About the conference

Societas Homiletica looks at resonance and its many aspects to understand the subtle dynamics between preachers, the biblical text, the discourse of the sermon, and the life-world and existence of listeners. The conference studies resonance as an interrelationship of mystery, materiality and mutuality. We study questions like: Is preaching a transcendent event, and if so, what does the uncontrollability of preaching mean for the roles of preachers and listeners? How does the mystery of preaching interact with embodiment and materiality in the practices of preaching? If resonance points to the uncontrollability and materiality in preaching, what can be said about intersubjectivity, the coming together of preacher and listeners in all their diversity and variety?

We welcome the members of Societas Homiletica and those who teach and research preaching in Groningen from 7-11 June to join us for the 16th International Conference of Societas Homiletica, to join us to reflect on preaching that resonates.

Keynote Speakers

  • Hartmut Rosa
    Professor of Sociology and Social Theory

Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany and Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt. He also is an Affiliated Professor at the Department of Sociology, New School for Social Research, New York. In 1997, he received his PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-University in Berlin. After that, he held teaching positions at the universities of Mannheim, Jena, Augsburg and Essen and served as Vice-President and General Secretary for Research Committee 35 (COCTA) of ISA and as one of the directors of the Annual International Conference on Philosophy and the Social Sciences in Prague. In 2016, he was a visiting professor at the FMSH/EHESS in Paris. He is editor of the international journal Time and Society. His publications focus on Social Acceleration, Resonance and the Temporal Structures of Modernity as well as the Political Theory of Communitarianism.

Photo Hartmut Rosa by Jürgen Bauer

  • HyeRan Kim-Cragg
    Principal and Professor of Preaching

HyeRan Kim-Cragg is Principal and Professor of Preaching at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada. Emmanuel College is her Alma Mater where she received her ThD in Practical Theology in 2006. After that, she taught in Hanshin University, Korea for three years. In 2009, she held the faculty position at St. Andrew’s College, as Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies until she was appointed as the Inaugural Professor of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Preaching in 2019. She was appointed as the first racialized principal in Emmanuel’s history in 2022. She is on the executive committee and serves as a co-convenor of the workgroup, “Preaching, Environment, and Climate Crisis” in the Academy of Homiletics. She is on the editorial board on the journals, Homiletic and The International Journal of Homiletics (IJH). His publications focus on postcolonial approaches to preaching (Postcolonial Preaching, 2021) and practical theology (Interdependence: A Postcolonial Feminist Practical Theology, 2018). Her current research is on climate crisis and homiletics.

  • Ezekiel Ajibade
    Head of the Department of Practical Theology

Ezekiel Ajibade holds a Ph.D. in Christian Preaching and teaches at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. He is the Director of Networking and Partnerships and the Head of the Department of Practical Theology. He has held adjunct teaching positions at the Baptist College of Theology, Oyo, Methodist Theological Institute, Shagamu, and currently does so at the Asian Graduate School of Theology, Manila, Philippines. He was a Visiting Scholar at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a Stephen Olford Fellow of Expository Preaching in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. He is a member of the editorial board of the African Christian Theology Journal and the E-Journal of Religious and Theological Studies (ERATS). He is the current President of the African Homiletics Society and the Regional Director of the International Orality Network Africa. His research has been focused on preaching, orality, culture, and contextualisation, and his most recent book is Expository Preaching in Africa, Engaging Orality for Effective Proclamation.


Online mini conference 

Those who cannot possibly attend have the option to experience some parts of the conference online. It is also possible to present a paper online, on Monday or Tuesday from 1:30 PM CET. Please indicate when submitting your abstract if you can only present online. There will be time for six to eight online presentations. 

Call for papers 

We welcome contributions (papers or panels) that address the overarching topic of 'preaching that resonates', preferably concentrating upon one of the interrelated aspects of mystery, materiality and mutuality as aspects of preaching that resonates. 

Paper proposal 

Paper proposals can be submitted by sending in a 200-300 words abstract. Indicate which aspect of resonance you would like to contribute to. Resonance as overarching topic, or one of the aspects of resonance that we identified: mystery, materiality or mutuality. We are open to receive general research papers, especially by PhD students. Please indicate if your contribution is of general interest instead of directly addressing the conference theme.  

Panel ideas

Panel ideas consist of brief descriptions (400-500 words) of a coherent set of contributions by multiple (3 or 4) presenters. Increasingly research in practical theology and homiletics is done in research groups or international research collaboration. If you collaborate with colleagues on a homiletical project or are in the process of starting a project, a panel would be good opportunity for a creative exchange. Panels can be about any homiletical topic, but panel ideas that address the conference topic are prioritized.  

Deadline for submissions is December 18, 2023


You can now register for the conference. Registration encomprises payment of the conference fee. You can ask for an online receipt if you need to reclaim the fee from your institution.

Choose your order here and fill in the corresponding form. Check the list if yours is a high-income country or a middle- or low-income country.


After 1 March 2024 

Full tickets

  • Non-members:
    • High income country: € 545
    • Middle or low income country: € 330
  • Members (or associate members):
    • High income country: € 515
    • Middle or low income country: € 305

Other tickets

  • Day ticket (available for Saturday, Monday and Tuesday)*: € 110
  • Online ticket**: € 60 
  • Conference dinner high income country: € 60
  • Conference dinner middle or low income country: € 40

* Tickets for the Keynote on Friday will become available later.
** Online tickets include: one keynote on Saturday (14.30 CET) / one keynote on Monday (9.00 CET), two paper sessions on Monday and Tuesday (13.30 - 15.30 CET).

Societas Homiletica

The Societas Homiletica is an academic and international society for teachers and researchers of preaching and homiletics. Its main activity is a biannual international conference and the publication of its proceedings. Need help registering, or have questions? Please feel free to contact kenniscentrum.voor.theologie@pthu.nl.


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