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.
8 May 2018Message from the President
It is a great honour to have been elected President of Wolfson. The college is one of the most distinctive in Oxford: a graduate college,...30 April 2018Inauguration of Tim Hitchens
All members and friends of Wolfson College are invited to a May morning welcome event for Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as the new President of Wolfson....
Lectures and Seminars21 - 21May MayThe Zoroastrian goddess Dēn in Islamic robe: her figure in Zoroastrianism and it...Monday 21 May - 5:00pmCourses and Workshops21 - 21May MayZen MeditationMonday 21 May - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Learn and practise traditional Zen Buddhist meditation and learn the fundamental tenets of Buddhism.Lectures and Seminars22 - 22May MayAWRC: Graduate Students' Forum: presentations of their work in progressTuesday 22 May - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
3 graduate student members of the AWRC will present a topic for friendly discussion with Cluster members and others with an interest: Nina de Kreij: "Μᾶλλον and μάλιστα in comparative and superlative expressions in Homer" Valters Negribs: "Can Kings be Yogīs?" Eva Anita Haghighi: "Etruscans in Latin poetry: political,cultural and personal implications in the age of Augustus". All are welcome!