International conference: Preaching That Resonates

7 until 11 June 2024

Societas Homiletica warmly welcomes all scholars of preaching to join us in Groningen in June 2024 to reflect on the topic: "Preaching That Resonates: Tracing Mystery, Materiality and Mutuality in Religious Speech".

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

Keynote speakers at the conference are Hartmut Rosa and Ezekiel Ajibade.

  • 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.  
  • HyeRan Kim-Cragg is Principal and Professor of Preaching at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada.
  • 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. 

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. 

Submitting paper proposals and panel ideas

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. View the conference page for more information.


Ticket sales for this conference will start in November. More information about the conference itself can be found on the conference page.


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