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GloPent Conference 2013

What Conference
When 2013-02-01 11:30 to
2013-02-02 15:30
Where Heidelberg, Germany
Contact Name Jörg Haustein
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Contact Phone +49-6221-543308
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The seventh international and multidisciplinary conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) will be held at Heidelberg University in Germany on 1 and 2 February 2013. The conference topic is "Pentecostalism and Politics".

1 Conference Theme   2 Programme   3 Registration, Conference Fee, and Accommodations   4 Travel

Conference Theme

In many contexts worldwide, the growth of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity has had a lasting influence on the local politics and political cultures. The academic evaluation of this impact, however, is inconclusive at best. There are competing narratives about the political stance of Pentecostals from characterizing them as "apolitical/quietist" to "activist-modern-progressive," and more. So far, the debate often lack theoretical and methodological reflection, as the plural and politicized phenomenon of Pentecostalism is reduced to a religious category, which is then held up against a secular and and essentialist concept of "the political".

The conference seeks to address precisely these conceptual issues in understanding Pentecostalism and politics from an interdisciplinary point of view. The keynotes will present theoretical insights in how to overcome an essentialist view of "Pentecostalism" and/vs. "politics" from the vantage points of political science, religious studies, and theology. They are grounded in regional expertise and will therefore sketch a new approach to Pentecostal politics by way of concrete examples.

In addition to the keynotes, there will be two parallel sessions with workshops presenting and discussion ongoing research on global Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

Keynote Presenters and Respondents

Prof. Dr. Allan Anderson, University of Birmingham, Birmingam, UK
Prof. Dr. Luke Bretherton, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Prof. Dr. Gastón Espinosa, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, USA
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heuser, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Ruth Marshall, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Prof. Dr. Timothy Steigenga, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA
Prof. Dr. Jan Stievermann, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Rudolf von Sinner, Escola Superior de Teologia, São Leopoldo/Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil



(Note: the order and setup of panels in the parallel sessions may still be subject to changes.)

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1 February 2013 (Friday)

11:30–12:30 Registration and Refreshments

12:45–13:00 Conference Welcome

Jörg Haustein

13:00–14:30 Plenary Session 1

Timothy Steigenga  – Pentecostalization, Politics, Religious Change in Latin America: New Insights  into Old Questions
Rudolf von Sinner  – Response

14:30–15:00 Refreshments

15:00–17:30 Parallel Session 1

Panel 1.01: Global Networks & Studies
Room: SHH Downstairs

Hans Geir AasmundsenPentecostalism and Politics: A Question of Compatibility?
Candy Gunther BrownAbout Power: Pentecostal Healing as a Political Practice
Jelle CreemersWho May Speak for Pentecostalism? A Critical Analysis of Pentecostal Representation in the International Roman Catholic – Classical Pentecostal Dialogue (1972-2012)
Gina LendeWhat Happens to Pentecostalism When it Becomes Large?
Yan SuarsanaThe Mukti Revival and Pentecostal Historiography

Panel 1.02: Pentecostalism & Islam
Room: Kiga I

Tomas Sundnes DrønenPentecostalism, Globalisation and Islam in Northern Cameroon. Megachurches in the Making?
Giovanni MaltesePolitics and Society in Filipino Pentecostalism on Negros (Oriental)
Hans OlssonA Culture ‚Against Culture‘? Pentecostal Christianity in Contemporary Zanzibar
Marcin RzepkaSpeaking in Tongues or Just in Persian? Pentecostalism, Language Policy and the Problem of Identity in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Panel 1.03: Pentecostalism & Politics in Africa
Room: ÖInst

J. Kwabena Asamoah-GyaduReligion and the Politics of Defamation: Charismatic Christianity, the Media and Democratic Elections in Africa
Sarah DemartPentecostalism and Politics in Congo (DRC): Pentecotization of the Political Field or Political Liturgies' Legacy?
Adetunji OlasunkanmiThe Church Has the Figure, But the Politicians Have the People: Examination of the Dichotomy Between Faith and Praxis Among Kenyan Pentecostals
Michael Perry TetteyLatent Power and Presence: Pentecostal-Charismatic Engagements in Ghanaian Political Life
Donatus Pius UkpongNigerian Pentecostalism and the Public Square: A Case Study of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

17:30–18:00 Refreshments

18:00–19:30 Plenary Session 2

Prof. Dr. Ruth Marshall  – Speaking in Tongues: Pentecostalism and the Language of Politics
Prof. Dr. Andreas Heuser Response

