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GloPent Conference 2011

What Conference
When 2011-05-20 09:30 to
2011-05-21 17:00
Where Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Contact Name Bo Temneus
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Contact Phone +46-18-130065
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The sixth international and multidisciplinary conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) will be held at Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden, on May 20-22, 2011 under the title “Pentecostalism and the Family”. We invite your contributions to the conference workshops under the theme "Pentecostalism and the Family".

Conference Theme

"Pentecostalism and the Family" is a topic that is prominent in Pentecostal theology and practice, but it arguably has not been addressed sufficiently by academic research about the movement. On the one hand, the theme targets issues of Pentecostal ethics. What is the relationship of Pentecostal family values to other social roles and ideals, such as machismo in Latin-America? How has the surge of HIV/AIDS in Africa influenced Pentecostal views on sexuality, illness, discrimination, and preventative care? What are the theological, historical, and social factors behind Pentecostal protests against same-sex marriage?

On the other hand Pentecostal family ideals structure churches and theologies. What part does the family play in the organization and activities of a Pentecostal church? Is there a specifically Pentecostal theology of marriage and parenting? How do Pentecostal organizations reflect gender roles and ideals?

These and other questions will be raised in the conference plenaries and workshops.

The study of Pentecostalism unites diverse fields such as geography, sociology, anthropology, theology, and history. Through its annual conferences the Glopent network aims to cross-fertilize and consolidate insights from these various disciplines.


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20 May 2011 (Friday)

09.00-11.30 Registration & coffee/tea

11.30-12.30 Plenary session (1):

Kajsa Ahlstrand (Uppsala University): The Family in Contemporary Ecumenical Debate.


12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.00 Workshops

Pentecostalism and Gender (I). Chair: Michael Bergunder
14.00 Kristina Helgesson Kjellin – “The Servanthood of Men: The South African Pentecostal Congregation as an Arena for Challenging Masculinity Ideals.”
14.30 Marcia Clarke – “Women of the Spirit: A study of African-Caribbean Pentecostal spirituality”


15.30-16.30 Plenary session (2):

Rijk van Dijk (University of Leiden): Pentecostal Reformulations of Marital Relations in Botswana; Processes of Responsibilization and Emotionalization in Times of AIDS.


16.30-17.00 Coffee

17.00-18.30 Workshops

Pentecostalism and Gender (II) Chair: Sven-Erik Brodd

17.00 Leonardo Marcondes Alves – “Pomba-Giras and Created Queer by God: Neo-Pentecostal Perspectives on Homosexuality in Brazil”
17.30 Torsten Löfstedt – “Gender Roles among Russian and Belarusian Pentecostals”
18.00 Anne Kubai – Being a “fulfilling woman, minister and mother”. Gender relations in African migrant churches in Sweden.

General Studies of Pentecostalism (I) Chair: Jean-Daniel Plüss.

17.00 Elijah Obinna – “Sickness and Healing within a Nigerian Church”
17.30 Frederick Longino – “Contextualizing African Pentecostal Values, Beliefs and Practices”
18.00 Kuye Ndondo wa Mulemera Jean-Luc – “La formation théologique et les charismes dans l'Église du Christ au Congo.”

19.00 Dinner (separate registration)


21 May 2011 (Saturday)

09.30-10.30 Plenary session (3):

Amos Yong (Regent University, VA, USA): Children of the Promise (Acts 2:39): Toward a Pentecostal Theology of the Family.

10.30-11.00 Coffee


11.00-12.30 Workshops

Pentecostalism and the Family (I) Chair: Jan-Åke Alvarsson
11.00 Hans Geir Aasmundsen – “Argentinean Pentecostalism as a Basis for the Transformation of the Individual, the Family and Society”
11.30 Mark Cartledge – “Family Socialization, Godly Love and Pentecostal Spirituality”
12.00 Richard Burgess – “Family Networks and Social Engagement”


12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Workshops

Pentecostalism and the Family (II) Chair: Allan Anderson
14.00 Evangelos Karagiannis – “More than a Metaphor: A Greek Pentecostal Church as a Family”
14.30 Naar Mfundisi – “From Stigmatization to Practical Intervention”
15.00 Daniel Frei – “Church as a Family - Family as a Church”

15.30-16.30 Plenary session (4):

Peter G. Stromberg (University of Tulsa): A Neo-Weberian Perspective on Ecstasy, Commitment, and Habitus

16.30 Coffee


17.00-18.30 Workshops

General Studies of Pentecostalism (II) Chair: Cornelis van der Laan.

17.00 Hanna Källqvist – Field Studies in Namibia/ “Work in Progress”
17.30 Anita Suneson – Field Studies in India "Work in progress"
18.00 David Hilborn – “Anglican-Pentecostal Dialogue”


19.00 [Optional] Boat cruise on the River Fyris with M/S Linnea

(SEK395, including buffet dinner; we can help you with registration).


Social Activities

There will be a Friday night dinner for the participants. It will be held at Norrlands nation, one of 14 unique "nations" (organizations for students in "exile" from their home counties, most often symbolized by a building). These buildnings are usually not open to the public, so this is a unique opportunity to see one of the most exclusive ones. The three course dinner will cost 310SEK/person including non-alcoholic drinks, wine or beer is extra.

For those who wish to stay until Sunday, there are the following activities:

09.00 Guided visit to the Livets Ord Church, Sunday Morning Service

meeting-point: Uppsala City Main Square. (Translated into English).

10.30 Guided visit to the Uppsala Filadelfia Pentecostal Church, Sunday Morning Service

meeting-point: Uppsala City Main Square. (Translated into English).

11.00 Boat cruise to Skokloster Castle on Lake Mälaren with M/S Kung Carl Gustaf

(SEK200 return ticket, meals or admission to the castle not included; we can help you with registration).

15.30 Guided Walking Tour of Uppsala

meeting-point: Uppsala City Main Square. (No charge. Registration required.)


Registration and Accommodation

Participants are requested to register through Bo Temneus, Uppsala, at

Please see the attached document for a list of recommended accommodations (in central Uppsala).
Every participant will have to arrange for her/his own lodging.

The registration fee (including coffee/tea, Fri/Sat, but no lunches) is €50. It will be paid in cash (€50 or SEK500) upon registration.


Invited Plenary Speakers

Dr. Kajsa Ahlstrand, Professor of World Christianity and Interreligious Studies, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University. Prof. Kajsa Ahlstrand is specialized on Theology of Religion and Interreligious Dialogue. In her research, she has focused on the relation between Tradition and Modernity in the religions, and religion within a postmodern society.


Dr. Rijk van Dijk, main researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden. His research focuses on the rise of Pentecostalism in Africa, in relation to globalization and transnational connections. His current research includes the relationship between Pentecostalism and sexuality. He is editor-in-chief of African Diaspora.


Amos Yong is the author of several books, among them: Discerning The Spirit(s): A Pentecostal-Charismatic Contribution To Christian Theology Of Religions, 2000; The Spirit Poured Out On All Flesh : Pentecostalism And The Possibility Of Global Theology, 2005. Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity, 2007. Hospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor, 2008. In the Days of Caesar: Pentecostalism and Political Theology, 2010


Dr. Peter Stromberg, is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Stromberg received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford in 1981. He published a study of “commitment system” in a Swedish free church in Symbols of Community, 1986 and a study of the Evangelical Christian conversion story in Language and Self-Transformation, 1992. His most recent book is Caught in Play, 2009.


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