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.
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...13 February 2017Professor Glen Dudbridge: a tribute
The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of our Emeritus Fellow Professor Glen Dudbridge.
Family Friendly06 - 07Apr MayScience event for childrenThursday 6 April - 6:00am to Sunday 7 May - 6:00am
Selma Dunbar would like to invite Wolfsonian children to participate in a research project aimed at helping to improve science education in schools. The project is supported by the Institute of Education, University College London and is designed to provide information on the key abilities that influence science learning during the primary school years.Clubs & Societies08 - 08Apr AprEntz: Wolfson Whiskey Society - Islay TastingSaturday 8 April -8:00pm to 11:00pm
The Wolfson Whiskey Society is hosting an Islay Tasting on Saturday 8th of April at 8 pm in the Buttery.
For this Special Event, we will be serving an extraordinary selection of the Highest Rated Whiskies our distributor has to offer:
And several other highly rated Islays.
The whiskeys will be presented by an (almost) professional expert: Jackie Ang.Courses and Workshops10 - 26Apr JunAdaptation Practice and ZenMonday 10 April - 7:00pm to Monday 26 June - 7:30pm
Discover everything you want to know about yourself and how you feel (and a few things you might rather not know) and what to do about it.
These classes introduce basic training in coping with emotion - how we feel and how our feelings affect us. They are pragmatic, down to earth, full of common sense, simple and yet at times challenging.