IASYM European Biennial Conference:
Malta 2018

Youth Ministry and Identity in Times of Transformation


First call for papers

DATE: 04th – 07th April 2018

LOCATION: Catholic Archbishop’s Seminary, Rabat, MALTA

Adolescence and young adulthood are by definition periods of transition contributing to deep transformations in one’s identity journey. However, apart from experiencing a longer period during this stage of life, young people are also living in a context that is in continuous transformation and flux. Hypermodernity, social networking, economy, politics, migration, unemployment, the ecological crises are all in some way or other contributing to transforming the personal and community identifies of young Europeans.

We hope that this conference will provide youth ministers and scholars working in the fields of pastoral/practical theology, youth ministry and youth to come together to reflect and share experiences on the ever new challenges and opportunities that develop from the interaction between social, cultural and psychological factors.

Call for Papers

Scholars and practitioners are welcome to submit papers that may address a wide variety of aspects related to the theme of the conference. However all papers must address issues related to Youth and/or Youth Ministry.

Please submit abstracts in the following format: The abstracts must be written in English and should be of not more than 400 words.

1. Abstracts must be written in English.
2. 400 words summary of the argument or analysis that will be presented;
2. Short description of methodology (e.g., literature-based review and analysis, qualitative or quantitative research, conceptual analysis, historical research, or insights from a community of practice); and
3. A selected bibliography of primary sources grounding your work.

Abstracts must be submitted by 2 October 2017 to Prof. Adrian Gellel (adrian.gellel@um.edu.mt)

All those who submit a proposal will receive the results of the review process by 3 November 2017.

The full paper should be sent to the conference organisers by 15 February 2018.

During the conference each paper will be allocated with 20 minutes of presentation time and 10 minutes of discussion with the audience.

Important Dates

Deadline for submitting abstract: 2 October 2017
Acceptance Notice: 3 November 2017
75% Refund: until 6 November 2017
Early bird Registration Fee Deadline: 15 December 2017 midnight CET.
Deadline for submission of full paper: 15 February 2018.
Late Registration Fee Deadline: 23 March 2018 midnight CET.


The venue is the Catholic Archbishop’s Seminary which is situated at Rabat, just walking distance from the old medieval city of Mdina, the former capital of the Malta. The seminary is well equipped for conference gatherings and is located on one of the higher peaks allowing for some of the most beautiful panoramic views of the island.

Malta Information Links
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More Information

For more information contact Anthony Misfud (amifs04@um.edu.mt)

European Conference 2018: Call for Papers