Ecclesiology and Ethnography: Canada

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


June 6, 2018 - 12:00 pm


June 8, 2018 - 12:00 pm


Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg MB   View map

Call for Papers

Scholars across the qualitative social sciences and humanities, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural 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. Learning and research will be generously shared among participants and questions and responses to papers are for the benefit of discussion and work presented.

We invite submissions for three different types of paper presentations:

  • 10 minute ‘workshop’ track
  • 20 minute conference papers
  • 45 minute panels / roundtables

We encourage single and multi-authored papers. All papers are to be circulated prior to the event to enhance conference conversations and interaction. Presenters must stay within the allotted time to allow for questions, responses, and the following presenters.

Note: we are applying for conference funding which may become available to conference presenters to help defray travel expenses.


Submission Guidelines


Deadline for submissions

Submissions must be received by Friday March 2nd, 2018



Submit a proposal that includes:

  • title of presentation / or roundtable
two (2) abstracts – one 250 words and the second of 150 words (this is a requirement of the funding application)
requests for audio-visual equipment (A/V equipment will be available only if it is requested in the proposal)
  • contact information including presenter’s name and Institution or professional affiliation

All proposals should be submitted to the appropriate category using the online submission forms:
10 minute ‘workshop’ track:
– use this online submission form
20 minute conference papers:
– use this online submission form
45 minute panels / roundtables:
– use this online submission form

self organized paper session: to submit your group of 3 -20 minute papers
– use this online submission form



The contact author of a submitted proposal will be notified of acceptance by February 1, 2018


Paper submission date

Papers are to be submitted for distribution by May 23, 2018



If you have any questions please contact the organizing group through this email:


Organizing group

John Berard (PhD Cand. Durham University)

Irma Fast Dueck (PhD, Assoc. Prof of Practical Theology CMU)

Jonathan Dueck (PhD, Academic Dean; Assoc. Prof of Ethnomusicology CMU)

Andrew Dyck (PhD, Asst. Prof of Ministry Studies CMU)

Peter Epp (MA, Instructor of Practicum CMU)

Rodney Reynar (PhD, Instructor in Social Sciences CMU)


For a PDF of this information, click here: E&E CFP WPG Conference