Welcome to the website for the International Conference on Baptist Studies (ICOBS). ICOBS is a triennial conference dedicated to the study of Baptist history and thought. Scholars from all over the world have been participating in ICOBS since our first conference at Oxford University in 1997. Our next ICOBS will be held at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina, USA on July 21-24, 2021. The theme for that conference will be “Baptists and Gender.”

ICOBS IX:  Paper Topics

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.

Short Papers

We would welcome submissions for short papers to last no more than 25 minutes in delivery. They should relate in some way to the theme of “Baptists and Gender.” The proposed title and topic should be submitted via e-mail to Professor D. W. Bebbington, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Stirling. Although publication cannot be guaranteed, we intend that a volume containing some of the papers will again be published after this ninth conference.

Image of Abingdon Baptist Church, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK

Image of Abingdon Baptist Church, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK