International Barth Conference

The International Barth Conference, co-hosted by the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University, the School of Humanities at the University of South Africa (UNISA), and the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, will take place on October 21-25 at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The theme of the conference is “Embracing Things Past and Things to Come.” This theme is drawn from Barth’s remark, quoting Calvin in the introduction to his The Theology of Calvin (1922), that we should learn from history “on the simple grounds that we humans are not oxen and asses that know only the present but have a reason that embraces things past and things to come. We have, then, a sense of time.” In this spirit, the conference seeks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Barth’s death with a view to our ambivalent pasts and its resources, as well as to our contemporary challenges, hopes, and fears for the future.

During the conference, the plenary presentations will engage the work of Karl Barth on many fronts and for various purposes: to critically engage the history of Barth reception, to place Barth into conversation with pressing socio-political and cultural issues in the present, and to look forward with a global perspective about the possible future for Barth studies. The conference will also include two parallel sessions, for which a call for papers will be circulated.



Regular consultation fee (Refreshments included): $120 (R1500)

Student fee (Refreshments included): $50 (R600)

Accompanying persons: $50 (R600)

There are a few bursaries (scholarships) available for participants from lower income countries. Please contact Marita Snyman ( for more information.

To register, please download and complete the paper registration form below. After you have completed the form, scan and return the form by email to Marita Snyman at

Please note that the deadline for paper registrations is September 30, 2018.

Download Registration Form Here

Plenary Speakers


Concurrent Speakers


Plenary Speakers

Parallel Speakers


Day 1: Sunday, October 21

17:00-18:30: Registration and welcome

19:00: Evening Service

Day 2: Monday, October 22

Theme: Engaging Barth on Tradition and the Past

9:00-9:15: Opening

9:15-10:45: Plenary 1

10:45-11:15: Tea

11:15-12:45: Plenary 2

12:45-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Parallel Session I

15:30-16:00: Tea

16:00-18:00: Free time

18:00: Public Lecture

Day 3: Tuesday, October 23

Theme: Engaging Barth on Historical and Contemporary Challenges

9:00-9:15: Opening

9:15-10:45: Plenary 3

10:45-11:15: Tea

11:15-12:45: Plenary 4

12:45-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Parallel Session 2

15:30-16:00: Tea

16:00-17:30: Parallel Session 3

Evening: Free time

Day 4: Wednesday, October 24

Theme: Engaging Barth on the Prison System

9:00-9:15: Opening

9:15-10:45: Plenary 5

11:15-12:15: Panel

12:15-13:00: Lunch

13:00-18:00: Excursion

19:00: Dinner Reception

Day 5: Thursday, October 25

Theme: Engaging Barth on Things to Come

9:00-9:15: Opening

9:15-10:45: Plenary 6

10:45-11:15: Tea

11:15-12:45: Closing Panel

12:45: Lunch


Call for Applications

Those currently enrolled in a doctoral program or with completed doctorates are invited to submit paper proposals for the parallel sessions of the conference. We invite papers which set Karl Barth’s life, theology, and politics into constructive conversation with theologies and theories including but not limited to: liberation, black, disability, post-colonial, womanist, feminist, queer, political, comparative, dogmatic, historical, and contextual. We especially encourage women, Africans, people of color, international students, new voices, and other under-represented voices in the Barth discussion to submit proposals.

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be sent to no later than April 15, 2018. Paper presentations should be no more than 3,500 words in order to be delivered in 30 minutes and allow 15-20 minutes for Q&A. Please include your current academic standing with submissions and put “International Barth Conference” in the subject line of your email submission.


There are various bed and breakfast hotels and self-catering accommodations within walking distance from the University of Stellenbosch (Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch):

Bed and Breakfasts:

Albarosa Guest House
7 Helderberg Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 883 3353

Avenues Guest House
32 The Avenue
Tel: +27 (0)21 887 1843

Bonne Esperance Guest House
17 Van Riebeeck Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 887 0225

Caledon Villa Guest House
7 Neethling Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 883 8912

De Hoek Manor Guest House
c/o Drostdy and Church Streets
Tel: +27 (0)21 886 9988

Eendracht Hotel
161 Dorp Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 883 8843

Just Joey Guest House
13 Noordwal-Wes Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 887 1799

Life & Leisure Guest House & Apartments
20 Van Riebeeck Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 886 6955

Malans Guest House
4 Keerom Street
Tel: +27 (0)83 664 1517

Middedorp Manor
16 Van Riebeeck Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 883 9560

Oude Werf Hotel
30 Church Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 887 4608

River Manor Guest House
6 The Avenue
Tel: +27 (0)21 887 9944

Roosenwijn Guest House
c/o Neethling & Van Riebeeck Streets
Tel: +27 (0)21 883 3338

Stellenbosch Hotel
c/o Dorp & Andringa Streets
Tel: +27 (0)21 887 3033

Villa Grande Guest House
1 Keerom Street
Tel: +27 (0)21 887 8454


Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch:
House of Maggie: one double bed, bathroom, and kitchen
Chapel Flats: three single bed rooms (2 rooms), shared bathroom, and kitchen
171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 (0)21 808 9128 (Office hours: 08:00-16:30)
Email: (Mrs. Amanda van Niekerk)

22 Die Laan Self-Catering Accommodation
22 Die Laan
Tel: +27 (0)21 886 8753

Quiver Tree Self-Catering Apartments
2 Faure Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 (0)72 208 3433

Stellenbosch Tourism
Contact Jenna Moses for assistance with your accommodation booking:
Stellenbosch 360
36 Market Street, Stellenbosch
Tel: +27 (0)21 883 3584

Maps and Directions

The conference will take place at the University of Stellenbosch. The address is: Faculty of Theology, 171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Airport Transfer Options from Capetown International Airport:

Citi Hopper
Tel: +27 (0)21 936 3460/1

Zee’s Cape Tours
Tel: +27 (0)82 258 0820

Ride with Uber

Shuttle Up
Tel: +27 (0) 72 246 4592


If you have questions related to conference registration, lodging, or meals, please contact Marita Snyman at

If you have general questions related to the conference or questions related to the call for papers, please contact Kait Dugan at

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