Why this theme?

One of the great wonders of the modern age is its public, loud-mouthed opposition to form, and its private, apparently unconscious reverence for it. We've made a form of informality. 

Nobody wonders practically whether form is useful or beneficial. Without form, there is nothing but chaos. Thought without form, if it exists at all, is incomprehensible. Music is probably the most beloved and the most formal of all the arts. Harmony, the soul of beauty, is impossible without form. 

The Bible reveals a God who saw a world "without form" who proceeded to create forms in time and space, who "being in the form of God" took "the form of a bond servant." He forms us in the womb, and He is being formed in us through the Gospel. The cosmos is a cosmos precisely because it is one great form filled with content. 

Consider: Language is formal. The arts are formal. Sports are formal. Love is formal. 

To think about anything is to think about form and to think about form is to think about everything. 



Registration is currently full. Please click here to put your name on the wait-list. 

Please note: Space is still available for the pre-conference.


WED., JULY 17th

9:30 am - 4:00 pm: Pre-conference 

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Registration and Reception


8:30 am - 10:00 am - Keynote 1: Andrew Kern

10:20 am - 11:30 am - Keynote 2: John Mason Hodges

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Breakout Session A

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Breakout Session B

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Poetic Knowledge Panel (Speakers TBD)


8:30 am - 10:00 am - Keynote 3: Karen Swallow Prior

10:20 am - 11:30 am - Keynote 4: Ken Myers

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Breakout Session C

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Lunch

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Breakout Session D

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Breakout Session E

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Paideia Prizie Banquet 


8:30 am - 9:45 am - Keynote 5: Joshua Gibbs

10:00 am - 11:10 am - Keynote 6: David Hicks

11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Panel

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - Closing Thoughts by Andrew Kern


I’ve already registered for the conference, do I need to register for the banquet also?
No. The banquet registration is included in the standard conference registration.

Will recordings of the sessions be available after the conference?
Absolutely. Nearly all of the sessions will be available to purchase as downloadable mp3s or in CD format a few weeks after the event.

Are meals included in the registration fees?
 Lunches Thursday and Friday are included, as is the Friday evening banquet. The Wednesday evening reception includes heavy hors d'oeuvres.

What time does the conference end?
The conference will end at lunch time on Saturday, July 20th, with Andrew Kern’s closing comments.

What is the cancellation policy? 
Refund requests received by January 1st, 2019 will be honored in full, minus a $20 cancellation fee per person. Cancellations received between Janaury 1st and April 1st, 2019 will receive a 50-percent refund, minus the cancellation fee. No refunds will be granted after May 1st unless your seat can be replaced by someone on the waiting list, in which case we will refund 50% of the registration. Please note that seats pre-ordered at the 2018 conference do NOT qualify for refunds under any circumstance. Cancellations and refund requests must be made by email: help@circeinstitute.com.

I saw the word “colloquy” on your schedule page. What does it mean?
A “colloquy” is a session that is designed to be discussion-based. Each colloquy is moderated by one of our speakers whose job is to kindle the conversation and maintain the session’s civility. Because of the Socratic nature of these sessions, they are limited to twelve per colloquy. There are two colloquies and 5 workshops per break out period.

How many sessions does the conference have?
There are typically 2 plenaries each day, the Friday night banquet, the Thursday “Great Conversation” panel (formerly the Poetic Knowledge Panel),  approximately 35 total workshops, and 14 total colloquies.

What time does the conference begin?
The conference begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday July 14th with a welcome reception and meet-and-greet. Food is provided. The sessions begin Thursday morning, July 18th, at 8:30 am.

Do you allow the transfer of tickets?
Due to the length of our wait-list we do not allow the transfer of tickes, except under extreme circusmtances. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions about this policy please email us at david (at) circeinstitute.com