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ANZATS Conference 2013

The details for the annual meeting of ANZATS in late June-July is now out, including the call for papers.

ANZATS Conference 2013

Christians in Communities – Christians as Communities
Call for Papers

The Annual Conference of the
Australian & New Zealand Association of Theological Schools will be held at
Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand
29 June to 2 July 2013.

The Conference will incorporate the annual gatherings of
Proposals for papers in all fields of theological study are invited.
(See attached guide)
Titles and Abstracts may be sent to: no later than 31 March 2013.
Proposals will be accepted progressively

Professor Nancy T. Ammerman
Dr. Ammerman is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. In Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and their Partners (University of California Press, 2005), she describes the common patterns that shape the work of Americans’ diverse communities of faith. Prof. Ammerman is currently engaged in research exploring how religious belief and action are present in the stories people tell about their everyday lives.
Fr Justin Taylor SM
Now based in Rome Fr Taylor is a New Zealander who was Professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem. He is author of The Origins of Christianity (1998) and Where did Christianity Come From? (2001).
More details – including guidelines for paper submissions can be found in the PDF below.
The 2013 ANZATS Conference coincides and will coordinate with the conference
“Theology, Disability, and the People of God” 1-3 July 2013 at Carey Baptist College in Auckland.
Speakers include Amos Yong (Regent) and John Swinton (Aberdeen)


  1. steph

    This is shameful. Does New Zealand not have an academic conference for theologians?

  2. Comment by post author


    It has several, Steph.

    Each year the various biblical studies (ANZABS), systematic theology (STAANZ), practical/pastoral theology (PPTNZ); and religious history associations have their own conferences at various locations around the country (as well as various thematic conference and symposia through the year).

    In 2013 though NZATS is hosting the ANZATS conference and is incorporating some of those annual conference into it – in the same way that they were incorporated into the ANZATS meeting held in Auckland as part of the SBL International Meeting here in 2008.

    Mostly ANZATS is held in Australia (Adelaide in 2009; Melbourne in 2010; Sydney in 2011; and Brisbane last year).

    You can see some of the papers etc. from last year’s ANZABS and STAANZ conference here:

  3. steph

    There is the Antipodean BCT conference organised by Roland Boer but that is about the only truly academic conference. There is a problem when biblical studies is unequally shackled with confessional and non-academic groups and approaches. I’m hoping the ANZABS hasn’t been similarly hijacked, as now that I have returned to New Zealand the European conferences aren’t so accessible.

  4. Hi! Hey do you know what the story is with accommodation? Is it at Laidlaw? Or fend for ourselves? Do we have any other specific details yet in terms of start time etc.? Thanks!! 🙂

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    There is some accommodation at Laidlaw, I believe. You’d need to contact them (I’d suggest contacting Fiona Sherwin directly –

  6. Linards Jansons

    Hi there, what time does the conference finish on the Tuesday?

  7. Will check when back in Auckland. Or contact Fiona – details in reply to Gillian above.

  8. The schedule looks like it will run through to mid-afternoon (4pm?)

  9. Jocelyn Pettigrew

    The organisation of this conference is hopeless. The conference organisers don’t respond to emails for months, we still haven’t got a conference schedule even though there are less than two weeks until the conference. Time to pull finger.

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