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.
25 April 2017Wolfson College Portraits
The renowned American fine art photographer Mariana Cook, whose photographs of people and landscapes are held in many private and museum...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...
Lectures and Seminars30 - 30May MayClio Barnard: The Selfish GiantTuesday 30 May -5:30pm to 7:00pm
The Selfish Giant is a 2013 British drama film inspired by the Oscar Wilde story. It won the Europa Cinemas award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and Best Film at the 24th Stockholm International Film Festival. It was nominated for the 2014 Bafta.Lectures and Seminars31 - 31May MayEscalation in the British Army's War on the IRA, 1971-72Wednesday 31 May -5:00pm to 6:30pm
Dr Huw Bennett is Reader in International Relations at the University of Cardiff. Huw specialises in strategic studies, the history of war, and intelligence studies, and works on both historical and contemporary issues concerning the use of military power. His primary research focus is the experiences of the British Army since 1945, in the contexts of British politics, the Cold War, the end of empire, and the War on Terror.Lectures and Seminars31 - 31May MayMax Watson Annual Lecture: Ethical Business Practice and RegulationWednesday 31 May -5:30pm to 6:30pm
Christopher Hodges, Professor of Justice Systems, will deliver the 2017 Max Watson Annual Lecture to present his proposals to support an ethical basis for business practice and regulation.
Professor Hodges will present his research into the concept of Ethical Business Regulation (EBR), which aims to foster a business culture of mutual engagement, respect, learning, and constant improvement, based on social trust.
He will ask: