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International IASYM conference, Atlanta, July 11th-14th, 2022

Registration is now open (please login to your profile first, to get the right registration options)

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Additional Call for papers

Registration is open.

The conference will be held on location in Atlanta at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Some of the presentations will also be streamed, so there will be an the option to participate online only. Only IASYM members can register for on-location participation. The membership has to be active (paid). Please notice that there is a limited number of seats available. Non-IASYM members (Free affiliation) can register for online participation at a higher rate.

For registration and prices use this link  (please login to your profile first).

Question about the Atlanta conference can be directed to Elizabeth Corrie by e-mail.  

Questions about the registration process can be directed to Christian Noval by e-mail.

Corona precautions (as per March 1st, 2022)

The current pandemic still affects both the planning and execution of an international conference. At the moment we have the following restrictions due to the policies of Emory University and IASYM:

  • On-location participation requires full covid-19 vaccination.
  • Masks will be required in common spaces inside buildings.
  • Groups meals will be eaten outside (tents)
  • It's possible to cancel your registration until June 10th and receive a refund according to Cancellation Policy mentioned below.
The precautions will be updated if the situation changes. You can learn current Emory University Visitor Policy here.

Cancellation policy

The global pandemic has before drastically changed many travels. In the event of new last minute travel restrictions, the Host Committee will consider alternative options for the conference. Therefore we recommend you have a travel insurance to cover your flight in case of on location cancellation. IASYM isn't responsible for travel expenses in case of cancellation. 

In case you have to cancel your registration the following refunds are possible:

  • Cancellations of on-location registrations before June 10th: full refund minus 45 EUR which is converted into an online participation.
  • No refunds for online registrations.

No other refunds are possible.

Current travel restrictions

We hope there will be no travel restrictions in July. But please keep updated on the current regulations through one of these sites and be sure to check with your local US embassy concerning travel protocols and visa requirements.


February 24th, 2021 Call for Papers is published.

May 14th, 2021 Deadline for proposals.

July 1st, 2021 Acceptance notification and feedback was sent by the academic committee

December 6th, 2021 Deadline for completed full-text paper submissions

December 15th, 2021 The compendium with the submitted papers will be sent electronically to the conference participants.

January 6th - 7th, 2022 IASYM e-conference and AGM.

March 1st, 2022 Registration is open and a new Call for Papers will be send (download pdf).

April 1st, 2022 Deadline for additional proposals

April 15th, 2022 Acceptance notification and feedback will be sent by the academic committee

May 1st, 2022 Deadline for completed full-text paper submissions for those already accepted by the first call

June 1st, 2022 Deadline for completed full-text paper submissions for those already accepted by this extra call

June 10th, 2022 Last change for cancelling your registration (see the conditions above)

June 15th, 2022 Program and link to the submitted papers will be available online for all conference participants.

July 7th - 8th, 2022 For those who want to follow the online REA conference together in Atlanta, please e-mail Helen Blier at

July 11th - 14th, 2022 Bi-annual International IASYM conference, Emory University, Atlanta, US

There might be more optional programs for those arriving earlier in Atlanta (more info will follow).

Questions to the organizing committee can be send to Helen Blier at

Questions to the academic committee can be send to Christian Noval at

--- Additional Call for Papers ---

Download as PDF

Call for papers for the bi-annual international IASYM conference

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

July 11th - 14th, 2022

Due to the postponed conference date (from January)

this is an extra call for papers to add to those papers already accepted

Engaging With the Prophetic Voices of Young People

In Acts 2, Jesus’ friends are emboldened by the Spirit to leave their locked room and engage the market place.  There they find a wildly diverse community gathered – and the sudden, miraculous ability to speak different languages. Peter quotes Joel’s prophecy:

…I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,

and your sons and daughters shall prophesy,

and your young shall see visions,

and your elders shall dream dreams.

