Center for Barth Studies

The Center for Barth Studies at the Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, United States, was established in 1997. Its mission is to promote interest in Karl Barth’s theology by means of sponsoring conferences, research opportunities, discussion groups, and publications. One of the annual highlights is the Karl Barth conference in June that draws more than 100 participants from around the world.

The Karl Barth Research Collection, part of Special Collections in the Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries, supports the scholarly activities of the Center for Barth Studies. It hosts Barth’s most important works in German, English and other languages, secondary literature about Karl Barth, photographs and other items.

The Center for Barth Studies is working closely with the Karl Barth Archive in Basel. Princeton Theological Seminary has made a significant contribution to the Archive by subsidizing a microfilming project. This project ensures the preservation of a significant¬†portion of Barth’s unpublished papers (sermons, lectures, manuscripts, letters, and other items) on microfilm and in digital files. The Center for Barth Studies hosts copies of these files that are made available for researchers in North America.

Watch this video with students and faculty from the Princeton Theological Seminary to learn more about the Center for Barth Studies, the Karl Barth Research Collection, and studying Barth in Princeton.