IAMS Assembly 2020

Powers, Inequalities, and Vulnerabilities:
Mission in a Wounded World
Sydney, Australia
July 9-14, 2020


The International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS) will convene for its 15th Assembly in Sydney, Australia, from July 9 to July 14, 2020. Occurring for the first time in Oceania, the IAMS Assembly will be hosted by the Australian Association for Mission Studies, and the meeting will take place at Morling College in greater Sydney.

In determining the chosen theme, “Powers, Inequalities, and Vulnerabilities: Mission in a Wounded World,” the Executive Committee of IAMS is seeking to name and explore our perception that missionary activity is now and has always been undertaken in a world constituted by wounds in many forms. We want to consider this mission—past, present, and future—mindful of the wounds the world and its peoples face, wounds to which Christian mission has sought to respond and which it has at times helped create. To that end, we would like our assembly to consider Christian mission as addressing powers, inequalities, and vulnerabilities from a variety of perspectives across the spectrum of mission studies.

Call for Papers – IAMS Sydney 2020

At the 15th Assembly of IAMS, we want to offer new perspectives on Christian mission as mission in the context of a wounded world. Pressing global and regional concerns reflect such wounds, including those linked to the forced dislocations of populations, discrimination toward migrants, increasing economic inequality, rising nationalisms, and climate change. New perspectives on such issues linked to mission and reflective of a world shaped by power, inequality, and vulnerability might draw from theological or from any other disciplinary perspectives, mindful of the broad nature of mission studies today.

IAMS-2020: Study Groups and Thematic Panels

The academic procedure for the 2020 Sydney Assembly includes Plenary Sessions, Study Group sessions, and Thematic Panels.

Many papers will appear within the framework of the work of IAMS’ nine ongoing Study Groups:

  • BISAM: Biblical Studies and Mission
  • Children, Youth, and Mission
  • Christian Communities and Mission
  • DABOH: Documentation, Archives, Bibliography and Oral History
  • Gender and Mission
  • Interreligious Studies and Mission
  • Pentecostal/Charismatic Expressions in World Christianity
  • Religious Freedom
  • Theology of Mission

Hoping to cover other areas of mission studies and to encourage scholarly innovation, we also invite proposals for what we are calling Thematic Panels. These would be the fruit of organized efforts to assemble at least three papers around a theme not easily circumscribable within the existing Study Groups. These papers would be presented as a group, with at least one person serving as convener of the Thematic Panel.

The organization of the panels will be done in dialogue between the conveners and the Academic Committee of IAMS. All proposals with abstracts will be reviewed by the IAMS Academic Committee that will finalize the Sydney program in early 2020.

  • Proposals for Thematic Panels are due by 30 September 2019.
  • Paper proposals of 250 words, whether for Study Groups or Thematic Panels, are due by 30 November 2019.
  • Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their papers in January 2020.
  • Draft papers of 2000 words are due 31 May 2020.
  • Registration will open in February 2020.

Panel and paper proposals should be sent to: conferencepapers2020@missionstudies.org.

For general questions regarding the conference: conferencesecretary2020@missionstudies.org.