The IASYM 2022 conference will gather in the city of Atlanta, the heartland of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement – a spiritual movement seeking justice, guided in dialogue with the black Church and the visions of young people.  This conference meets as the world emerges from the pandemic and, as after the Pentecost, we know there is no way we can go back to life as it was before.

Today, we find ourselves surrounded by the voices of young people, calling us all to attend to the injustices of the world.  From student-led actions in support of democracy and human rights to their call for climate action to world leaders … our sons and daughters are prophesying, and our young see visions – often outside the context of traditional religious structures and faith-informed contexts. 

When the voices of young are raised in the public square, many questions are relevant for youth ministry. How can youth ministry research contribute by creating opportunities for the voices of young people to be in dialogue with the wider Christian community and faith tradition? How should we engage with young people's search for justice and change in the context of God’s mission in the world? How can we bring together the prophetic voices of the young and the dreams of the elders? Taking a cue from the inspiration of Pentecost and the legacy held by our host city, this conference will invite presentations that interact with this theme.

We also invite papers on other themes that meet the IASYM’s stated aim to further the academic study and research of youth and youth ministry to raise the profile of youth ministry as a calling, career and/or professional enterprise, and to encourage the reflection on youth ministry and academic disciplines that will support the practice of youth ministry. These papers could come from a sociological, practical theology, systematic theology or historical perspective.

While the conference is at Emory University in Atlanta, not all might be able to travel in July. It will therefore also be possible both to present (some papers) and participate (most papers) online. If you are only able to present online, please indicate so in your proposal.

In the program there will be space for different kinds of presentations:

  • Keynotes in plenary sessions
  • Key Paper major paper (semi-plenary session with two presentations taking place at the same time)
  • Research Papers presentations of original research in adolescent, youth and young adult ministry submitted by conference delegates. In each session, a prepared response and group discussion will follow the presentation.
  • Emerging Research sessions provide an opportunity to share ‘works-in-progress’ and developing thoughts as well as completed ideas not yet established in a formal paper. These sessions provide an opportunity for new or emerging researchers (whether engaged in formal study or as a thoughtful practitioner) to road-test ideas and receive feedback in a constructive environment.
  • Alternative presentations. If you intend to lead your session in an alternative way (e.g. roundtable discussion, workshop, masterclass) please explain how you propose to do so and describe your rationale for the proposal.

Timeline for submissions

Please notice: Acceptance notifications are already given to those who proposed for the original schedule. The new deadline for paper submission for these is May 1st 2022.

April 1st 2022: Deadline for new proposals

April 15th 2022: Acceptance notification and feedback will be sent by the academic committee

May 1st 2022: Deadline for completed full-text paper submissions for those already accepted by the first call

June 1st 2022: Deadline for completed full-text paper submissions for those already accepted by this extra call

June 15th 2022: The compendium with the submitted papers will be sent electronically to the conference participants.

Submission of proposals:

Proposal should be submitted to the academic committee not later than April 1st 2022.  Your proposal should include all of the following information:

  • ·       Your full name and country of residence
  • ·       Your e-mail address
  • ·       Your academic background
  • ·       Your institution
  • ·       The title of your paper
  • ·       The abstract (max 300 words). If relevant please include your methodology and bibliography
  • ·       A qualification by answering: What do you believe this presentation will contribute to the conversation on youth ministry research?
  • ·       Specify the category that your paper fits into (research paper, emerging paper or alternative presentation). If you propose an alternative presentation please specify how and why.
  • ·       If you are unable to attend in Atlanta and only want to present online, please indicate it.

Please submit your proposal by e-mail to Before you submit ensure all of the above elements are included. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail within a few days.

The academic committee:

Dr. Helen Blier, Pittsburgh, USA

Dr. Amy Peacock Jacober, Arizona, USA

Dr. Paul Kelly, Los Angeles, USA

Dr. Ruth Lukabyo, Sydney, Australia

Rev. Dr. Nathan Chiroma, Nairobi, Kenya

Rev. Dr. Christian Noval, Copenhagen, Denmark (chair)

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