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Post-Graduate Conference Grant: Writing Global Lives

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The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) is offering one grant of £1500, available to post-graduate students and early career researchers in the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford, to organise a conference on the subject of writing global lives.

The grant is available to students on DPhils and taught-course and research-based masters courses, in the Humanities, in any of the following Faculties: Classics; English Language & Literature; History; Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, or Phonetics Laboratory; Medieval and Modern Languages; Music; Oriental Studies; Philosophy; Rothermere American Institute; Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art; Theology and Religion; and the Voltaire Foundation. Students from other disciplines may be included on the conference committee. The lead applicants must be DPhil or Masters students, but the conference committee may include early career scholars (up to 5 years post-DPhil). All applicants must be registered at the University of Oxford on the date on which the conference is proposed to take place. Re-applications from students who have applied in the past (on the same or different topics) are welcome.

'Life-Writing' may be interpreted in the broadest terms. Conferences may be proposed on related themes including (but not limited to) biography and autobiography, memoir, interviews, journals, letters and correspondence, auto/biographical form, methodology, criticism and history, and on thematic and methodological relationships between life-writing and global lives. For more information about life-writing, and about the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, please see For more information about The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, see TORCH's website:

Applicants should propose a one or two-day conference, to be held either at TORCH's premises in the Radcliffe Humanities Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, or at Wolfson College The conference should take place during full term, or any day outside full term (except Sundays), between the start of Trinity Term 2016 and the end of Michaelmas Term 2016. Applicants will be responsible for all administrative aspects of the conference, including formulating the theme and intellectual rationale, devising the format (invited speakers or open call for papers), inviting speakers and/or issuing a Call for Papers, organising the schedule, and managing the budget, promotion and advertising. OCLW and TORCH will provide limited support and publicity, and are happy to advise, but the organisation of the conference is the responsibility of the applicants.

Applications should be submitted by 12 noon on 12 December 2016.  Applicants should email a completed application form, together with the specified supporting materials and a covering letter, to Dr Kate Kennedy at OCLW: Applicants will be notified of the outcome by 19 December 2016.

Application forms can be downloaded here.