Past Events

Mennonites and Anthropology: Ethnography, Religion, and Global Entanglements

Join us for the 2019 Mennonite Studies conference! Mennonites and anthropology share a complex series of entanglements and this conference investigates all aspects of these relationships. The conference theme builds upon recent ethnographic studies and reconsiders the ways in which Mennonites have imagined, embodied, and enacted their religious practice. It examines new ways to ask what it means to be Mennonites. For the full conference program, click here.

When: October 25 – 26, 2019

Where: University of Winnipeg, Convocation Hall
(515 Portage Ave., U of W, 2nd floor Wesley Hall)

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4th Annual CTMS Lecture: May 30, 2019, 7:00 PM

During the first years of Bolshevik rule, Mennonites played leading roles in the development and administration of Soviet institutions and organizations in their communities.

Join this year’s speaker, Colin P. Neufeldt, for his lecture “Constructing a Soviet Utopia: Mennonites and the Collective Farm in Ukraine, 1920-1924,” which will examine the participation of Mennonites in organizing and operating collective farms in Khortytsia, Ukraine.  Following the keynote address, Dr. Aileen Friesen, co-director of CTMS, will report on her recent trip to Ukraine for the Paul Toews KGB Archives project.

Colin P. Neufeldt is Professor of History, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Vice President Academic at Concordia University of Edmonton.

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A People of Diversity: Mennonites in Canada Since 1970

On November 15-17, 2018 the Chair in Mennonite Studies at The University of Winnipeg is hosting “A People of Diversity: Mennonites in Canada since 1970.” This conference will mark the 50th anniversary of the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada by focusing on the increased diversity of Mennonites in Canada since 1970. Listen to stories of new ethnic identities, crossing old boundaries, and new ways of thinking about faith, culture, and socio-political issues. Consider their implications on being “Mennonite” in the 21st century.

To view the full conference program, click here.  Follow Mennonite Studies on Facebook to join the conversation and keep up to date on all the details!



3rd Annual CTMS Lecture: May 17, 2018, 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the University of Winnipeg (515 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB), room 2M70 in Manitoba Hall, for the 3rd Annual Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies (CTMS) Lecture, “Unexpected Connections: Mennonites in Mexican Media” by Dr. Rebecca Janzen, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina.

How have Low German Mennonites been viewed by their Mexican neighbours? Mexican archival photographs, documents, and television tell us much about the Mennonites – their conflict with Indigenous people, their struggle over land, their relationship with violent drug cartels. In the process, these sources ask us how we decide how belongs in a society.