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Heritage, Legacy and Memory

Mission and Modernity Research Academy #2

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Publié le lundi 28 janvier 2019 par Elsa Zotian

Résumé

Over the past years, the history of missionary movements has become of interest to diverse dis­ciplines within the humanities. The ‘Mission and Modernity Research Academy’ aims to bring together current research projects and expertise on missionaries and steer them towards new the­matic frontiers, by providing a forum for academic debate and by creating new networks for young scholars across the globe.

Annonce

Over the past years, the history of missionary movements has become of interest to diverse dis­ciplines within the humanities. In response to this interdisciplinary booming (but also divergence of the field) KU Leuven re­searchers from several faculties launched MiMoRA in 2018. The ‘Mission and Modernity Research Academy’ aims to bring together current research projects and expertise on missionaries and steer them towards new the­matic frontiers, by providing a forum for academic debate and by creating new networks for young scholars across the globe.

Presentation

MiMoRA#2 welcomes researchers working on all types of topics within the field of Christian missions and missionaries in the modern era (1850-), both in a colonial and a postcolonial context, that are related to the thematic focus on ‘Heritage, Legacy and Memory’. We are seeking papers that address a selection of the multiple ways in which the endeavors of missionaries and missionary organizations have affected local societies and cultures, and/or how their significance is negotiated in the present. Potential topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Religion

The imprint of Christianity (Catholic, Protestant, etc.) within local communities, and missionary approaches to and views on local religions, religious practices, rituals and narratives; processes of appropriation of Christian/Western religious ideas and practices within local communities, and the blending of Christianity with local belief systems; confrontations between competing missionaryreligions and religious denominations and their impact on local social structures; the influence of local religious cultures on individual missionaries and missionary programs and activities. 

  • Language

The role of missionary linguistics in shaping, standardizing and instrumentalizing local vernacular idioms; missionary translating activities between supporting the ‘civilizing’ goal of the missions and supporting the ‘colonization of consciousness’ through the unidirectional appropriation of language; missionary ethno- and sociolinguistics, the politics of language and the ‘creation’ of ethnolinguistic groups; the role of the vernacularin missionary policies and strategies.

  • Community and identity

The instrumentality of missionary ethnographic engagement with local cultures and traditional expressions in shaping social identities, creating subdivisions, and altering local social and religious hierarchies; the agency of local communities and individuals in such processes; the introduction/pursuing of Western ideologies about race, language and culture, and therewith of asymmetric social relationships between colonizers/evangelists and the colonized/evangelized.

  • Historiographies and individual life histories

The place and valuation of (Western) Christian missions, organizations and individual missionaries in local/national historical narratives; personal accounts and memories of missionaries and missionary institutions (schools, workshops, farms, hospitals, orphanages, etc.) as documented in interviews, (auto)biographies, oral traditions, etc.

  • Missionary legacies

The approach to, reminiscence and contestation of missions and missionaries in the ‘South’ as well as in the ‘North’ today (e.g. memorials, museum collections, buildings, literature, research, education, etc.); the tensions between heritagization, memorialization and mitigation of missionary/colonial history; the history of and the current positions in the debates on ethnological collections in the West originating from missionary activities, missionary archives, etc.

  • Architecture and spatial models

A re-engagement with the more archetypal research focus of missionary architecture (mission settlements, reductions, churches, schools, hospitals, etc.) could lead to, for example, exploring how the configuration of spatial models resonatedmissionary ambitions to restructure societalorganization on the whole; how local communities responded to the physical alteration of the landscape; how missionary activities/affected local conceptions of ‘space’ (natural, human, profane, sacred); how remaining missionary buildings or sites are seen/used/heritagized today.

  • Heuristics and methodology

We also invite methodological interventions that address the practical challenges that are involved when studying the histories of missions and missionaries, and missionary legacies in particular (through oral history, material sources, archival records, ethnographic descriptions, iconography, music/sounds, myths, legends, etc.)

Submission guidelines

We feel very strongly about innovative and interdisciplinary research, preferably from a comparative perspective; e.g. diachronic analyses, cross-cultural interactions, interreligious influences,interactions between the secular and profane, etc.

MiMoRA#2 will take place at KADOC-KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) from 5 to 13 September 2019. In order to apply, please visit our website and upload your research proposal (max. 1,500 words, including both your current research and, possibly, its link with col­lections held in Leuven), a CV (max. 1 page, with a picture and language skills), copies of your diplo­mas, a letter of motivation (ca. 500 words), and a letter of recommendation by your supervisor.

The deadline for submissions is 29 March 2019.

The selection of candidates will be based on the application file as well as on geographical and thematic criteria. This selection will take place before 1 May 2019.

All participants will be offered accommodation (with a maximum of 10 nights). Participants from beyond Europe and North America will be able to apply for funding for travel costs.

Afterwards, a number of research papers will be selected for an edited volume within the KADOC Mission and Modernity Studies published through Leuven University Press (GPRC).

Selection committee

  • Prof. Dr. Kim Christiaens (Director KADOC-KU Leuven)
  • Dr. Carine Dujardin (KADOC-KU Leuven)
  • Prof. Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven, Arts)
  • Prof. Dr. Dries Vanysacker (KU Leuven, Theology)
  • Dr. Jonas Van Mulder (KADOC-KU Leuven)
  • Prof. Dr. Pieter Verstraete (KU Leuven, Educational Sciences)

Lieux

  • Vlamingenstraat 39
    Louvain, Belgique (3000)

Dates

  • vendredi 29 mars 2019

Mots-clés

  • cultural history of missions, modernity, missionary heritage, memories and legacies, colonial and postcolonial history, missionary archives

Contacts

  • Van Mulder Jonas
    courriel : mimora [at] kuleuven [dot] be

Source de l'information

  • Van Mulder Jonas
    courriel : mimora [at] kuleuven [dot] be

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