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Collapse and Resilience of German Missions 1914-1939

Les missions allemandes : leur liquidation et leur résilience 1914-1939

Deutsche Missionswerke : ihre Auflösung und Widerstandsfähigkeit von 1914 bis 1939

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Published on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

World War I had a devastating impact upon German Missions (Roman Catholic and Protestant). A general description of German mission fields A.D. 1914 will be the starting point of the Conference. Case studies are welcome on particular territories such as Togo, Cameroon, East Africa, South-West Africa, South East Asia, Pacific area, China, India, Middle East. Attention will be paid to the predicament of local "orphaned" Christian churches and communities, and to the relationships between the local leadership with the new foreign missions authorized by the Allies instead of German personnel.

Announcement

Argument

World War I had a devastating impact upon German Missions (Roman Catholic and Protestant). A general description of German mission fields A.D. 1914 will be the starting point of the Conference. Case studies are welcome on particular territories such as Togo, Cameroon, East Africa, South-West Africa, South East Asia, Pacific area, China, India, Middle East. Attention will be paid to the predicament of local « orphaned » Christian churches and communities, and to the relationships between the local leadership with the new foreign missions authorized by the Allies instead of German personnel. Exiled German missionaries back home continued to work intellectually on behalf of their fields and published a considerable amount of papers, dictionaries, theological, historical and ethnographic monographs that should be revisited. A vast area of debates and polemics occurred in the specialized missiological circles, on the question of a « German missiology ». The general public and the German political authorities took part in those debates which reached the international missionary community. Several aspects of the resilience of German missions can be observed until the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

  • Topic 1 : German missions 1913-1914 : a general overview
  • Topic 2 : The End of german missions 1914-1920
  • Topic 3 : The Local Churches' Initiatives 
  • Topic 4 : The "grieving process" of the german missions and the missiological debate
  • Topic 5 : The resilience of the german missions and of german missiology

Guidelines submission

Paper proposals with a short abstract are expected

until 28th February 2015.

The language of the meeting is french but a translation of english papers is possible. Please note that, if your paper is accepted, you have to send it one month before the beginning of the meeting.

Notification of accepted paper proposals will be sent by 15th March 2015.

Scientific Comitee

  • Annie Bart, Professeur émérite des universités en Sciences de l'information et de la communication de l’Université de Bordeaux. Unité de recherche MICA - Médiation, information, communication, art -EA 4426.
  • Marc Spindler, Professeur émérite des universités de Leyde et d’Utrecht (Pays-Bas). UMR CNRS-Sciences Po Bordeaux, Les Afriques dans le monde.
  • Gilles Vidal, Maître de Conférences en histoire du christianisme à l'époque contemporaine. Institut Protestant de Théologie - Faculté de Montpellier. Co-Directeur du Centre Maurice-Leenhardt de Recherches en Missiologie. / Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier - CRISES EA 4424.

Partner

Augustana-Hochschule (AHS) Neuendettelsau

Places

  • Mission Eine Welt - Hauptstraße 2
    Neuendettelsau, Federal Republic of Germany (91564)

Date(s)

  • Saturday, February 28, 2015

Keywords

  • mission, missiology

Contact(s)

  • Annie Bart
    courriel : annie [dot] lenoblebart [at] laposte [dot] net
  • Gilles Vidal
    courriel : gilles-louis [dot] vidal [at] univ-montp3 [dot] fr
  • Marc Spindler
    courriel : marc [dot] spindler [at] laposte [dot] net

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Gilles Vidal
    courriel : gilles-louis [dot] vidal [at] univ-montp3 [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Collapse and Resilience of German Missions 1914-1939 », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, https://calenda.org/315992

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