2020 ANZATS Conference


ANZATS Announcement


In view of the escalating global COVID-19 crisis, ANZATS has taken the regrettable but necessary step to cancel its 2020 Conference. The ANZATS conference had been scheduled to be held in Adelaide in early July in conjunction with the ISBL Conference. The ISBL conference had already been cancelled.


The ANZATS Council has unanimously agreed to still award the scholarships to the three best applicants in the New and Emerging Scholars category. Those awardees are:


  • Nicholas List, University of Otago

An Earlier terminus ante quem for the Epistle of James?: The Influence of James on the Stromata’s Transmission of 1 Clement 17


  • Ryan Lang, University of Otago

Athanasius, Ambrose, and the Choice to Sing: A Theological Exploration of Singing in the Early Church


  • Di Rayson, University of Newcastle

Bonhoeffer in the Anthropocene: Ecoethics and Earthly Christianity


All three awardees will still receive $800 each, despite the conference being cancelled.

This decision was made both to honour the awardees’ scholarly excellence and as a tangible way of providing these emerging scholars with some modest financial assistance, at a time of great uncertainty. ANZATS desires to express both the value of supporting theological research and scholarship in our region, and also the love of neighbour commanded by Christ at such a difficult time.


The Council also agreed unanimously that Nicholas List be declared the winner of the Best Overall Paper prize, based upon the written papers received, for which he will receive a certificate in due course.


Congratulations to all three of our worthy awardees, and our prayers for you as you continue in your calling as scholars.


Planning is well under way for the 2021 ANZATS Conference, which will be held in early July in Perth at the University of Notre Dame. Further details will be made available later this year.


In the meantime, the ANZATS Council is considering ways in which it may still be possible to conduct smaller-scale online seminars/workshops towards the end of this year, based around the 2020 Conference streams. This would provide one avenue for feedback on research in process. Given the uncertainty of the current situation, this is subject to further developments and feedback. The Council hopes to give more definite information by mid-year.


May you know God’s peace, comfort and grace.


The Revd Professor Mark R. Lindsay

President, on behalf of the Council of ANZATS