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2009 ISSRC Conference

"Reformed Communities on Calvin's 500th Birthday "
Prague, Czech Republic
July 5-8, 2009

The ISSRC is an association of international scholars from a variety of academic disciplines who are actively engaged in research on the social, cultural, political and institutional life of communities associated with the Reformed tradition worldwide. The ISSRC promotes research on Reformed communities and their members by sponsoring a triennial conference and by helping to publish its proceedings.

John Calvin was born on July 10, 1509. As we gather that same week half a millennium later, we pause to take stock of the state of Reformed communities throughout the world. Empirical and theoretical papers on this theme are welcome from all disciplines and nations. The conference will be conducted in English.

The ISSRC conference is designed to be one continuous conversation. Each paper will be provided to all other participants one month before the conference, to allow each participant to read all of the papers prior to the start of the event. At the conference, we will have only one session scheduled at each time period, so that all participants may join in the same discussion.

This sixth conference will be held at the International Baptist Theological Seminary, where we will stay and hold all meetings. Some tours of Prague that integrate Reformed history in the area will be included in the event schedule.

Initial Topic Proposals for Papers: Due by March 1, 2009
Final Versions of Papers: Due by May 1, 2009
Papers Available to all Participants: By June 1, 2009

Send an abstract of your paper proposal either by regular mail or as an email attachment to: Beau Weston (, Department of Sociology, Centre College, Danville, KY 40422. The abstract should be two to three paragraphs in length indicating: 1) the particular problem(s) or questions which the paper seeks to analyze; 2) why the particular problem(s) or questions are important to examine; 3) how you anticipate trying to address or answer the problems or questions raised, that is, the kind of data to be employed or the type of analysis to be done. Finally, be certain that your full contact information is included on the abstract itself.

For further information about the upcoming 2009 ISSRC Conference, contact:

Beau Weston, Program Chair
Sociology Department, Centre College, USA

Corwin Smidt
Political Science, Calvin College, USA

Hijme Stoffels
Sociology, Vrije University, The Netherlands

George Harinck
History, Theological University, Kampen, The Netherlands

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