American Society of Missiology

2017 Annual Meeting
June 16 – 18
Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Missiology’s Dialogue Partners:
Practitioners and Scholars Conversing about the Future of Mission

The study of Christian mission has been undertaken from numerous perspectives, and increasingly engages disciplines that have long avoided the topic. At the same time, some missionaries and mission administrators also feel distant from academic missiology. This year’s conference will bring together for our plenary sessions scholars and practitioners who, though perhaps not formally missiologists or theologians of mission, consider Christian mission—in practice or theory, past or present—from their particular academic homes or vocational settings. Scholars with similar disciplinary orientations and from within mission studies—that is, within the ASM’s existing guild—will briefly respond.
The goal will be to help reconnoiter the edges of mission studies—often settings where the word “mission” goes unspoken—and to think about implications of those edges for the missionary life of the churches and scholarly approaches to Christian mission.
For a full statement of the conference theme, visit the ASM website.
Registration for the annual meeting will open in January 2017.
Plenary Speakers
Kristin Colberg – Theology Department, St. John’s University
Hunter Farrell – World Mission Initiative, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Naomi Haynes – Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
Paul Kollman – ASM President, Center for Social Concerns & Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Call for Presentations
This year’s conference will consider missiology at the places where it meets other disciplines and the practice of mission, seeking to create conversations among the three plenary speakers and other ASM members about the ways missiology and mission practice interact, and how mission studies ought to relate to academic disciplines that missiologists engage in their work—especially theological and social-scientific fields.
To this end, we invite presentations that consider the relationship of mission practice, missiology, and other scholarly fields. Examples of topics in line with the conference theme might include:

  • Ethnographic analyses of missionary practice that draw upon historical and social-scientific scholarship in pursuit of missiological insight.
  • Studies of Christian churches pursuing missional ecclesial practice that use quantitative or qualitative data to understand Christian practice and self-understanding.
  • Descriptions of personal or communal missionary experience that analyze the role of missiological training—or its absence—in understanding outcomes or consequences;
  • An explanation of a denominational missionary stance that locates the stance within contemporary missiological perspectives.

We also welcome presentations that fit the theme less formally, but which engage mission studies more generally. 
We strongly encourage teams of three to four presenters to collaborate and submit proposals for panel sessions focused around shared themes. As space permits, we also invite proposals for high quality individual papers that are not linked to a formally proposed panel session.
This year, we also invite proposals for colloquium presentations geared toward those seeking focused discussion of and feedback on their work.
For more information about presenting at the ASM panel and colloquium sessions, see the ASM website and the Presentation Guidelines.
Submitting Proposals
To submit a panel or colloquium presentation proposal:
To submit a panel session proposal:
To submit a colloquium session proposal:
The deadline for all panel, paper, and colloquium submissions is January 30, 2017. Confirmation of accepted panel and paper proposals expected by March 3, 2017.
Spanish and Korean-Language Presentations
This year, we invite proposals for presentations in Korean and Spanish. For more information, visit the ASM website and contact Enoch Jinsik Kim ( for Korean presentations or Johnny Ramirez-Johnson ( for Spanish presentations.
올해는 한국어와 스페인어로도 연구 발표를 접수합니다.
Este año, ademas de ingles, también invitamos sometan propuestas para presentaciones en coreano y español.

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