Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies

Painting of Mennonites in the frame of a barn

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.

Student Awards and Scholarships

Several awards are available for students interested in Mennonite Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Learn more

Mennonite Heritage Week

In 2019, the Canadian Parliament declared the second week in September to be Mennonite Heritage Week. This occasion offers Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo an opportunity to share about Mennonite history, beliefs, and culture. Read 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.

Upcoming Events

July 10, 2023, 7:30pm
Knox Presbyterian Church
The Place of Memory: Reflections on the Russlaender Centenary

Past Events

Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters in Time and Space

IAMS Book Series

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The 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/s Writing

In 2012 and again in 2014-15, Grebel invited significant Canadian writers to talk about how their writing sensibilities, their careers, and their Mennonite heritage intersect. The authors offered a combined reading/commentary meant to take the audience on a journey that traces how the writer's Mennonite heritage contributed to shaping his or her literary sensibility. Watch the videos from those visits.