Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

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.


Keep up with what’s happening

William Dalrymple
22 November 2016
The Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture

William Dalrymple, writer and historian, will deliver the Sarfraz Pakistan lecture entitled: The Koh-i-Noor: the Real Jewel in the Crown.

MMary Beard University of Kent
2 November 2016
Syme Lecture: Professor Mary Beard on Roman Emperors

Professor Mary Beard will be delivering the annual Syme Lecture. The talk, entitled “Images of Roman Emperors from the Ancient World to the Modern...

Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series
18 October 2016
From Visions of Utopia to Lipstick on the Gorilla

The Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series kicks off this week with Dark Satanic Towns. The first of five lectures over this academic...

Our upcoming events

Courses and Workshops
08 - 08
Dec Dec
Beyond the Liberal Constitution: European Voices of Dissent and the Constitution...
Thursday 8 December -
9:30am to 1:00pm

The people are angry and want change. Across Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, the people, or more accurately, segments of the People, are demonstrating their discontent and disenchantment with some of the ideas and institutions at the foundations of contemporary Western societies.

08 - 08
Dec Dec
Science Table Lunch
Thursday 8 December -
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Put away your lab coat and safety specs and come to Wolfson for lunch to meet other Wolfson scientists.

We have arranged that a table will be set aside in Hall at lunch on Thursday December 8th from 12:30pm onwards for anyone who would like to come.

Lectures and Seminars
08 - 08
Dec Dec
The Constitution in Crisis 2016
Thursday 8 December -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

Following the High Court ruling that the government, under a centuries-old Royal Prerogative, does not have the power to trigger Article 50 to leave the EU, MPs have claimed that we are entering a full-blown constitutional crisis.