GloPent World 2020

Saturday 31 October 2020 (11:00-20:00)

Please email Wolfgang Vondey for further information.

First Virtual Global Pentecostal Studies Conference
“Mapping Global Pentecostal Issues”

Organised by The Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, University of Birmingham


Research on Pentecostal movements worldwide has led to an unprecedented rise in the number and diversity of scholars and academic societies. Pentecostalism has raised significant “issues” for religious, sociocultural, political, economic, and ethical debates. Yet, while the majority of Pentecostals are in the global South, these research networks are primarily in the northern hemisphere, often out of reach to scholars in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Recent events worldwide and cancellations of many gatherings have only further accentuated the situation. 

This GloPent World conference, an extension of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism, is the first to bring together scholars and practitioners worldwide for debate, exchange of ideas, presentations, and networking opportunities in a virtual environment. Papers will be given in live presentations and prerecorded sessions to accommodate different time zones.

The theme of the meeting identifies the goal of this gathering: to “map” the most significant issues which identify Pentecostalism worldwide and so to create a representation of the global features of the movement. Because there are different ways of mapping, we invite scholars from all disciplines, whether anthropology or ecology, sociology or theology, pedagogy or psychology, the religious or the secular. We have a global array of keynote speakers - further details can be found below the Call for Papers information.

Call for Papers

The call for papers for this conference is now closed.


We now have the full programme available to access. For attendees there will also be the opportunity to interact with fellow delegates and comment on presentations before during and after the conference via our online discussion platform.

GloPent World 2020 programme

GloPent World 2020 programme (accessibility compliant)

Keynote Speakers

Session 1

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Trinity Theological Seminary Ghana)

“The Lord is the Spirit (II Corinthians 3:17): An African Critique of Global Pentecostal Theologies.”

Session 2

Corneliu Constantineanu (Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad)

“The Spirit Engaging and Transforming Life: Tenets of Romanian Pentecostalism”

Session 3

Daniel Chiquete (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey)

“¿Lugares del espíritu? El pentecostalismo y sus representaciones espaciales en América Latina” (in Spanish)

Session 4

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Fuller Theological Seminary)

“Identities of Global Pentecostalism(s) in the Pluralistic and Secular World: Theological Tasks and Challenges”

 Organizer: Wolfgang Vondey on behalf of