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.
18 October 2016From Visions of Utopia to Lipstick on the Gorilla
The Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series kicks off this week with Dark Satanic Towns. The first of five lectures over this academic...4 October 2016Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2017
Wolfson College, together with the English Faculty at Oxford, are delighted to announce the second round of the Jon Stallworthy poetry prize in...28 September 2016British Academy award for Dr Sebastian Brock
On 27 September, Dr Sebastian Brock FBA was recognised by the British Academy for his extensive contribution to the study of Syriac language and...
Art exhibition24 - 11Oct NovRe-visiting China's Silk RoadMonday 24 October - 10:00am to Friday 11 November - 7:09pm
Photographic Exhibition: Re-visiting China's Silk Road - Images of Past and Present by Jacob Ghazarian
Open daily subject to College commitments. Please telephone the Lodge on 01865 274100 before visiting.
Private View Sunday 23 October 3 to 5 pm.Lectures and Seminars24 - 24Oct OctPresident’s Seminar: ‘Power’Monday 24 October -5:30pm to 6:30pm
This term Jonathan Wolff, Benjamin Savill and Ruy Sebastian Bonilla takes on the topic of Power.
Prof Jonathan Wolff
‘Power and Motivated Ignorance’ will suggest that those who hold social power are often blind to the facts which sustain their privilege.Lectures and Seminars25 - 25Oct OctThe Truth in Fiction and Life-writing in ChinaTuesday 25 October -5:30am to 7:00pm