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CFP: 17th Annual C.S. Lewis & the Inklings Society Conference

17 th Annual Conference of the C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Society
April 3-5, 2014
Wesleyan College
Macon, GA


Conference Theme: A Culture of Death? Inklings and Modernity

Keynote Speaker: David Bentley Hart
The C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Society will hold its 17th Annual Conference at Wesleyan College in Macon,
GA on April 3-5, 2014. The conference theme, A Culture of Death? Inklings and Modernit, seeks to
explore the Inklings’ complex relationship with the modern world.

The conference will be held at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. Wesleyan was the first college in the world
chartered to grant degrees to women in 1836. The college is sited on a lovely neoclassical campus in the north
part of Macon, about 1 hour south on Interstate 75 from the Atlanta airport.

Call for Papers:
The Inklings were situated squarely in the modern world, but were deeply disturbed by many aspects of it. The theme of this year’s conference seeks to explore some of the issues that arise from the ambiguities and ambivalences of their temporal placement. Topics include:

  • The Inklings’ relation to the modern (modern styles in literature, modern forms of literary criticism, modern politics, modern ethics, modern theology, modern 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

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 Wesleyan College Website.

Please submit a one-page abstract or a full paper by January 30th, 2014. Papers should be 8-10 pages (doublespaced, 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
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,, 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.