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The American Society of Missiology/East and the Eastern Fellowship of Professors of Mission will hold their joint annual meeting November 7-8,2008, at Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll, N. Y. Borrowing William Carets 1792 phrase to "use means," the gathering will examine the "present experience of mission agency in North America" from Roman Catholic, independent, concilier, and local-church perspectives. For additional information, e-mail David Dawson, david.dawson@ presbynet.org, or see www.omsc.org/asmeast.html.

The Center for North American Studies, Das Historische Seminar of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, Berlin, will sponsor "Culture and International History IV," their fourth symposium dedicated to the study of the role of culture in international relations, December 19-21, 2008, in Frankfurt, Germany. For details, e-mail Jessica Gienow-Hecht or Mark Donfried, cih@ culturaldiplomacy.org.

The Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, University of Birmingham, is organizing the fourth conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism, February 6-7,2009, at Fircroft College, Selly Oak, Birmingham, U.K. The theme is 'Transnational Pentecostalism in Europe." For information, contact Allan Anderson, University of Birmingham, a.h.anderson@bham.ac.uk, or visit www.glopent.net.

The biennial meeting of the American Society of Church History will be held April 16-20,2009, in Montreal, Quebec, with the theme "Mission and Empire in the History of Christianity." Presenters will explore "the ways that Christianity's expansionist impulses have shaped the structure and exercise of political, cultural, economic, and social power by states and empires, as well as the ways that such entities have shaped the people, institutions, and cultures of Christianity." For more information, e-mail asch2009montreal@gmail.com.

"Africa in Scotland, Scotland in Africa" will be the theme of a conference to be held April 29-May 1,2009, at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh (www.cas. ed.ac.uk). Brief abstracts are invited from prospective presenters, who should submit them before November 30, 2008, to the Center of African Studies, african.studies@ed.ac.uk. The conveners are Afe Adogame, lecturer in world Christianity, and Andrew Lawrence, lecturer in African studies.

An interdisciplinary symposium to honor the centenary of Bengt Sundkler (1909-95), Swedish Lutheran missionary to Africa, will be held May 17-19, 2009, in Uppsala, Sweden, with the theme 'Telling Lives in Africa: African Biography, Autobiography, and Life Story." Brief outlines of proposed papers are due by December 1, 2008. For more information, contact Kajsa Ahlstrand at kajsa.ahlstrand@teol.uu.se.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C., and the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianities, at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, are sponsoring a research seminar, "Public Theology: Christian Political Thought in Global Perspective," June 7-21,2009, in Cape Town, South Africa. John de Gruchy, professor emeritus at the University of Cape Town and author of Reconciliation: Restoring Justice (2002), will lead the seminar. see www.calvin.edu/nagel for application information; the deadline is December 1,2008.

Working under the aegis of Edinburgh 2010 (www.edinburgh2010.org), representatives from a number of strands of mission and church life are preparing an international conference to be held in Edinburgh, June 2-6,2010, for the centenary of thel910Edinburgh World Missionary Conference. The theme will be "Witnessing to Christ Today: Edinburgh2010." Located at New College, University of Edinburgh, the project is led by international director Daryl Balia (daryl.balia@ed.ac.uk).

Bogotá, Colombia, was the setting March 2-7, 2008, for the Consultation on Scripture Use in the Vernacular, a gathering of 139 people from thirteen Latin American countries representing twenty-nine ethnic groups, as well as people of Hispanic origin and members of missionary organizations. …