Call for Papers

Western Regional Conference on Christianity & Literature 2024

Trinity Western University, Langley, BC

May 9-11, 2024

ConVersing/ConServing: Care, Creation, Communion

In Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, our conference keynote speaker Marilyn McEntyre presents literary art and the study of literature as a form of stewardship. Caring for words is akin, she says, to environmental concern and action, for we hold both language and the land in common. We invite presentations and conversations exploring the relations between literature and conservation, of serving together creatively to keep and pass on what has been given to us. Our theme is intentionally broad as we seek to encourage and celebrate the creation, interpretation, and appreciation of literature from across historical periods and genres. We welcome professors, graduate and undergraduate students from within the discipline of literary studies, as well as scholars from other disciplines who engage with the theme.

Presentations can be in the form of an academic conference paper or a creative presentation on topics that include, but are not limited to, literary creation conversing with

Proposal submissions: E-mail to Dr. Katharine Bubel at an abstract of no more than 300 words for an individual presentation or a group panel session by November 30, 2023. 

Undergraduate students must submit their entire paper for consideration; eligible undergraduate papers will be entered into the national CCL Undergraduate Writing Contest for a cash prize and publication on the CCL website.

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for the CCL Travel Grant. For more details on these undergraduate and graduate opportunities, click here.

Keynote Speaker

Marilyn McEntyre

Marilyn teaches and writes on topics including literature and the natural world and relations among spirituality, language, and healing.

Other special guests include

Loren Wilkinson

Professor Emeritus, Regent College
Expert in Christian Environmental Ethics & Earthkeeping

Leah Kostamo

Spiritual Care Counselor
Co-Founder of A Rocha Canada

Bob Ekblad

Co-Founder & Co-Director of Tierra Nueva
& New Earth Refuge
Burlington, Washington