About the CLSG

Welcome to the website of the Christianity and Literature Study Group, an allied organization of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). The CLSG aims to promote a scholarly Christian understanding of literature and of current issues in literary studies, through critical and theoretical study, self-reflective teaching, and/or primary creative work. At the heart of this process is a lively and enlivening scholarly dialogue, evident in the annual conference (no parallel sessions), a range of publications, and continued interaction through the year. Through engaging a variety of Christian perspectives in the study, teaching, and creation of literature, the CLSG is committed to opening new avenues of understanding and perception, and to supporting its members and the broader community in their own writing, reading, and teaching.

Members have a wide range of interests, from Anglo-Saxon texts to Canadian literature to contemporary literary theory. Topics can range from literatures in English through to Biblical studies and creative writing; cross-disciplinary approaches are welcome and encouraged. CLSG presupposes no particularly theological orientation, but respects an orthodox understanding of Christianity as an historically defined faith. CLSG membership is open to professional or freelance writers as well as to academics, graduate students, teachers, and interested members of the broader community.

A history of the CLSG since its inception in 1988 can be found in Deane Downey’s “Barbara Pell: In Memoriam” and “Barbara Pell and the Christianity and Literature Study Group” originally published in Canadian Poetry no.67 (Fall/Winter 2010).

Our conference is held each year at the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, dovetailing with the ACCUTE conference. Details of our annual conference can be found on this web site (under “Conference“), as well as on the ACCUTE web page (accute.ca).


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CLSG 2022 – Call For Papers

Christianity and Literature Study Group

Call for Papers

Annual Conference, Montreal 2022

The Christianity and Literature Study Group invites proposals for papers and panels on any aspect of Christianity and literature for its annual Conference, which will be held in in Montreal—in person, we hope, and pray! We welcome a range of critical approaches and topics, including pedagogy, multimedia genres, and creative writing.  Proposals for panels with alternate formats are particularly welcome.

Proposals for member-organized sessions should include a title and brief (approx. 150-word) description by October 4thth, so that we can circulate a revised CFP including these panel calls. Individual paper proposals are welcome at this time as well.

The deadline for all paper proposals, including those for member-organized panels, is December 6th.

Paper Proposals

Following the guidelines on the ACCUTE website, paper proposers should send a 300-500 word proposal (with no identifying marks), a 100 word abstract, a 50 word biographical statement, and the submitter information form, to Tina.Trigg@kingsu.ca or to kateq@uwindsor.ca no later than December 6th.  All CLSG proposals are sent to a minimum of two readers on a blind referee basis, and acceptance is confirmed usually by mid-January.

Note: In order to present a paper at the CLSG meeting, you must be a member in good standing of ACCUTE as well as of the CLSG. 

Proposals for papers and/or member-organized sessions should be sent to either Tina or Katherine at the addresses or emails below:

Tina Trigg, Chair                                                         Katherine Quinsey

Department of English                                               Department of English

The King’s University                                                  University of Windsor

9125 – 50 Street, Edmonton, AB T6B 2H3                  Windsor, ON  N9B 3P4

Tina.Trigg@kingsu.ca                                                 kateq@uwindsor.ca