The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) at Wolfson College was founded in 2011 by the then President of Wolfson College, the biographer Dame Hermione Lee. In that time we have gained a local, national and international reputation as a unique hub of activities relating to many kinds of life-writing and as a significant, interdisciplinary cultural presence. Oxford is an international hub for biographical activities. Oxford University Press publishes the Dictionary of National Biography, the most famous biographical publication in the world; as well as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The Grove Dictionary of Art, containing thousands of biographical entries on musicians and artists. The Ashmolean Museum is committed to biographical interpretations of its works of art. There are biographers at Oxford University working within many different fields and there are some distinguished non-academic biographers living and working in Oxford.
We promote a lively, cross-disciplinary dialogue on all aspects of life-writing through a busy weekly programme of events, including lunch talks, lectures, performances, panel discussions, conferences and seminars and full day workshops. Most of these are free of charge and open to all across the academic community and the general public, and attract a wide audience, from established academics to schoolchildren, who enjoy access to top level scholarly debate within an Oxford College. We are committed to outreach, collaboration, and fostering research into life-writing through postdoctoral Research Fellowships, Postgraduate Scholarships, Visiting Scholarships and Visiting Doctoral Studentships. We support young academics at the start of their careers, and provide a central point for established practitioners for discussion and international collaboration, as well as allowing the general public open access to all our events, and offering opportunities for mentoring and outreach in the community.
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.
14 November 2018First Workshop in Hindi at the University of Oxford
The South Asia Research Cluster at Wolfson College is participating in a three-day Hindi Diaspora Literature workshop. The workshop will be...12 November 2018Aris Lecture: Magic, Healing, and Ethics in Tibetan Buddhism
Dr Sam van Schaik will deliver the Fourth Aris Lecture on Magic, Healing, and Ethics in Tibetan Buddhism.6 November 2018Tim Hitchens receives knighthood from the Queen at Windsor Castle
The College president was honoured for his service to the Queen.
Lectures and Seminars19 - 19Nov NovAWRC: Iranian World Seminar Series: The Crucible of Empire: The Sasanian World a...Monday 19 November - 5:00pmLectures and Seminars19 - 19Nov NovIn Conversation and Open Audience Q&A with Christian LevettMonday 19 November - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
In Conversation and Open Audience Q&A with Christian Levett, art and antiquity collector and founder of the Mougins Museum of Classical Art on 19 November from 5.30 pm in the Auditorium, Wolfson College. Refreshments will be served afterwards.Clubs & Societies19 - 19Nov NovItalian language course by OUISMonday 19 November - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Oxford University Italian Society (OUIS) organises weekly classes open to all those interested in learning Italian. The beginners course is in Wolfson (seminar room 3, but check at the lodge) on Mondays at 19:30. Italian classes at other levels are also organised in different locations.