Call for Papers: Tallinn 2012

IASYM (International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry) invites researchers, educators, and PhD and master students interested in the field of youth ministry to the third European IASYM conference which will be held at the Theological Institute of the Estonian Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Tallinn, Estonia. The theme of the conference is: “Sustainable youth ministry: Research for Post Secular Europe.”

What is sustainable youth ministry in contemporary Europe? The current debate regarding the ‘post-secular’ nature of the current social context in Europe presents a challenge to IASYM to continue reflecting upon the changing nature of religion in the region. What does this shifting landscape mean for youth ministry? What assumptions can be made about the worldviews of young people? What research methodologies are most suitable for conducting empirical research about religion and young people? What theological and conceptual frameworks should be developed to aid understanding of how youth ministry can be sustained in contemporary Europe? What sociological discoveries and theories are helpful for revealing changes that affect ministry among young people?

The conference will investigate this theme through (invited) keynote lectures (45 minutes), papers (30 minutes and a response of 15 minutes) presenting both research results and work in progress. Presentation of papers will take place in workshop sessions where time will be given for comment and responses.

We invite papers (4000-5000 words) from a wide variety of topics that address the theme of the conference from different contextual perspectives and research approaches within the field of youth ministry.

Deadlines:
• Send abstracts for proposed papers (approximately 300 words) to pmsonnenberg@pthu.nl : November 1, 2011
• Acceptance notification: December 1, 2011
• Paper (4000-5000 words), final draft: February 1, 2012

The full conference programme and details regarding online registration are forthcoming.

Academic Conference Committee:
* Dr. Sarah Dunlop, King’s College London, England, sarahlbdunlop@gmail.com
* Professor Bert Roebben, University of Dortmund, Germany, hubertus.roebben@tu-dortmund.de
* Professor Ulrich Schwab, University of Munich, Germany, ulrich.schwab@LMU.de
* PhD student Ronelle Sonnenberg, Protestant Theological University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, pmsonnenberg@pthu.nl

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