Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR)

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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 roundtable meetings, hosted at Christ Church, 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

Christ Church, Oxford, England, provides a stable community for the BSIR to return and engage with Baptist scholars in the United Kingdom and globally, while tours of Regent's Park College and Angus Library and Archive forge a unique connection to historical Baptist presence in England. Annual gatherings for worship, fellowship, and paper presentation take place during the summer 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. João Chaves currently direct the BSIR from its administrative hub, Baylor University Graduate School, Waco, Texas.

Leadership Current Scholars Past Roundtables Distinguished Fellows Membership  

The 2022 Baptist International Scholars Roundtable will take place August, 7-10, 2022.

The Baptist Scholars International Roundtable (BSIR) invites proposals for its 16th annual roundtable meeting, to be convened at Christ Church, University of Oxford, August 7-10, 2022. This year’s conference theme is "Baptists and Higher Education." We encourage scholars from a broad array of disciplines to consider how Baptists around the world have engaged in higher education practices—from institutional, denominational, and personal contexts and perspectives. The institutions in view might be Baptist theological colleges or seminaries, Baptist higher-education colleges or universities, or Baptist colleges affiliated to (or part of) public universities. We are particularly interested in approaches concerned with the present and future shape of Baptist higher education in light of global dynamics and current demographic shifts.

At the 2022 Roundtable, we will gather Scholars (see the 2020-2021 Scholars here) and Fellows from a broad array of disciplines to consider how Baptist perspectives on higher education inform and shape the life of the academy and the life of the church. Our Distinguished Fellow provides important context for our study. Each year, BSIR accepts seven papers from international scholars for discussion at the Roundtable. 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. BSIR offers publication opportunities in journals or edited volumes.

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.

The Call for Papers is closed for 2022. Be sure to watch here for the 2023 Announcement coming this October.

View the full 2022 BSIR Roundtable Call for Papers here.


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