With encouragement from the International Association for Mission Studies (IAMS) NIME is hosting the European meeting 3rd - 6th of April, 2014. The NIME board has selected the Cultural Center Sofia, an orthodox center in Finland, for conference venue. The Sofia center is beautifully located and easily accessible from Helsinki Airport.
The theme for our 2014 conference is ‘Mission in the Context of Inequalities’. The program includes annual regional meetings of the various European missiological societies. We hope to include panels both on teaching missiology and developing courses, on research methodology and publication, mission history, contemporary global Christianity, and mission theology, and we encourage scholars to submit proposals for panels. We invite papers submissions in panels or as individual papers, relating to the conference theme of ‘Mission in the Context of Inequalities’. What we have in mind is not simply the economic dimension of mission let alone fundraising but the more fundamental question of the relation between economic power, development and shifting economies, and Christian mission. Possible themes and questions include, but are not limited to:
- Money, economics, and Christian mission
- Has Christian mission been a friend of the poor or a friend of poverty?
- How do unequal economic abilities affect Christian mission and partnership in mission?
- New economies and reverse mission
- The relationship between the transformation achieved by Christian mission and the goal of economic development
Confirmed plenary speakers of the conference include:
Prof. Jonathan Bonk (OMSC, New Haven, US)
Prof. Felix Wilfred (Trinity College, Dublin, Madras, India)
Prof. Vesa Kanniainen (University of Helsinki)
Prof. Tinyiko Maluleke (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
Prof. Ulrich Duchrow (Heidelberg, Germany)
Prof. Gerrie ter Haar (Hague, Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Magne Supphellen (Bergen, Norway)
Prof. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Pasadena, US)
Dr. Evi Voulgaraki-Pissina (Thessaloniki, Greece)
Prof. Steve Bevans (Chicago, US)
Prof. Jesse Mugambi (Nairobi, Kenya)
Prof. Kirsteen Kim (Leeds, UK)
Thursday the 3rd of April will be organized as a pre-conference doctoral seminar to which it is possible for doctoral students to submit papers not directly related to the conference theme but of more general interest for Mission Studies, World Christianity and similar. These papers can be part of a dissertation or other texts written by a doctoral student which they want professional response to. Senior researchers will be respondents to these papers.
Register for the conference by clicking "registration page" (on the left side of this page) and filling out the information required. Registered participants will be sent an invoice which needs to be paid in order for the registration to be confirmed. (Invoices are sent out manually so do not worry if you don't receive it immediately).
Registration (full conference/4 days)
Students: 90 €
Non-Students: 115 €
Registration (one or two days)
Everybody: 60 €
If you register for less than the full conference, this needs to be mentioned when invoice is paid.
Also, when registering, please mention the dates that you are attending the conference so that we can inform Sofia about the number of meals that needs to be prepared.
Board, Lodging & Conference package
Registration includes conference fee only. Please note that cost for lodging and board is not included. The conference package (meals & the conference venue) is paid directly to Sofia Cultural Center upon arrival.
Conference package for full conference and pre-conference (3-4 days) 157 €
Conference package for separate days:
Friday 52 €
Saturday 52 €
Sunday 38 €
(If you attend for example in Saturday and Sunday, it will cost you 90 €.)
Sofia Cultural Center
Rooms at Sofia costs 60 €/night (double rooms including breakfast). Only double rooms are available.
Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the nights you wish to stay and the name of the conference/or IAMS Europe included in the email. Hotel is preferably paid upon arrival.
70 € per night (including breakfast) in a single room and 35 € per person with a friend in a double room (including breakfast).
Book by emailing: paivi.ramstadiusmissionfi (until 20th of March). Mention your name on it, dates of stay and the type of room (single/double) wanted. Rooms are available from the 3rd of April at 3.00 P.M. They are paid to Rantapuisto Hotel (preferably upon arrival).
Rantapuisto Hotel is situated app. 2, 5 kilometres from Sofia. There will be a small bus collecting people at 8.15 A.M. to Sofia and taking back to Rantapuisto Hotel at 9.00 P.M (app.) in the evening.
If you would like to join in the tour on Sunday, you can pay 10 € in advance to the same account as registration with a note “Helsinki tour”. This tour takes two hours. It starts after the conference from Sofia and takes you to Helsinki city and ends at the airport approx. 17.40 on Sunday.