Since 1997, an international and multi-denominational group of scholars interested in Baptist history and thought have been gathering for a major conference every three years. Following six previous International Conferences on Baptist Studies (ICOBS) in both North America and Europe, including one hosted by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012, the seventh ICOBS will gather next summer at Luther King House in Manchester, England, which is the home of the Northern Baptist Learning Community. The conference will be held July 15-18, 2015.
Past conferences have taken the history of the Baptists throughout the world as their subject matter, and participation has been open to all, both as speakers and attenders. The theme for next year’s ICOBS is “Baptists and Revival.” A number of Baptist scholars from many different nations and denominational traditions will be delivering plenary addresses based upon the theme. Professors, graduate students, and others are invited to propose short papers of up to 25 minutes related to the conference.
ICOBS has produced significant scholarly contributions to the field of Baptist Studies. Papers from most of the previous conferences have been published as books in the series Studies in Baptist History and Thought with Paternoster Press (UK) and Wipf & Stock (USA). Those books include the following titles:
- David Bebbington, ed., The Gospel in the World: International Baptist Studies (2002)
- Ian M. Randall, Toivo Pilli, and Anthony R. Cross, eds., Baptist Identities: International Studies from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries (2006)
- Ian M. Randall and Anthony R. Cross, eds., Baptists and Mission: Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Baptist Studies (2008)
- David Bebbington and Martin Sutherland, eds., Interfaces: Baptists and Others: International Baptist Studies (2009)
In addition to the aforementioned books, a forthcoming volume, edited by Doug Weaver of Baylor University, is due to be published in early 2015. That book will include papers from the 2012 ICOBS that met at Southeastern.
For more information about ICOBS 2015, check out the general announcement on my personal website. If you are interested in Baptist Studies (or, for that matter, the history of revival), I hope you will consider attending this important conference. If you have any questions about ICOBS, please feel free to email me.