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GloPent World 2020

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Saturday 31st October 2020 (12:00-20:00)
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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

This call for papers invites individual contributions to our parallel panels. We are especially interested in identifying the nature of specific issues that dominate the character of Pentecostalism, including local and global perspectives, theoretical and comparative studies, and fieldwork on particular issues in any discipline. What are the issues that identify Pentecostalism as a global movement? Why are these issues noteworthy? How do we recognize, identify, and interpret these aspects? And finally, what kind of map emerges of the Pentecostal movement as a whole?

You can download the call for papers guidance for your reference.

Submission guidelines 

  • 300-500 words including title, name of presenter, affiliation, email, and if live or pre-recorded.
  • Submit your proposal as attachment to: using the proposal template form for submission.
  • Deadline to submit abstracts: 1 July 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 August 2020


Registration for the conference is now open, please visit our online shop to register and confirm your attendance.

Please note our third fee option is available to delegates residing in low to lower middle income countries. Please consult this list for countries that meet this criteria.

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”

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