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The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis & Friends: 2020 Colloquium

The Lewis Center promotes the integration of faith, scholarship, and the imagination as modeled by a group of British writers we identify as “C.S. Lewis and Friends.”

2020 Colloquium



Are WomEn Human (Yet)?

Gender and the Inklings

C. S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium | Taylor University

Conference: June 4-7, 2020
Undergraduate Preconference: June 3-4, 2020

Submit a Proposal

Submit Student Writing Contest Entry

Register for the Conference


JOIN US for our 12th Biennial C.S. Lewis & Friends Colloquium, June 4-7, 2020. Sponsored by Taylor University's Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis & Friends, the Colloquium features keynote addresses from top scholars in the field, plus hundreds of presentations of both original scholarship and creative work in paper sessions, workshops, panel discussion, performances, artist exhibitions, and much more. The Colloquium welcomes scholars, educators, students, lifelong learners, fans, seekers, and, as always, new friends to be part of our adventurous company.

Of course, this liveliest of conferences will have its usual dramatic performances, board games, late night singalongs, tea and biscuits, and the return of the fabulous pop-up bookstore by Eighth Day Books. In addition, The 2020 Colloquium will also once again include the opportunity to buy used and rare copies of books by Lewis & Friends authors. Come discover why Devin Brown says “The Taylor University Lewis Colloquium is the premier Inklings conference on the planet, with something for every level of scholar.”

CONFERENCE THEME: The 2020 Colloquium program will highlight the specific theme of “Are WomEn Human (Yet)? Gender and the Inklings.” Over eighty years after Dorothy L. Sayers first posed her startling question (and in honor of the centennial of woman’s suffrage), we think it is high time to acknowledge and celebrate women in the lives and works of authors like C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, and George MacDonald, but also to look carefully at their attitudes towards and relationships with women. We also hope to encourage new scholarship on individuals such as Ruth Pitter, Joy Davidman, Mary Neylan, Barbara Reynolds, Louisa and Lilia MacDonald, Ida Gordon, Katherine Farrer, Sister Penelope, Anne Ridler, and others whose contributions have been insufficiently noticed and/or undervalued in the shadow of their more famous friends. In keynote addresses, panel discussions, paper presentations, and creative work of all kinds, we will explore together these topics and many others.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: We are happy to announce that our plenary speakers for 2020 include Monika Hilder, Jane Chance, Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson, Don King, Diana Glyer, Jason Lepojärvi, and Charles Huttar.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Please see the Submit a Proposal page for information on submitting a proposal for a scholarly paper or creative work. Deadline for submission is March 1, 2020. 

UNDERGRADUATE PRECONFERENCE: For the first time in our history, and as part of our mission to identify and support the next generation of friends, the Colloquium will feature a Preconference especially for "Young Inklings" on June 3-4. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to attend special lectures and participate in workshops with leading scholars, as well as to present their own scholarly and creative work. Undergraduate work must be submitted to the student writings contests (see below) in order to be considered for presentation at either the Preconference and/or the Colloquium. See the Undergraduate Students page for more information on this exclusive opportunity.

STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST & STUDENT CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST: Currently enrolled undergraduate students may submit complete critical essays on the work of C. S. Lewis and/or a related author OR creative writing (e.g., poetry, prose, drama, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, screenplays). Winners will present their papers at the Colloquium and will receive free registration, room, and board. First-place winners will receive a cash prize as well. Deadline for Student Writing Contest submissions is March 31, 2020. See the Undergraduate Students page for additional information.