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.
13 February 2017Professor Glen Dudbridge: a tribute
The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Emeritus Fellow Professor Glen Dudbridge.29 January 2017Jon Stallworthy Prize Winner Annnounced
On 18 January 2017 the second award was made of the Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize for Oxford postgraduate students, at an event held at Wolfson...24 January 2017President-elect
The Fellows of Wolfson College are delighted to announce the election of Mr Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as their next President, in succession to...
Lectures and Seminars21 - 21Feb FebWriting World Lives: Martin Luther, Difficult HeroTuesday 21 February -5:30pm to 7:00pm
Lyndal Roper is a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, and the first woman to hold the Regius Chair in History. Her first book, The Holy Household. Women and Morals in Reformation Augsburg argued that the Reformation developed a theology of gender. Its attraction lay in its offer of the vision of a ‘holy household’ where the roles of men and women were clearly distinct.Networking22 - 22Feb FebPoster Evening - Present your research resultsWednesday 22 February -6:30pm to 8:00pm
Have you presented a poster about your research at a conference, symposium or workshop? This is a great opportunity for students and fellows to present their research work to the Wolfson community. Posters are well-established in the sciences but are becoming more common in other fields. We are particularly keen to encourage students in the Humanities and Social Sciences to participate in this poster event.