19:30 Social Gathering


2 February 2013 (Saturday)

09:00-10:30 Plenary Session 3

Prof. Dr. Luke BrethertonPentecostalism and Political Witness: Eschatology, Democracy and Political Economy
Prof. Dr. Allan AndersonResponse

10:30-11:00 Refreshments

11:00-13:00 Parallel Session 2

Panel 2.01: Pentecostalism & Migration
Room: Kiga I

Allan AndersonEritrean Pentecostals as Asylum Seekers in Britain
Esther BolarinUnderstanding Faith and Culture: African Pentecostal Churches in Ireland. A Case Study of the Redeemed Christian Church of God
Stian EriksenThe Migrant Churches in Norway: A Study of Their Spirituality as It Relates to Identity, Worship and Mission
Elisabeth MareelsVideira Comes to Europe: Missionaries Across Social Borders, Teaching a Sound Life Style to Brazilian Migrants in Brussels

Panel 2.02: Pentecostalism & Politics in Eastern Europe and Russia
Room: Kiga II

Torsten LöfstedtKeeping Pandora‘s Box Open Just a Crack: Russian Pentecostal and Orthodox Views of Demons
Vasile MarchisA Theology of Mission for Romanian Pentecostals: An Integrative Approach
Štěpán RipkaRelated to Cultural Fathers, Descendants of a Natural God: The Traditionalization of Pentecostal Roma Through the Ideology of Family
Roman PoplavskyPentecostals in Russia: The Need for Inculturation and Perspectives of Political Participation

Panel 2.03: Pentecostalism & Politics in the Americas
Room: ÖInst

Richard BustraanMethodological Reflections on Pentecostalism and Politics from the Jesus People
Daniel FreiPentecostalism and Politics in Chile
Kijan Bloomfield Maxam(Re)Defining the "Political"- Pentecostal Witness in Jamaica
Daniel SillimanUnderstanding the Idea of Spiritual Warfare in Contemporary Pentecostal Fiction

Panel 2.04: Pentecostal Theology & Contextualization
Room: SHH Downstairs

Joseph Acheampong„Let My People Go“: The Relevance of the Exodus of the Israelites to the Understanding of Salvation Among Pentecostal Versions of Christianity in Ghana. A Critical Reflection from an Akan Perspective.
Paul ClarkGerman Pentecostalism: Origin, Development and Structure (1945-2005)
Sang Yun LeeThe Threefold Blessing as a Contextual Hope in the Korean Pentecostal Context
Eric WilliamsBlack Pentecostalism Between Worlds:  Ithiel Clemmons  and the  Critical Tradition of African American Pentecostal Theology

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:00 Plenary Session 4

Gastón EspinosaReligion, Politics, and Presidential Elections – Pentecostalism and Politics in the USA
Jan StievermannResponse

16:00-16:30 Conference summary and farewell

Michael Bergunder


Registration, Conference Fee, and Accommodations


Please download and complete the registration form and send the completed form by e-mail or fax by January 15 latest to:

Ellen Weinel
Fax: +49-6221-543290

Conference Fee

Subscribers of PentecoStudies: free of charge
Normal rate: 40
Reduced rate for PhD students: € 30
Graduate and undergraduate students are free of charge.

The conference fee includes refreshments and conference materials. It is payable in cash upon arrival.


Since Heidelberg is a tourist town, it is recommended to secure accommodations early on.
For hotel bookings we recommend the booking site of Heidelberg Marketing GmbH.
(For proximity to the conference venue, search for hotels in the "Heidelberg Old Town" category.)
Some hotels may allow rebates for events conducted by the University of Heidelberg. Therefore make sure to mention the conference when you book.
A low-budget alternative to hotel arrangements are private guest rooms, which can be booked on-line at the (English language bookings available).Gästezimmer-Zentrale (



Conference Venue

Heiliggeiststr. 17
69117 Heidelberg

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Arriving by Car

Use the parking garage at Karlsplatz. Then it is a 1 minute walk according to this map.

Arriving by Public Transportation

From Frankfurt Airport your best option is via train (appr. 40 minutes).

  • Take a train to "Heidelberg-Altstadt" (you will have to change trains in Mannheim). English booking of online tickets is available here.
  • From "Heidelberg Altstadt" walk (10 mins) according to this map.

Alternatively, the closest bus station to the conference venue is "Heidelberg Schloss/City Hall", bus line 33. See map on how to get to the conference venue from there.


The conference is generously supported by the

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