Inklings Institute of Canada

Inklings Institute of Canada (IIC), led by faculty members in the Department of English and Creative Writing, is an interdisciplinary research effort that formalizes, strengthens and advances Trinity Western University’s contribution to international research on the works of the Oxford Inklings group—including C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as friends such as Dorothy L. Sayers, and their literary mentors, earlier writers such as George MacDonald and G.K. Chesterton. IIC encourages the advancement of Inklings scholarship through literary criticism and related collaborative research across the disciplines; investigates how these authors critiqued their own cultures and therefore help us to respond to our own historical/cultural context; promotes the publication of research and scholarship in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other suitable venues appropriate to the various disciplines; fosters undergraduate and graduate student involvement in such research and scholarship; seeks funding for Inklings research; contributes to the current return of religious language to public discourse—and does so within the campus, with associated members nationally and internationally, and with the general public. IIC thus recognizes and will continue to promote TWU’s unique leadership in Inklings scholarship in Canada.

TWU’s Masters in Interdisciplinary Humanities program offers a number of rich and exciting ways to explore both Inklings writers and ideas of central importance to their authorships. 

2015 Annual Report for Inklings Institute of Canada


Monika Hilder, Ph.D.
– Co-Director
Stephen Dunning, Ph.D.
– Co-Director