International Conference on Baptist Studies (ICOBS)

International Conference on Baptist Studies (ICOBS)

The next ICOBS will meet virtually on July 21–23, 2021. The theme for the conference is “Baptists and Gender.” The host institution is North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina, USA. The cost for the conference will be $50.00 USD. You can register for ICOBS online at the conference website. If you would like more information, please see the Contact Us page and fill out the information.

Conference Theme

Helen Barrett Montgomery (1861-1934)
Helen Barrett Montgomery (1861-1934)

The conference theme of Baptists and Gender can be approached in many ways in the plenary and short papers. The role of Baptist women in church and society, together with the various understandings of their proper sphere held by themselves and by men, is likely to be a frequent topic. Likewise conceptions of masculinity and the ways in which men were expected to behave as men will be addressed. Gender relations in church and society, including in marriage and education, will also loom large.

The field will be explored by means of case studies, some of which will be very specific in time and place while others will cover long periods and more than one country. All will be based on original research. Papers should avoid contemporary polemic, but may well offer historical analysis of issues subject to debate in the twenty-first century.

Papers

The conference will include both main plenary papers and shorter parallel papers based on the theme. Mercer University Press has agreed to publish a volume containing some of the papers from ICOBS IX. The proceedings will be co-edited by Melody Maxwell (Acadia Divinity College) and Laine Scales (Baylor University).