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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 about the Fellowship.

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 about the Award.

Upcoming Events

Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies with David Weaver-Zercher

Thursday, March 1, 2018
7:30 PM at Conrad Grebel University College

Panel Discussion: Mennonites and the Media

Friday, March 2, 2018
7:30 PM at Conrad Grebel University College


Recent Events

Book Launch

11 Encounters with Mennonite Fiction, by Hildi Froese Tiessen; Silentium: And Other Reflections on Memory, Sorrow, Place, and the Sacred, by Connie T. Braun

Bechtel Lecture
Melting the Boundaries of our Being: Explorations in Singing Together by Dr. Kenneth Nafziger

Book Launch
Out of Place: Social Exclusion and Mennonite Migrants in Canada

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:

Laureen Harder-Gissing,
Director of Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies