Since 1976, the Association has been hosting an annual conference which brings together hundreds of individuals and groups from North America and beyond, across diverse professions and academic disciplines, to share insights, to study, and to plan for ongoing endeavors. Read about the upcoming conference, access proceedings, recordings, and photos from past conferences.
In the Footsteps of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá: Contributing to the Discourses of Our Time
23 – 31 July 2021, Online ConferenceRegister Program
Conference Theme Statement
In its 2021 annual conference, the Association for Bahá’i Studies continues its efforts to promote learning that correlates the insights of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation and the discourses of academic and professional fields. Encircled by the daunting challenges of our moment, this year’s conference draws hope, inspiration, and guidance from the unparalleled example of 'Abdu’l-Bahá. To commemorate the centenary of His Ascension, and a life that perfectly embodied Baha’i principle, the conference orients itself toward the example of 'Abdu’l-Bahá by offering plenary sessions, workshops, and collaborative workspaces which call to mind His method and message.
In countless tablets and talks, and in expansive works such as Some Answered Questions and The Secret of Divine Civilization, 'Abdu'l-Bahá offered all humanity a model for participation in the discourses of society. Conscious emulation of this model will allow attendees to continue the learning of recent ABS conferences, which have focused on the development of society-building knowledge that moves beyond mere critique of the current social order.
With the life and example of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as our touchstone, this year’s conference aims to foster an enriching spiritual and intellectual environment that welcomes contributions from a diversity of participants. In commentary on the natural sciences, philosophy, the arts, and many other areas, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ultimately “offered a challenge to the stale assumptions and prejudices of the age, and gave stimulus to a process of unification which continues to this day.” The 2021 ABS conference seeks to participate in that process by inviting a wide range of contributions that correlate the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh with lines of inquiry in various fields and disciplines.
This year again ABS hopes to facilitate your attendance with a "pay as you wish" registration format that allows you to choose any amount from $0 and up or select any of the amounts suggested in the form.
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Although we are no longer accepting proposals at this time, you can still view the call for proposals.
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