Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies

The Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies (IAMS) encourages research, publishing, and community education on topics in Anabaptist and Mennonite history, culture, and thought. It does this primarily through collaborative publishing ventures, and hosting special events, such as seminars and conferences. The institute also oversees the teaching program in Mennonite Studies.

The institute is interested in all dimensions of Mennonite thought and culture, with emphasis on Anabaptist studies, the Canadian experience of Swiss/Pennsylvania German and Dutch/Russian Mennonites, Mennonites of new ethnicities, and global Mennonitism. Learn more about the Mennonites.

Mennonites at an auction.

J. Winfield Fretz Fellowship in Mennonite Studies

This annual fellowship invites visiting scholars to engage in research, teaching, and relationship building with faculty and students at Conrad Grebel and the University of Waterloo, as well as the local community, around Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies themes. Learn more

J. William and Sarah Dyck Award for Russian Mennonite Studies

An award, valued at $1,000, is provided annually to undergraduate or graduate students. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in Russian Mennonite Studies.  This fund is made possible by a donation from J. William and Sarah Dyck. Learn more

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies organizes and hosts this annual lecture series.


Upcoming Events

Book Launch
Advocating for Peace: Stories from the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee, 1975-2008.

Author: William Janzen
February 13, 2020, 7:00 pm
Schlegel Community Education Room (reception to follow)

J. Winfield Fretz Visiting Scholar Lecture
"Where Moth and Rust Destroy: Archives and the Contest over Anabaptist Information"

Speaker: David Y. Neufeld
March 12, 2020, 7:30 pm
Chapel (reception to follow)

IAMS Book Series

Eby Gorden Christian coverThe Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies occasionally sponsors publications that reflect its mandate to encourage research in Anabaptist and Mennonite studies. Visit our book series webpage to see more.

Mennonite Studies

Mennonite Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study  which may be taken in conjunction with many existing programs in Faculty of Arts and other faculties. This program is designed to provide an overview of Anabaptist-Mennonite history, culture, thought and practice from the early 16th century to the present. Learn about the Mennonite Studies program.



For further information contact:

Marlene Epp,
Director of Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies