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Autumn conference 2021
Members and non-members welcome

On Going: figuring journey, position and place

Day conference
Saturday 6 November 2021
1.00 to 4.00 by Zoom, as from
Corpus Christi College, Oxford

When writing sets about describing experience, the raw contingent is often pulled together by some thread, or plot. With Odysseus, Abraham and Don Quixote there is coherence in their journey, and journeys are vehicles ready to carry a freight of discovery, feeling, significance and more. ‘The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty,’ Jacob told Pharaoh. ‘My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.’

Place may be invested with significance. The Forest of Arden, Wessex, Milk Wood are given peculiar connotations, while between Eden and the heavenly City there are countless signifiers at play.The journey may provide a metaphor for a stretch of experience, or it may depict the life experience of a person or a group. The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That which is to Come takes up a Biblical form, allegory, constructing an elaborate homily in the idiom of seventeenth century England. We are looking for papers which consider journeying, place and the way as tropes in ancient or modern texts, and we look especially for associations with Christian and Biblical themes.

The 2021 papers

Papers in their final form (think in terms of a reading time of 20 minutes) are distributed to participants two weeks beforehand, and on the assumption that they have been read by all, are discussed in turn in a series of 30 minute slots. They are offered for publication in The Glass and subsequently on the CLSG website.

The deadline for offering a paper was 31 May 2021.

With the pandemic continuing, the conference took place as a video conference. Papers were circulated two weeks prior and discussed during the conference. The start time on Saturday 6 November was 13.00 GMT, and anyone interested could register 18-23 October (5).

Details of the last conference: Autumn conference 2020

CLSG: exploring Christian and Biblical themes in literature

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The Christian Literary Studies Group in association with the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship