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.
9 March 2017Rosalind Rickaby awarded the Lyell Medal
Rosalind Rickaby, Professor of Biogeochemistry, is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Lyell Medal, given by the Geological Society of London....8 March 2017International Women's Day
Professor Dame Hermione Lee joins a team of leading female academics and the Oxford Belles in delivering some fun(damental) advice for women...13 February 2017Professor Glen Dudbridge: a tribute
The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Emeritus Fellow Professor Glen Dudbridge.
Family Friendly24 - 07Apr MayScience event for childrenMonday 24 April - 6:00am to Sunday 7 May - 6:00am
The Science Learning Team would like to invite Wolfsonian children to participate in a research project aimed at helping to improve science education in schools. The project is supported by the Institute of Education, University College London and is designed to provide information on the key abilities that influence science learning during the primary school years.Lectures and Seminars24 - 24Apr AprContemporary attitudes towards marital violence in twentieth-century IrelandMonday 24 April -5:00pm to 6:30pm
Cara completed her PhD at King’s College London under the supervision of Professor Ian McBride. She will present a paper regarding contemporary attitudes towards marital violence in twentieth-century Ireland, based on her PhD and postdoctoral research. After the paper we will open for questions and further discussion of the topic.Networking25 - 25Apr AprTri-Innovate Pitch Event 2017Tuesday 25 April -7:00pm to 10:00pm
The Tri-Innovate Pitch Event will take place on Tuesday, 25 April 2017 in the Pichette Auditorium at Pembroke College. The competition shines a spotlight on innovations, helping to kick-start inspirational ideas. Competition entries opens on Tuesday 17 January and close on Friday 3 February. The Wolfson Innovate website has more details and a portal to upload your pitch.