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First volume IAPT Conference Series published

First volume IAPT Conference Series published

From 2019 on IAPT works on Open Access publication of the Academy’s conference volumes. Contents can be downloaded from the IAPT Conference Series website. The first volume published is composed by the proceedings of the IAPT Oslo conference 2017: Reforming practical theology. The politics of body and space; edited by Auli Vähäkangas, Sivert Angel, Kirstine Helboe Johansen.

2017 Oslo – Information

2017 Oslo – Information

The 2017 Oslo (IAPT) conference

The International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT) is a scientific community dedicated to the the study of and critical reflection on practical theological thought and action. At present, IAPT has members from over 20 countries.

Every second year IAPT organises an international conference. The 2017 conference will take place in Oslo. The host institutions are the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo, MF School of Theology and VID Specialized University.

For more informatie click on this link : 2017 Oslo – Information

Association of Practical Theology in Oceania – 2015 Conference

Association of Practical Theology in Oceania – 2015 Conference

Association of Practical Theology in Oceania

in association with the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

2015 Conference

University House, Australian National University, Canberra

26-29 November 2015

Explorations in Practical Theology:

Faith and the Political in a Post-Secular Age


Resurgence in religious consciousness has become a feature of contemporary public life. Such cultural shift experienced globally, is characterised as a religious-political milieu that some scholars are beginning to describe as post-secular. The 2015 APTO conference will explore this emerging phenomenon which points to an increasing connection between the ‘two cities,’ the temporal-political and the faith-mystical. Key themes for the conference will include: the increasing prevalence in religions of a fundamentalist and radicalized minority; the future benefits of inter-religious dialogue; the ideal of a university; together with the value of dialogue between secular reason and notions of religious emancipation.  The conference will also explore some of the positive aspects of the return of the sacred in popular culture, such as the potential of religion to inform the universal search for values, to be an advocate for the marginalized, while at the same time challenge some of the narrow secular and materialistic assumptions of contemporary Western culture, that would confine reality to what can be seen and measured.


Members of the Association of Practical Theology in Oceania and the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, together with colleagues of associated organisations are cordially invited to submit a proposal for a paper to be presented as part of the 2015 conference. Proposals are particularly welcome that directly address the conference theme from various disciplines and perspectives and that contribute to the broad work of practical theology. Papers of interest will draw upon theological and political issues within the context of Oceania, including questions relating to indigenous cultures and spirituality, the rise of radical atheism, juxtapositioned with religious fundamentalism and the increasing discourse on post-secularity. Relevant subjects also include issues relating to dialogue between ecclesiology and the social sciences, together with questions on environmental ethics, political theology, economics, and the theology of liberation.

2015 Program Outline

2015 Program Outline

The program outline for the 12th Conference of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT), July 16-20, 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa can now be downloaded.

All the registration information and links to the online registration form and accommodation information can be found on the conference page.

IAPT 2015 Call for Papers

IAPT 2015 Call for Papers

The twelfth IAPT biennial conference, the second one in South Africa, will be held from 16-20 July 2015 in Pretoria.

In view of the rich political and cultural heritage of South Africa and the historical and contemporary legacy of injustice that has so powerfully shaped this context, we decided at the Toronto conference to focus on issues of injustice, personhood and human dignity. It also provides an opportunity to explore philosophies and worldviews rooted in the (South) African context that could help to address these problems. In this conference we will explore one such worldview or spirituality that is deeply rooted in the Southern African context, namely Ubuntu.

The call for papers provide members with information on the venue, theme and plenary speakers.

Download the call for papers.

Submit an abstract.