IJES Conferences


“Ellul and Charbonneau on Ethics in an

Age of Ecological Challenge”

The Strasbourg conference in France has now be rescheduled to

January 26-28, 2022


There will be online remote participation for this 2022 conference at half price. Registrants will receive email announcements in January and February 2022


Also, the next conference in North America will take place in Montreal on July 7-9, 2022. Read more.


Strasbourg Conference Program PDF (subject to changes):

Programme Colloque Ellul janvier 2022 Updated




Promotional flyer in English: Strasbourg Conf Flyer English 2022

dépliant promotionnel en français: Strasbourg Conf Flyer FRANC 2022

In partnership with our French sister society, the Association Internationale Jacques Ellul, the IJES will be sponsoring its first European conference at the University of Strasbourg on January 26-28 (Wednesday through Friday).  We are very excited that this year’s conference theme is widening its scope by including presentations on Bernard Charbonneau. This will also be a blended conference in French and English languages.

Certainly the pandemic has impacted all life and planning. While we plan to have an in-person gathering in Strasbourg, we are planning on having online conference presence through posted papers, video recorded keynotes, and zoom response discussions of presentations.  This will allow for wider conference participation, and registration for remote attenders will be half price ($60 regular; $30 student). 

Également participation à la conférence en ligne à moitié prix.


For more information, ellulsociety@gmail.com



Twenty-five years after their death, Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) and Bernard Charbonneau (1910-1996) still have something to say to us—perhaps today more than ever. The challenges raised by the swell of technique and ecological devastation demand both a rigorous analytical framework and resolute ethical engagement. Such are the intellectual, symbolic, and practical resources which our two friends bequeathed to us: think globally, act locally, elucidate the declensions and effects of the “great molting,” and incite a presence in the world which testifies to freedom and hope through non-power. This conference proposes to probe the depths of the heritage of Ellul and Charbonneau, in their sympathies and their differences, to better understand our present and to promote a liberated engagement able to confront the ethical challenges which define our times.

Un quart de siècle après leur mort, Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) et Bernard Charbonneau (1910-1996) ont encore quelque chose à nous dire, et peut-être plus que jamais. Les défis posés par le déferlement technique et par les dévastations écologiques exigent une grille d’analyse rigoureuse et un engagement éthique résolu. Telles sont les ressources intellectuelles, symboliques et pratiques, que nous lèguent les deux amis : penser globalement, agir localement, élucider les déclinaisons et les effets de la “grande mue”, et impulser une présence au monde qui témoigne de la liberté et de l’espérance par la non-puissance. Ce Colloque se propose de mesurer la profondeur de l’héritage de Jacques Ellul et de Bernard Charbonneau, dans leurs affinités et dans leurs écarts, afin de mieux comprendre notre présent et de promouvoir un engagement dégagé à la hauteur des enjeux éthiques qui sont aujourd’hui les nôtres.

Questions about conference papers and presentations can be directed to Jacob Marques Rollison at jake.rollison@gmail.com


Strasbourg Lodging  (Jan 26-28, 2022; include Tuesday Jan 25 night for being present Wed morning)

Most of the conference sessions will be held at the University of Strasbourg. A number of rooms for lodging for conference attenders have been reserved at the St. Thomas Centre. This site is about a 30 minute walk to the campus and buses are also available. (See map.) Some events, including the Thursday evening banquet will be held at the St. Thomas Centre. There are both single and double rooms, though the latter are more limited.

Prices for St. Thomas Lodging in Strasbourg:

Please figure total amounts per nights, and pay through our Donation page under the St. Thomas designation.  Registration is done on a separate page on this website.

If you made a previous payment for lodging to IJES, that amount can be 1) applied to your 2022 stay; 2) refunded to you; or 3) designated as a donation to the IJES.

Please contact Jake Rollison and Frederic Rognon for details regarding lodging options: jake.rollison@gmail.com    rognonfr@yahoo.fr


Past Conferences


2018 Vancouver, Canada

“Jacques Ellul and the Bible: A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration”

On June 28-30, 2018, IJES members and associates convened for its biennial IJES Ellul conference on the beautiful campus of Regent College, situated just one mile from the coastline in the northwest tip of Vancouver, British Columbia. We had 25 presenters in total, and a paper by Walter Brueggemann was read at the Banquet by his son John.

 Browse our IJES Conference Program 2018

View the presenters’ papers here

Jacques Ellul is best known as one of the premier voices of the 20th century analyzing the emergence, characteristics, and challenges of the “technological society” — the growing and seemingly irresistible dominance of technological tools, processes, and values over the whole of life and the whole of the world.  But the Bordeaux sociologist simultaneously produced almost as many works of biblical study and reflection as he did regarding works of sociology.  In these studies Ellul delivered brilliantly creative insights as well as provocative challenges to traditional theology.  All serious students of Ellul, whether part of faith communities like Ellul (in the French Reformed Church) or not (like his colleague and best friend Bernard Charbonneau), have found interaction with his theological writings an essential complement to the study of his great sociological works.  This conference will seek a multi-perspectival hearing of Scripture stimulated by Ellul’s works.



2016 Berkeley, California

“Politics without Illusion, Revolution without Violence: Reviewing the Contributions of Jacques Ellul


2014 Ottawa, Ontario

“Communicating Humanly in an Age of Technology and Spin” (with a special focus on propaganda)


2012 Wheaton, Illinois

“Prophet in the Technological Wilderness: A Centenary Celebration & Critical Review of Jacques Ellul (1912 – 1994)”








the following is simply saved for future use on the website, but is not active:

Call for Papers for Strasbourg 2022 Conference/appel à communications

If you have a proposal for a paper,

all correspondence in either english or français can be sent to 

Jacob Marques Rollison 


To register, please proceed to our conference website

Pour vous inscrire, rendez-vous sur le site de notre conférence

2021 English flyer             2021 Affiche francaise