IJES Conferences

“Ellul and Charbonneau on Ethics in a Age of Ecological and Technological Challenge”

2020 Ellul Society Conference, Strasbourg, France, July 9-11.

In partnership with the Association Internationale Jacques Ellul, the IJES will be helping to sponsor its first European conference at the University of Strasbourg on July 9-11, 2020 (Thursday through Saturday). This blended conference in French and English will put out a call for papers this coming July. Registration will open online this coming August. We are very excited for the theme of this conference to widen its scope by including presentations on Bernard Charbonneau.

Stay tuned for more information this summer.

For more information, ellulsociety@gmail.com


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 our bi-annual 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.

To register, please proceed to our conference website.

Take a 6-Day Course on Ellul, get credit (or audit),

and go to the conference for no extra fee.

“Jacques Ellul: Prophet in the Technological Wilderness”
taught by David Gill & Jeffrey Greenman

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)”