Hello life-writers! Trinity begins next week, and OCLW has some great events on this term: two conferences, a talk by OCLW director Hermione Lee on her new biography of Penelope Fitzgerald, a colloquium on Coetzee’s Lives following his public reading, and much more. Hope to see many of you there. Details below.
Oxford Centre for Life-writing Events: Trinity Term 2014
All OCLW members are very welcome to attend the Wolfson Public Lecture Series in Trinity Term 2014. On 8, 15, 20 and 29 May respectively, Romesh Gunesekera, Michael Ondaatje, Kamile Shamsie, and Anita and Kiran Desai will discuss aspects of the Series’ theme: New Challenges for South Asian Writing in the Twenty-First Century.
OCLW members are also welcome to attend a special event: novelist J.M. Coetzee will give a rare public reading at Wolfson’s Leonard Wolfson Auditorium on 12 June. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
19 May (Week 4), 5.30-7pm, Haldane Room, Wolfson College:
Seminar: ‘Writing Family Memoir’ with Lyndall Gordon. This year’s Wolfson Public Lecture Series, themed around South Asian writing, articulates a clear interest in family memoir. This OCLW seminar, featuring the biographer Lyndall Gordon (biographer of Emily Dickinson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Henry James, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf), will build on the theme of family memoir.
3 June (Week 6), 5.30-8pm, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College:
Lecture: Hermione Lee on Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life. OCLW’s director, Hermione Lee, will be discussing and reading from her recent acclaimed biography of the novelist Penelope Fitzgerald. This special event will be followed by a celebratory drinks reception in the Haldane Room, Wolfson College.
13 June (Week 7), 2-6pm, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College:
Workshop: ‘Coetzee’s Lives’. Featuring David Attwell, Professor of Modern Literature at the University of York, this afternoon workshop will build on themes raised by the preceding day’s reading by the acclaimed author J.M. Coetzee. No registration is required; all are welcome. Convened by Elleke Boehmer; Please direct queries to firstname.lastname@example.org
17 June (Week 8), 1-2pm, Haldane Room, Wolfson College:
Life-Writing Lunch Seminar: Mark Thompson will be speaking on his biography of the Serbian and Yugoslavian novelist Danilo Kis, Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kis, and questioning, ‘how do you write a literary biography?’ The Life-Writing Lunch is a termly seminar series, in which auto/biographers discuss their work in an informal, friendly setting over a sandwich lunch. There is no charge, but you must register well in advance, by following the link on http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/clusters/life-writing/events/lwlunch
2 July (Week 10), 9-6pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Oxford:
Conference: Procrastination – Cultural Explorations. Winners of the OCLW-TORCH Postgraduate Conference Award, Danielle Yardy and Elizabeth Chatterjee are the convenors of a one-day conference exploring the phenomenon of procrastination, and the fraught moral and political claims it provokes. For more information, please see http://procrastinationoxford.org, follow the conference on Twitter (@ProcrastinOx), or email the convenors at ProcrastinationOx@gmail.com
Hosted Events Taking Place at OCLW
8 May (Week 2), 10-6pm, Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College:
Conference: ‘Genius for Sale! Artistic Production and Economic Context in the Long Nineteenth Century’. This one-day conference will bring together scholars from a number of disciplines to examine the relationship between creative output and economic forces in the long nineteenth century, a period that saw a radical transformation in the economic circumstances facing artists. It will feature scholars who have produced detailed qualitative studies of the impact of economic context on artistic production and those who have turned to quantitative methods to study cultural output. Speakers will include economists, historians, economic historians, art historians, and modern linguists who work on different kinds of cultural production (art, music and literature) in diverse geographic settings. Convenors: Jonathan Paine and Diana Greenwald. Please see www.artsandecon.com for more information, or email email@example.com