Call for Papers – CEEAMS Annual Conference 18-21 February 2020

Feeling Alive. Mission and Young People in Central and Eastern Europe, is the theme for the upcoming Annual Conference of The Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies for theologians, missiologists, reflective practitioners and other professionals, to be held between 18-21 February 2020 at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia.

Labels such as Generation Y, the NetGeneration, Generation Next, Generation We, the Lost Generation, the Digital Generation are but some used for people who were born in a time slot between the early eighties and the late nineties. There is remarkable research going on this generation even in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

The next label used for the cohort of people born from the mid-nineties on is Generation Z. A generation about which not much has been researched and written in CEE, yet this is the generation targeted by ideologies of different governmental and non-governmental organizations. It is also the generation most exposed to the consequences of changes in education and world politics. The Generation Z plays an important role when it comes to Christian missionary activities, missionary self-awareness, mission organizations and programs as well as theological education in Central and Eastern Europe. Generation Z is both agent and target of missionary enterprises. Nevertheless, the knowledge about who Generation Z is and what their role, vision, way of thinking and feeling, and way of practicing Christianity are remains an undiscovered area of missiological-theological research and reflection.

The annual CEEAMS conference calls for paper and/or panel proposals which seek to contribute to research, reflection and discourses on the simple question: “How do Christian communities relate to young people in their midst and in society and how do young people relate to CEE societies and (their) Christian communities?”

The conference seeks to set the relationship of young people and Christian beliefs and practices on the agenda of missiological reflection in CEE.

The title of the conference “Feeling alive” points to the vitality, the potential, and the braveness in facing up to life´s challenges with regard to young people and their relationship with Christian communities/churches. “Feeling alive” is also about intensity and unpredictability which again are catch words of the Generation Z. “Feeling alive” is also an invitation to scrutinize the generational dynamics within Christian communities/churches in the region.

We stimulate the developments of ideas, research and inquiry in the following areas:

  • What are the aspects of the context in different parts of Central and Eastern Europe which set the stage for talking about young people?
  • In numerous countries in CEE there is a large number of young people whose parents have been working and/or are working as labour migrants in other countries: what issues can be identified when researching, reflecting on or working with this phenomenon?
  • To what extent do other migration processes affect young people´s faith practices in CEE (second generation, young people living and working abroad)?
  • How do poverty, neo-liberal aspirations for wealth and other ideologies shape self-understanding of young people?
  • What are the characteristics of inter-generational relationships?
  • What is known about young people´s church attendance in the region?
  • What is the role of social media and other digital communications in the life of young people and the capacity of building up interpersonal relationships and communities?
  • What kind of God-image do young people in CEE have?
  • What is the relationship between new forms of being church, new forms of practicing Christianity and young people in CEE?
  • What kind of youth ministries are there (college, university ministry, ethnic ministry)? How do they relate to Gospel and culture?
  • What kind of ethical questions arise from ministering among young people?
  • What is the relationship between state-ideologies and Christian communities when it comes to targeting young people in CEE?
  • What is the relationship between characteristics of young people in CEE and in other parts of the world?
  • What kind of missiological-theological questions arise from best-practices or failed practices with youth involvement?

We encourage:

  • reflective practitioners involved in youth ministry to present case-studies,
  • theologians and mission studies scholars to present their research
  • PhD and master students researching youth to submit proposals
  • teams and projects to present their programs and activities in the form of a semi-academic workshop

To submit a paper or panel proposal, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to ceeams@gmail.com by 30th of November 2019. Abstracts should provide a brief description of the work, clearly outlining the theoretical perspectives and methodology to be applied in the paper.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 8th of December, 2019.

Selected papers may be elected for publication in ACTA MISSIOLOGIAE, the journal of the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies.

Conference papers should be restricted to 20 minutes of presentation time.

Dates of the conference:

Arrivals: Tuesday 18th February 2020, conference starts with supper. Departures: Friday 21rd February 2020, conference ends with breakfast.

Practical information:

Conference Venue:

Evangelical Theological Seminary
Cvjetkova 32, PO Box 370, Osijek, Croatia, HR-31103
Tel: 385-31-494-200 // Fax: 385-31-494-201 // Email: info@evtos.hr

Language of the conference: English.

Registration: Information will be available soon.

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