17th Annual C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Conference, April 3-5, 2014
Conference Theme: A Culture of Death? Inklings and Modernity
Keynote speaker: David Bentley Hart, Winner of the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing, 2011
April 3-5, 2014
The Inklings were situated squarely in the modern world, but were deeply disturbed by many aspects of it. This year's conference seeks to explore issues that arise from the ambiguities and ambivalences of their temporal placement. Topics include:
• The Inklings' relation to the modern (modern styles in literature, literary criticism, politics, ethics, theology, philosophy, etc.)
• The Inklings' critiques of modernity (what are these critiques? How successful are they?)
• The Inklings' relation to the pre-modern (the classical world, the middle ages, etc.)
• The Inklings' relation to postmodern or "post-secular" thought (Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair MacIntyre, John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, David Bentley Hart, etc.)
• Issues in their writings concerning life and death (either physical or spiritual)
• Issues concerning peace and violence
Papers on the above theme related to the works of C.S. Lewis, the Inklings, George MacDonald, and Dorothy L. Sayers are invited. However, papers on other subjects related to the above authors will also be considered.
All presenters must be members of the C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Society (CSLIS). Membership forms can be downloaded at http://www.oru.edu/academics/resources/cs_lewis/. There will be a competition with monetary awards for the best undergraduate, graduate, and faculty/scholar papers.
Conference registration forms and information will be available on the Events page of Wesleyan's website (http://www.wesleyancollege.edu/community/artsandintertainment.cfm).
Please submit a one-page abstract or a full paper by January 30th, 2014. Papers should be 8-10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font). To insure prompt notification, please include your e-mail on your submission. If you are willing to chair a section, please note this at the top of your abstract/paper. Participants will be held to a twenty-minute presentation limit.
Please send all abstracts/papers to: Dr. Michael P. Muth. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210
If you would like your paper to be considered for the competition, please send the full paper by January 30th, 2014, to Dr. Salwa Khoddam, email@example.com, as well as to Dr. Muth. Papers for the competition should be written according to the MLA Style Manual with in-text citations and a Works Cited page. They should be well-researched and have original theses. The names of the authors, their email addresses, and their affiliations should be on a separate sheet for blind review.