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The Center for the Study of C. S. Lewis & Friends: Submit a Proposal

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.”

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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. 

CALL FOR PAPERS: We invite proposals for scholarly papers on any topic related to C. S. Lewis and his circle (broadly defined) – J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, and others. We are especially interested in papers on the conference theme, papers that expand the horizons of previous scholarship, and papers from new and emerging scholars. We also invite creative work—poetry, fiction, essay, drama, film, visual art, musical composition—that responds to or is influenced by the conference theme and/or these authors.  Proposals should be 100-200 words in length and should anticipate a twenty-minute presentation time limit. As always, papers on more general topics are also encourage. Creative work must be a complete work, rather than a proposal

Deadline for proposals is March 1, 2020. All proposals will be considered on a rotating basis.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION: Please direct any proposal-related questions to Dr. Joe Ricke at All other questions can be directed to

We have created a spreadsheet as an informal tool to connect individuals who wish to brainstorm ideas and/or find collaborators for panels, workshops, and roundtables. It is monitored by the Colloquium Co-Directors but is not part of the official proposal process. Anyone wishing to submit a proposal for a panel, workshop, or roundtable should contact Dr. Joe Ricke at

Undergraduate students, please see the Undergraduate Students page for information specific to submitting a proposal for the student writing contest.

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