December 12, 2022

The Christian Literary Imagination Symposium and Conference

Event Series: The Christian Literary Imagination

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Georgetown University, Campion Hall, Oxford, and Blackfriars Hall, Oxford are pleased to announce a symposium and academic conference in Oxford to conclude their series of webinars on the Christian literary imagination

On December 12, there will be a day-long symposium featuring papers by scholars in the field, open to student responses. Space is limited to 30 and is intended for early-career researchers and doctoral students. You may RSVP to the symposium without submitting a paper proposal.

Please RSVP for the symposium on Eventbrite. To submit a paper proposal, please review the submission guidelines. The symposium will take place at Campion Hall (Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QS, United Kingdom)

On December 13, the academic conference will feature a keynote address from Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. Four distinguished speakers will offer their perspectives on questions such as: What is the Christian literary imagination, and how is it manifested in writers from the medieval period to the modern age? Is it something which is consciously espoused by some writers, but unconsciously manifested in the writings of others who happen to be influenced by a Christian culture? 

Please RSVP for the conference on Eventbrite.

This event is sponsored by the Future of the Humanities Project; the Georgetown Humanities Initiative; the Georgetown Master’s Program in the Engaged and Public Humanities; Campion Hall, Oxford; and Las Casas Institute (Blackfriars Hall, Oxford).

This is an in-person event in Oxford, United Kingdom. A recording of the December 13 conference will be made available following the event.


Rev. Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J., is vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University.

Dr. Clare Broom Saunders is senior tutor at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

Julia Lamm is a professor of theology at Georgetown University.

Bonnie Lander Johnson is the director of studies in English at Cambridge University.

Rev. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., is former director of Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Rev. Dr. Graham Ward is Regius Professor of Divinity at Christ Church, Oxford.

Rowan Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury.


Monday, December 12

RSVP for December 12

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. GMT | Welcome Session with Rev. Nick Austin, S.J., Master of Campion Hall, Oxford

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. GMT | Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford
To be followed by a discussion of 1-2 young scholar papers.

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. GMT | Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. GMT | Clare Broome Saunders, Director of Studies, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford
To be followed by a discussion of 1-2 young scholar papers.

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. GMT | Coffee and tea

3:45p.m. - 5:45 p.m. GMT | Rev. Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Georgetown University
To be followed by a discussion of 1-2 young scholar papers.

6:00 p.m. | Optional Mass

Tuesday, December 13

RSVP for December 13

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. GMT | Tea, coffee, and biscuits

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. GMT | Welcome Session with Rev. Nick Austin, S.J., Master of Campion Hall, Oxford, and Thomas Banchoff, Vice President for Global Engagement, Georgetown University

10:10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. GMT | Bonnie Lander Johnson, Director of Studies in English, Cambridge University
Introduction and Q&A Moderator: Clare Broome Saunders, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

11:20 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. GMT | Refreshments

11:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. GMT | Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark Book Launch with Michael Scott, Director of the Future of the Humanities Project, and Michael Collins, Dean Emeritus at Georgetown University
Introduction: Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. GMT | Buffet Lunch
Christian Shakespeare: Question Mark and a new series of books on Catholic women writers edited by Bonnie Lander Johnson will be on sale during lunch.

1:15 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. GMT | Afternoon Session Introduction by Rev. John O'Connor, O.P., Regent of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

1:20 p.m. - 2:25 p.m. GMT | Timothy Radcliffe, O.P., Former Director of Las Casas Institute at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford
Introduction and Q&A Moderator: Dom. Christopher Jamison, OSB, Abbot President of English Benedictines

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. GMT | Julia Lamm, Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
Introduction and Q&A Moderator: Kathryn Temple, Professor of English at Georgetown University

3:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. GMT | Coffee and tea

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. GMT | Dr. Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury
Introduction and Q&A Moderator: John DeGioia, President of Georgetown University

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. GMT | Concluding Panel Discussion

6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. GMT | Reception