Verge Conference 2016: Arts & the Inklings

Date(s) - September 28, 2016 - September 30, 2016
All Day

Trinity Western University

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Trinity Western University | School of the Arts, Media + Culture  
Music Building

“He [the reader] does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods; the reading makes all real woods a little enchanted.”  

C.S. Lewis
On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

This interdisciplinary arts conference invites presentations on topics relating to and stimulated by the work of the group of Oxford authors known as The Inklings—including C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as friends such as Dorothy L. Sayers, and their literary mentors, earlier writers such as George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton.

We invite presentations on such topics as…

  • The Inklings’ authors contributions to the arts
  • Translating their work into other media–film, theatre, music, visual arts
  • The relationship between faith and story
  • The Inklings’ legacy as culture critics
  • The role of friendship and mentorship in their/our/others’ artistic creativity
  • Other topics related to the theme

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Michael Ward Senior Research Fellow
    Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford
    Author of Planet Narnia (Oxford University Press, 2008)

This conference welcomes submissions from any discipline that explores the topic under consideration. Please submit presentation abstracts (300 words) and a short bio (100 words) to [email protected] . Presentation length is 25 minutes with an additional 10 minutes for discussion of each paper. We welcome non-conventional forms of presentation, including lecture-recitals and other performances (a different time frame may be proposed). In order to facilitate discussion throughout the conference, no more than thirty presenters will be chosen and there will be no more than two concurrent sessions. Presentations may be considered for publication in our online journal, Verge: a journal of the arts and Christian faith [].

The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2016, with notification of acceptance by June 15. 


  • Inklings Institute of Canada, led by faculty members in TWU’s Department of English and Creative Writing, contributes to international and interdisciplinary research on the works of the Oxford Inklings group, investigating how these authors critiqued their own cultures, encouraging us to respond to our own historical/cultural context.

co-directors Monika Hilder, Ph.D., and Stephen Dunning, Ph.D.

  • The Verge is a scholarly initiative of TWU’s School of the Arts, Media + Culture aimed at exploring interdisciplinary intersections of the arts with various other disciplines and cultural concerns. Past conference themes have addressed issues such as the environment, ethics, knowing, social action, and identity.

    artistic director David Squires, Ph.D.

“That is one of the functions of art: to present what the narrow and desperately practical perspectives of real life exclude.”

C.S. Lewis
On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature

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