courts lecture series

The Experience of Courts is a Wolfson College Lecture Series which aims to explore the socio-legal dimensions of our experience in courts, and...

Wolfson Students and Carey Young admire art
18 November 2019
Carey Young and Students Visit London Art Shows

The students came from a wide variety of disciplines - Oriental studies to Oncology, Archaeology to Clinical Neuroscience and Anthropology, as...

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
18 - 18
Nov Nov
The Campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Monday 18 November - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Major General Christopher Ghika has just finished a year as the Deputy Commander of the counter ISIS campaign in the Middle East. It is his second tour in this role, having been in Baghdad during the early days of the ISIS rising in 2014/5. He will give an overview of the campaign and how it has changed over time followed by drawing out the main features of the operation and what lessons and guidance diplomats, statesmen and leaders may take from the experience.

Courses and Workshops
18 - 18
Nov Nov
Zen Meditation
Monday 18 November - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Meditation for new comers and old hands. Thirty minutes sitting meditation and 30 minutes talk on the underlying practice that is essential for meditation. The sole purpose of all Buddhist meditation is to relieve suffering: stress, anxiety, depression and all the other shades of emotional, psychological and mental suffering.

College Committee
19 - 19
Nov Nov
Design project 2019
Tuesday 19 November - 1:00pm to 1:30pm

A temporary display of the College's Design Project 2019 is available to be viewed in the Upper Common Room for members. Come and join us for an informal talk about the project on Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 13:00 to 13:30 in the UCR.