Ecclesiology and Ethnography: Canada

A wide-ranging conference drawing together academics, students, and practitioners in a beautiful setting in Winnipeg, Canada.


June 12, 2019


June 14, 2019


St John’s College, University of Manitoba, 92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg MB   View map

New – Plenary Presentation by Professor Pete Ward

Durham University UK. Author, co-author, editor of numerous books including Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, and Liquid Ecclesiology

Call for Papers

Scholars across the qualitative social sciences and humanities, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the second Canadian conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography. We welcome papers that explore the dynamic relationship between the theological and the lived in ecclesiology by means of qualitative methodologies – that is ethnography broadly understood.

This conference seeks to draw together academics, students, and practitioners who are, or are interested in, working with theological approaches to qualitative research, or qualitative research in conversation with theology, concerning the Church and/or churchly practice (ministry – youth, emerging adult, etc, new forms of church, liturgics, congregational music, congregational studies, lived theology, lived religion, and more). It is a wide-ranging conference allowing for a diversity of projects and papers broadly connected to ecclesiology and ethnography.

Our aim is to be a generative space that encourages research, engaged with the Church and a quality place for, scholars, graduate students (postgraduates), upper level undergraduates, professors and instructors, and ministerial practitioners to present research and work in progress. Discussions and research will be generously shared among participants and questions and responses to papers are for the benefit of learning and moving forward work presented.

We invite submissions for three different types of paper presentations:

  • 10 minute ‘workshop’ track (ideal for students or practitioners to gain feedback on early stage work and research proposals)
  • 20 minute conference papers (standard conference presentation)
  • 45 minute panels/roundtables (available only if sufficient interest for )

We encourage single and multi-authored papers.

Presenters should stay within the allotted time to allow for questions, feedback and discussion and to allow time for the presenters that follow.


Submission Guidelines

Deadline for submissions:

Submissions must be received by Friday March 29, 2019.

Submission Process

Submit a proposal that includes all of the following:

  • top of page header stating clearly the ‘category’ of your proposal:
    • 10 minute workshop
    • 20 minute conference paper
    • 45 minute panel/roundtable
  • title of presentation
  • an abstract of 250 words that outlines and describes the research and paper
  • requests for audio-visual equipment – A/V equipment will be available only if it is requested in the proposal
  • contact information including:
    • presenter’s first and last name
    • Institution and department or professional affiliation
    • email address

All proposals must be submitted in PDF form to:


The contact author of a submitted proposal will be notified of acceptance by April 5, 2019.


If you have any questions please contact organizers through the conference email:

John Berard (PhD Cand. Durham University)
Michael Glowasky (PhD Durham University, Booth University College)
Rev. Helen Kennedy (CMU graduate student, Parish Priest)
Dr Chris Trott (PhD, Warden/Vice-Chancellor St John’s College)

Click here to download a pdf of the conference information.