We are a hub for scholars and practitioners who are interested in, working on, or researching, all forms of life-writing. We organise events (for example, lectures, seminars, conferences, exhibitions) that stimulate thinking about life-writing and disseminate research into auto/biographical subjects and methodology.
If you want to study life-writing at the University of Oxford, you will have to become an English Literature student (at either Undergraduate or Graduate level) at the University, and select a life-writing course. Attending events at OCLW, and interacting with our members, will help to further your studies, but we do not offer teaching within the centre.
If you are interested in doing a doctorate ("DPhil") at the University of Oxford in a subject related to life-writing, then you can do so in affiliation with OCLW. This means that your doctorate will be awarded by the University, and your supervision will be organised by the appropriate Faculty. When making your choice of college, if you opt to join Wolfson College, then you can be affiliated to OCLW and benefit from a close connection to our members and activities.
We welcome applications from visiting doctoral students who would like to conduct their research while benefitting from the intellectual support of OCLW and Wolfson College. A Visiting Doctoral Studentship grants access to the college's academic community; dining rights in college; access to Wolfson's library; membership of OCLW, and the possibility of speaking publically about their research.