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.
17 January 2017The Ashmolean Museum Podcast Series
Professor Dame Hermione Lee highlights the painting Ennui by Walter Sickert in the Ashmolean’s new Podcast Series – Thinking With Things: the...12 January 2017Pamela Clemit receives Keats-Shelley Association of America Distinguished Scholar Award
Pamela Clemit received the Keats-Shelley Distinguished Scholar Award for 2017 at the Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, on 6 January 2017...10 January 2017Tri-Innovation call for Pitches
Have you dreamed up a cool widget, a smart App, a clever financial model, or a new way of getting schoolchildren interested in life-writing?...
Lectures and Seminars24 - 24Jan JanWriting World Lives: How to Write a World LifeTuesday 24 January -5:30pm to 7:00pmNetworking24 - 24Jan JanScience Table DinnerTuesday 24 January -6:30pm to 7:30pm
Put away your lab coat and safety specs and come to Wolfson for dinner to meet other Wolfson scientists. We have arranged that a table will be set aside in Hall at dinner today from 6:30pm onwards for anyone who would like to come.Courses and Workshops25 - 25Jan JanInteracting beyond the MediterraneanWednesday 25 January -9:30am to 6:00pm
Interactions concern the dynamics of movement of people, objects and ideas from place to place, on a daily basis and/or for extraordinary occasions, at local to global scales. The past few years have yielded a considerable amount of new archaeological data which have the potential to improve our understanding of interaction dynamics between these areas.