Academic Roundtable







Call for Papers

Academics are invited to apply for participation in the Academic Roundtable, a program element of the 2017 C.S. Lewis “Oxbridge” Summer Institute.

The Institute will take place in the cities and Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, England, from July 24 – August 3, 2017. The theme of the conference is “Irrigating Deserts & Cultivating Gardens: Pursuing Calling with Purpose & Hope.”

The Institute will feature two internationally recognized plenary speakers each morning, followed by afternoon seminars, workshops, and the Academic Roundtable. Each evening will be devoted to a rich menu of artistic events: theatre, a modern dance program, choral and orchestral music. Finally, Christian worship is a prominent feature of the Summer Institute.

The Academic Roundtable, part of Oxbridge 2017, will be a smaller, ten-day community of interdisciplinary scholarly engagement, which will place during the afternoons of the Institute.

Faculty from diverse disciplines will share their papers with each other, offering insights and critical comments from their respective vantage points. Sessions of the Academic Roundtable may also feature small-group interchange with some of the Summer Institute’s plenary speakers.

All paper proposals submitted for selection must engage the theme of Oxbridge 2017, but may do so from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective. Papers coming from the domain of Lewis or “Inklings” studies are also welcome. Papers reflective of the tradition of Christian engagement of the culture or the academy will be especially welcome.

Paper presentations must not exceed 20 minutes. Please submit by email, as attached Microsoft Word documents, the following: [a] a 300 word abstract detailing the paper, clearly describing the paper’s relationship to the Summer Institute theme, and [b] a 2-page CV, including complete contact information. Acknowledgement will be made by email.

Deadline for proposal submission: February 15, 2017 Extended to March 28, 2017

Faculty whose paper proposals are accepted will be expected to attend all ten days of the Summer Institute and participate in all scheduled sessions of the Academic Roundtable.

For more information, please visit the conference website at

Contact: Scott B. Key, Ph.D., Dir. Academic Roundtable, C.S. Lewis Foundation |

Note: some scholarship funding is available to participants of the Academic Roundtable. Please visit our registration page for more information.

Scott Key serves as professor of Philosophy at California Baptist University.

He has served CBU for 27 years in a variety of areas including: Director of the Great Works Program (a 4 year great books program), Department Chair, director of two off-campus program sites, and a regular part of the Honors Program faculty.

He is currently working on a book exploring the nature of truth in the Gospel of Mark.

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