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The Baptist Scholars International Roundtable

Formerly known as Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy, the BSIR promotes scholarship from Baptist perspectives across the ages and around the globe by facilitating a scholarly forum for exchange of ideas. This community is international, intergenerational, interdisciplinary, and invites a diversity of Baptist affiliations. At the heart of the Roundtable is formation for academic stewardship in which a newer generation is welcomed into an international Baptist Academy and formed to preserve and sustain both academic and faith communities. At annual meetings, hosted at Regents Park College, Oxford England, senior scholars (BSIR Fellows) and a Visiting Fellow engage with the developing ideas of doctoral students, early –career and mid-career faculty (BSIR Scholars) presenting papers selected through a competitive process.

Location and Leadership

Regents Park College, Oxford University, along with its Hosting Fellow, Dr. Paul Fiddes, provide a stable community for the BSIR to return and engage with Baptist scholars in the United Kingdom and globally.  Annual gatherings for worship, fellowship, and paper presentation take place in July and are centralized around a theme. The BSIR publishes its work periodically, see here, and remains connected through a virtual network. Emeritus Director and BSIR Fellow, Dr. Roger Ward of Georgetown College, KY. established and led the program (formerly known as Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy) from July 2004 to July 2018.  Dr. Laine Scales and Dr. Beth Allison Barr currently direct the BSIR from its administrative hub, Baylor University Graduate School, Waco, Texas.

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Call for Papers

The Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR) invites proposals for its 15th annual meeting, to be convened at Regent's Park College in the Universtiy of Oxford, on July 1–4, 2019. This year’s conference theme is the kingdom of God. We encourage scholars from a broad array of disciplines to consider how Baptist perspectives on the kingdom of God inform and shape the life of the academy and the life of the church. Topics may range widely, but might consider themes such as the following:

  • The kingdom of God in the history of Christianity
  • God as King in literary, philosophical, and theological studies
  • God’s reign and culture
  • The kingdom of God in music and the visual arts
  • Political or scientific ethics concerning a world under God’s kingship
  • Social patterns and behaviors associated with kingdom living
  • Poverty, wealth, and the economics of the rule of Christ
  • The relation of the kingdom of God to the Church

We encourage participation by scholars from all career stages, especially junior scholars and doctoral candidates. While papers should pertain to the Baptist expression of Christianity, scholars from all faiths are welcome.

Format: Seven BSIR Scholars are selected to present their original papers of 5000-6000 words. BSIR Fellows offer responses, followed by group discussion. To promote a vibrant conversation, all participants agree to prepare in advance for engagement with each paper. Occasionally, BSIR offers publication opportunities in journals or edited volumes, see here.

Proposals should be submitted at: BSIR 2019 Proposal Submission Form. The submission deadline is January 4th, 2019. Because submissions must be completed in one sitting, applicants are advised to have the following information ready:

  • Name, Affiliation, and Contact Information
  • Paper Title and Abstract (500–750 words)
  • Bio (150 words, including degrees and selected publications)

Proposals will be selected based on quality and clarity of proposal content, relationship of paper to conference theme, and contribution to the Baptist academy. Limited financial assistance will be available in special cases by applying at: BSIR Financial Assistance Application. Scholars are responsible for their travel expenses to Regents Park College and their meals. The BSIR program will cover housing during the conference in a single study room at RPC.