NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

     Call for Papers: ?Anabaptist Convictions after Marpeck??an inter-disciplinary conference to be held at Bluffton University, June 26-28, 2009. Proposals are invited for papers that address the emergence and development of Anabaptist convictions in light of the work and life of Pilgram Marpeck and of the Marpeck circle. The conference seeks to strengthen the development of contemporary Anabaptist convictions through a careful analysis of the emergence of historical Anabaptist convictions?especially those found in the Marpeck circle. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the social and historical background of Marpeck and his circle, the religious and political exigencies addressed by the texts of the Marpeck circle, the theological and historical relationships between Marpeckites and other Anabaptist figures and groups, the contemporary discovery and appropriation of Marpeck, the illumination of historical and contemporary Anabaptist theological developments and controversies by the convictions of the Marpeck circle, and comparisons of Marpeckite convictions with those of other historical and contemporary Anabaptist circles. The planning committee welcomes proposals from the standpoint of any academic discipline and solicits both presentations that are primarily descriptive and those that make prescriptive claims. The conference will be held at Bluffton University, where a student center named after Pilgram Marpeck highlights the continuing visual and material impact of a once obscure sixteenth-century radical reformer. The conference is sponsored by Bluffton University, along with the Mennonite Historical Society (M.H.S.), the Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network (A-M.S.N.), the Anabaptist Sociology and Anthropology Association (A.S.A.A.), and the Institute of Mennonite Studies (I.M.S.) of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The A.S.A.A. will contribute additional nonthematic presentations for the conference. The conference planning committee includes the following members, who are also representing the organizations that follow their names: Trevor Bechtel (A-M.S.N.), Gerald Mast (A.S.A.A.), John Rempel, (I.M.S., A.M.B.S.) and John D. Roth (M.H.S.). Paper proposals should be e-mailed to John D. Roth (johndr@goshen.edu) or Trevor Bechtel (bechtelt@bluffton.edu), planning committee co-chairs, or sent by mail to Box 141, Bluffton University, 1 University Drive, Bluffton, OH 45817.

     Conference: ?Germantown ? Gateway to American Mennonite History.? The conference will meet at the historic 1770 Germantown Mennonite meetinghouse in Philadelphia, October 17-18, 2008. Sponsored by the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, and cosponsored by the Mennonite Historical Society, the conference will commemorate the 300th anniversary (1708) of the formal organization of this first Mennonite congregation in America. In the early years, Mennonites arriving in America generally passed through Germantown, which served as a ?gateway,? and moved onward to found new settlements. For further information, contact Leonard Gross, Goshen College, Goshen, IN 46526; tel. 574-533-4057; e-mail: leonardg@goshen.edu.

     Conference: In 2010, Mennonite Central Committee (M.C.C.) will mark ninety years of service in the name of Christ. With this milestone approaching, M.C.C. seeks to gather a wide variety of academics and others to reflect on different dimensions of the questions, ?What is M.C.C.? What has M.C.C. been? What is M.C.C. becoming?? For more information about the conference, contact Alain Epp Weaver, e-mail: eppweaver@uchicago.edu.

     Grants: The Mennonite Historical Society announces an ?Open Research Grant? of $2,000 to promote research and publication in Anabaptist-Mennonite studies. To apply, send the following materials by March 1, 2009 to Leonard Gross, Secretary, Mennonite Historical Society, Goshen College, Goshen, IN 46526: a two- or three-page summary of the project stating its significance to the field of Anabaptist-Mennonite history, a budget of anticipated expenses, a vitae, and one letter of recommendation. All applicants must be members of the Mennonite Historical Society. Recipients of the award will be announced at the May meeting of the M.H.S. Board of Directors. Disbursements will be made by June 1. The Prize Selection Committee may choose not to award the grant if none of the applications is deemed acceptable. The Mennonite Quarterly Review has the ?right of first refusal? for scholarly articles that result from research funded by the grant.

AUTHOR ADDRESSES

     Prof. Paul S. Boyer, 433 Toepfer Ave., Madison, WI 53711. E-mail: psboyer@wisc.edu

     Prof. Andrew H. Crosby, Developmental Sciences, St George?s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, England. SW17 0RE. E-mail: acrosby@sgul.ac.uk

     Prof. Harold E. Cross, Dept. of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, University of Arizona, 655 N. Alvernon Way, Suite 108, Tucson, AZ 85711. E-mail: halcross@halcross.com

     Prof. Katherine Jellison, Dept. of History, University of Ohio, Athens, Ohio, 45701 . E-mail: jellison@ohio.edu

     Prof. Royden Loewen, Dept. of History, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MN, CANADA R3B 2E9. E-mail: r.loewen@uwinnipeg.ca

     Prof. Steven M. Nolt, Dept. of History, Goshen College, Goshen, IN 46526. E-mail: stevemn@goshen.edu

     Prof. Steven D. Reschly, Dept. of History, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri, 63501. E-mail: sdr@truman.edu

     Prof. G. C. Waldrep III, Dept. of English, 7 Bucknell Hall, Bucknell, University, Lewisburg, PA, 17837. E-mail: gc.waldrep@bucknell.edu


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