3rd International Conference on Ethiopian Church Studies

September 20-21, 2019, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Theme: The Ethiopian Church and Nation Building

Keynote Speakers

  1. Her Excellency Ambassador Alemtsehay Meseret – Ambassador of Ethiopia to Uganda
  2. Prof. Tilahun Teshome – Professor of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
  3. Prof. Samuel Rubenson – Professor of Church History, University of Lund, Sweden


This is the third international conference organized by Mahbere Kidusan Research Center under the theme “The Ethiopian Church and Nation Building”.  The conference will be held on September 20-21, 2019 at Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH)  meeting hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Suggested Topics

The conference will focus on, but not limited to, the following topics in relation to the role of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Nation Building:
  • Church education as a key to nation building
  • Nationalism and the unifying role of the church
  • The Ethiopian church in the time of national crisis
  • Power legitimacy and the Ethiopian Church
  • The Ethiopian church and moral foundations of the state
  • The place of the church in national consensus & reconciliation
  • The Ethiopian church and socio-economic transformation
  • Church and politics in the contemporary Ethiopia
  • National symbols and the Ethiopian church
  • Church as a bridge between state and society

Abstract Submission

The conference organizers kindly invite scholars to submit an abstract of not more than 450 words for full paper presentation. Paper presenters will be selected on the basis of the merits of the work of the submitted abstracts. Submissions should be accompanied by the presenter’s name and affiliation, a short (one page) CV and contact details. Authors accepted to present papers for the conference are also encouraged to submit their paper to the Journal of Ethiopian Church Studies. Abstracts and accompanied documents shall be submitted through the email address research@eotcmk.org.


The conference will be both in English and Amharic languages. Hence, authors are free to submit articles in either language.

Organising Committee

  • Fr. Dr. Mengistu Gobezie – Chair
  • Fr. Dr. Amsalu Tefera– V/Chair
  • Dr. Yohannes Adgeh – Secretary
  • Dr. Firehiwot Bayu – Member
  • Dr. Sosina Mengistu – Member
  • Dr. Yonas Ashine – Member
  • Dr. Zerayehu Sime – Member

Web Master

  • Dn. Alemnew Sheferaw


Email: research@eotcmk.org

Important Dates

Abstract Submission: 15 August 2019
Notification of acceptance: 30 August 2019
Conference Date: 20-21 September 2019


Call for abstract released: 23 June  2019

Website online: 24 June 2019