Conference Announcement & Call for Papers – Writing Lawrence

18 October 2022

Writing Lawrence and his World: Jeremy Wilson and the Art/Science of Biography

Location: Magdalen College, Oxford

Date: 30th/31st August 2023

T.E. Lawrence was a soldier, strategist, archaeologist, writer and myth, and also one of Magdalen College’s most (in)famous alumni. His life, work and exploits have been interpreted and reinterpreted by hundreds of writers with myriad perspectives, from the most passionate of fans to the critique of postcolonial commentators.

In 1989, after twenty-five years of research, Jeremy Wilson published the authorised biography of Lawrence, and claimed it as the first major objective record of Lawrence’s life. He had spent decades gathering a huge collection of evidence from official government records, copies of Lawrence’s letters to informal personal testimonies and the collections of fans.

To celebrate the completion of the cataloguing of the papers of Jeremy Wilson at the Archives of Magdalen College Oxford, we invite speakers to address the subject of “Writing Lawrence” as a starting point to discuss biographical writing on both Lawrence and his wider circle(s). We are interested in papers on:

Papers should not be longer than 30 minutes. Please send abstracts of c.300 words to by 31 January 2023.

Dr Lucy Smith

Wilson Project Archivist

Work on the Wilson Archive has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Harry and Alice Stillman Foundation.