CLGS 2021 Draft Program

The Christianity and Literature Study Group is an allied organization of ACCUTE. They will be holding their annual conference virtually in the days leading up to ACCUTE’s conference. All members of ACCUTE and CLSG are welcome to attend these sessions. The event is free of charge. Registration is required and the link will be open early in April. Please note there is separate registration for the poetry reading (featuring Alice Major and Lisa Martin) May 27th.

CLGS 2021 Draft Program

May 27-29, 2021 (All times in MDT)

Virtual Format, Colloquium Style


Thursday 27 May

11:00-12:30

Plenary I: Northern Relations: Indigeneity and the Land

Daniel Coleman (McMaster), “Can We Hear What the Land is Saying?”

1:30-3:00

Environmental Relations / Narratives of Nature

Katharine Bubel, Laura Van Dyke (Trinity Western), “The Liminal Land of Glome in Lewis’s Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

Neil Querengesser (Concordia, Edmonton), “In medias res: Alice Major and Belief in the

Anthropocene”

Deborah Bowen (Redeemer); Elise Arsenault (King’s, Halifax); Liane Miedema (Guelph); Noah Van Brenk (Dalhousie), “What Can Poetry Do? How Enchantment Can Awaken Environmental Hope”

5:00-6:30 – Poetry Reading

Alice Major and Lisa Martin

Reading is free of charge. Separate registration is required.

Friday 28 May

8:30-10:00

Facilitated Roundtable: Pedagogy as Hospitality

Tina Trigg (The King’s); Matthew Zantingh (Briercrest); Further presentations TBA

11:00-12:30

Plenary II: Mythic Relations

David Bentley (Western),”From Biblical Contradiction to Femme Fatale: Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Lilith”

1:30-3:00

Identity, Genre, and Spirituality

Emily McConkey (Ottawa), “’What Can I Give Him?’: Musical and Theological Interpretations of Christina Rossetti’s “A Christmas Carol (‘In the bleak mid-winter’)”

Clara Joseph (Calgary), “Emplotting India’s Freedom Struggle in the Face of the Thomas Christian”

Adrea Johnson (Alberta), “A ‘finger-post’ of Guidance for ‘wayward’ Dissenters: Reframing the

Minister’s Wife Through the Life and Work of Susannah Spurgeon”

5:00-6:30

Relation and Relationship in Gender, Genre, and Species

Katherine Quinsey (Windsor), “The Theology of Animal Welfare in Pope’s Essay on Man” Ariel Little (UBC), “’The special gift bestowed upon them’: Spiritual Formation Through Art in the Novels of Louisa May Alcott”

John Van Rys (Redeemer), “A Net Heaven-Sent: Alice Munro’s ‘Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage’ as Romantic Comedy”

Saturday 29 May

8:30-10:00

The Inklings: Inner Relations

Monika Hilder (Trinity Western), “Darwin or Ptolemy? Asking Mr. C. S. Lewis About the Divided Human Consciousness”

Brett Roscoe (The King’s), “The Fear of the Lord in C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia” Brenton Dickieson (UPEI), “The Personal Heresy and C.S. Lewis’ Autoethnographic Instinct: An Invitation to Intimacy in Literature and Theology

Business Meeting to Follow