February 24th, 2021 Call for Papers is published. Download as pdf here.
May 1st, 2021 Deadline for proposals
July 1st, 2021 Acceptance notification and feedback will be sent by the academic committee
November 15th, 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 - 9th, 2022 The bi-annual International IASYM Conference is held at Emory University, Atlanta, US
Call for papers for the bi-annual international IASYM conference
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
January 6th - 9th, 2022
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.
In the program there will be space for different kinds of presentations:
Timeline for submissions
May 1st 2021: Deadline for proposals
July 1st 2021: Acceptance notification and feedback will be sent by the academic committee
November 15th 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.
Submission of proposals:
Proposal should be submitted to the academic committee not later than May 1st. Your proposal should include all of the following information:
Please submit your proposal by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)