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.

News
Events

Keep up with what’s happening

11 September 2017
Jacob Dahl is awarded a Full Professorship in the 2017 Recognition of Distinction exercise

Professor Jacob Dahl took up the Associate Professorship in Assyriology, the study of the ancient written cultures of Mesopotamia at Oxford...

OCLW Awards Announcements Summer 2017
11 August 2017
OCLW Tony Gray Visiting Scholarship and the OCLW/ODNB Bursary Recipients Announced

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the OCLW/ODNB research bursaries and Tony Gray Visiting Scholarship for 2017/2018.

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27 July 2017
Wolfson Hosts Dancing Lives Conference

The conference brought together scholars, curators, biographers, and dance practitioners to explore how people write about the lives of dancers...

Our upcoming events

Art exhibition
01 - 20
Oct Oct
Art Exhibition: Christopher Green 'Essays in varying lengths'
Sunday 1 October - 10:00am to Friday 20 October - 7:00pm

Private View on Sunday 1 October 12 noon to 3 pm. 

Exhibition continues until 20 October. Open daily subject to College commitments. Visitors are advised to ring the Lodge on 01865 274100 beforehand.

Clubs & Societies
10 - 10
Oct Oct
Wolfson Amref Group termly meeting
Tuesday 10 October -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

The College Amref Group holds meetings once a term, every term, on the Tuesday of 1st Week. Do come and join us. Newcomers are especially welcome.

Concert and Plays
14 - 14
Oct Oct
La Bohème by Puccini
Saturday 14 October -
7:30pm to 10:30pm

Fully staged, sung in Italian with English surtitles, Barefoot Opera bring their unique brand of energized, physical ensemble playing to one of the world’s most loved operas. In Puccini’s La Boheme youth, joie de vivre and passion struggle against the hard, dark city and Barefoot Opera’s cast are touchingly young artists just emerging from the London colleges. Our signature quartet/ensemble is led by Lesley Anne Sammons with direction by Jenny Miller.