MISSION ONLINE-OFFLINE: Divergence, Ambivalence, and Renewal

CALL FOR PAPERS – CEEAMS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 22-25 FEBRUARY 2022.

The 2022 CEEAMS annual conference invites theologians, missiologists, reflective practitioners, and other professionals to engage in conversation about how the increasingly digitalising world affects Christian mission in all its aspects. Throughout the history of Christian mission, often innovative means of communication were capitalized upon, resulting in benefits but also shadow-sides as unintended consequences. For example, technology has encouraged networking, fostered connection, and nurtured creativity while at the same time creating information silos, fanning hate speech, and neglecting the corporeality of being human.

The rise of the Internet, the emergence of various sorts of practices related to it, and the digitalisation of human interactions in their different environmental settings call Christian leaders, educators, missionaries, ministers, and priests to explicitly address the manifold issues of human existence in this online-offline tension. There is a creative and destructive tension in how online habits interact with offline existence in the formation of Christian identities. Increasing digitalization, the internet’s influence on identity formation and creating parallel and/or conflicting worlds, and the ways in which social media translates into every-day practices generate this call for theological-missiological scrutiny and discernment through generational, denominational and regional lines.

Therefore, the Conference invites presentations which seek to address the various aspects of mission´s online-offline entanglement. Proposals might explore aspects of mission online-offline in line with but not limited to the following questions:

  • What could be the components of a responsible and contextual theology of mission in an increasingly digitalised age in Central and Eastern Europe?
  • How do particular contexts understand and practice mission online-offline?
  • What are the implications for community formation? Online religion versus offline religion? What are the implications for Christian identities?
  • What are the transnational and global implications of mission online-offline?
  • How do migration and diaspora shape Christian witness in this part of the world?
  • How do mission organisations and churches act as local and global stakeholders in working for the shalom (peace) of the inhabited world? The challenge of cyberspace and opportunities for mission.
  • What are the best practices in mission in combating polarization, violence and discrimination fuelled online?
  • What is the relationship between constricting images about the other and the daily coexistence among different faith-traditions and ethnicities in the region?
  • What are the lessons learned so far from the online-fatigue of the pandemic?
  • What are the implications of the digital age for Christian liturgy and rituals? E.g., online religious pilgrimages, new possibilities for religious experience?
  • What does it mean to be created in the image of God in the age of AI? Are there any borderlines to human creativity?
  • What does the digital age do with theological formation/education at all levels of the society?
  • Who are the marginalized of the digital age and what happens with their identity? E.g., online-offline injustice and dehumanization.

Abstracts and procedure

To submit a paper proposal, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to ceeams@ceeams.org by 15th of November with the subject heading: CA2022 / [your name].

Abstracts should provide a brief description of the work, clearly outlining the theoretical perspectives and methodology to be applied in the paper, as set out in the Guidelines for Abstracts.

NOTIFICATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE WILL BE SENT BY the 15th  OF DECEMBER, 2021.

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

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

Dates of the Conference

The conference starts on Tuesday evening, the 22nd of February 2022 and ends on Thursday evening, the 24th of February 2022. Departures on the 25th.

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

Registration fees

Non-Refundable Registration fee: EUR 40

Non-Refundable Registration fee for early birds: EUR 25, deadline 15th January 2022.

Payment through the CEEAMS PAYPAL donation option:

Do not forget to add the name of the participant for whom you are paying.

Scholarships

Participants, especially those whose abstract will be accepted, and who register for the entire conference, as well as students, may apply for partial coverage of the registration fee, upon the condition that they do not get a reimbursement through their institution.

Only in exceptional cases full scholarships for registration fees are available.

Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have: info@ceeams.org

Registration

Registration deadline: 15th February 2022

Please register as soon as possible using the following form:

Guidelines for Abstracts

A conference abstract is a short text which comprises the contents of your proposed paper. The abstract must contain the following parts: title of the proposed paper, the research question, the context of the research question, the method and theories through which you intend to answer your research question. The relevance of the research question for mission studies and mission praxis in Central and Eastern Europe. In case you already have a completed paper, the abstract should point to the findings of the research as well.

For more help in writing a good abstract you may consult e.g. https://www.uaces.org/resources/articles/how-write-good-abstract-conference-paper