Mennonite Graduate Student Conference VII: Power in Perspective(s)

The theme of this, the seventh Mennonite Graduate Student Conference initiated by the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, reflects ongoing and renewed attention to the topic of power in the work of current Anabaptist-Mennonite scholars.

The primary purpose of the conference is to provide Mennonite graduate students an opportunity to present their academic research with other graduate students in an interdisciplinary context and interact with each other as colleagues. Participation of students from a wide variety of disciplines on the specific topic of power is encouraged. TMTC expects to make travel bursaries available to presenters.

Possible paper topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Biblical understandings of power (e.g. toqeph, dunamis, exousia, Paul’s reference to the “principalities and powers”)
  • Power in Anabaptist-Mennonite history (e.g. abuses of power, processes to discern equal sharing of power, wealth and power)
  • Power and discipleship/ecclesiology; exploring how power functions and/or ought to function in the relationships of believers in the   community of faith with regard to power
  • Michael Foucault’s poststructuralist theory of disciplinary and productive effects of power in relation to Mennonite theology
  • Exploring the need for a Mennonite theology of power by engaging theologies of power such as those put forward by Dorothee Soelle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, liberation theologies, feminist theories of power in relation, black theologies/the black power movement, colonialism/post-colonial theory & theologies etc.
  •  God’s power as depicted in Mennonite hymnody
  • The importance of balanced relationships of power for international development
  • Power in the perspectives of Mennonite approaches to peace and conflict transformation studies 
  • Etc.

Possible disciplines: theology, biblical studies, ethics, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, diaspora studies, history, literature, musicology, international development studies, peace and conflict transformation studies, etc.

The conference will take place June 2 to June 4, 2016 at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. For further details, see

 *Please send paper proposals, including a title, of maximum 300 words to by January 15, 2016. To maintain anonymity, please do not include your name and affiliation in your paper proposal – only in your email message.

Call for Papers

Conference or Publication
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
Proposal Deadline
Friday, January 15, 2016
Posted by Kimberly Penner
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
Posted on 20 Jul 2015 - 11:27am