MiMoRA#3: Christian-Muslim Missionary Interactions

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Mission and Modernity Research Academy
Leuven | 3-10 November 2020

MiMoRA#3:
Christian-Muslim Missionary Interactions: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

KADOC, KU Leuven

The study of missionary work occupies a central place in the interdisciplinary body of scholarship on relations and exchanges between Christianity and Islam in pre-modern as well as modern times. Most notably from the 19th century onwards, missions became an essential aspect of the globalization and modernization of these two ‘world religions’. Tying in with the increased recognition of the importance of studying religious cultures not separately but together in dynamic interaction, scholars from various disciplines discover the missionary encounter as a ‘space’ par excellence to observe and analyse Christian-Muslim interactions – which range from rejection and conflict to dialogue and mutual exchange.

Increasingly, missionary history is studied in its manifestation in the multiplicity of individual missionary encounters and personal narratives, challenging narratives of homogeneous missiology and casting new light on the reciprocal implications between missionary activities and non-Christian local cultures. This approach has been particularly fruitfully applied to the history of Christian missionary encounters with Islam. In the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Protestant missionary societies and Catholic congregations became increasingly preoccupied with the practical and theological interaction with Islam, its peoples and traditions. This made tensions grow between the evangelizing objectives of the missionary endeavor on the one hand, and the awareness that some form of negotiation was a prerequisite to interaction with local groups and competing missionary actions on the other.

The scholarly interest in this history has resulted in a series of innovative studies that deal with Christian-Muslim interactions, dialogues and confrontations in colonial and/or missionary settings in Central and Northern Africa, West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and other regions. Earlier studies of Christian-Muslim interactions were often very much grounded in traditional Christian missiological perspectives, focused on interreligious conflicts over contentious issues, or approached missionaries foremost as intermediaries for international relationships and as engineers of imagining the Islamic world. By contrast, the most recent strand of research is characterized by a keen attention to individual everyday contacts between Christian missionaries and Muslims, mutual impressions and imageries, and the relationship between these micro-level events and macro-level developments.

In the wake of this, scholars have also become interested in giving due attention to the ways in which Muslim communities themselves experienced and responded to Christian missionary endeavors, and of their various positions in their encounter with missionary work and writings in their different local religious, social and colonial settings. Research on Christian-Muslim missionary encounters should also be connected to the currently burgeoning field of inquiry into the presence and activities of Muslims as transnational actors in Europe, Muslim interactions and encounters with and in Western societies, and Muslim understanding of Christianity. Recent analyses of Muslim missionaries in Europe during the colonial age have shed light on a Muslim ‘reverse’ missionary movement as well: from Indian Ahmadi missionaries propagating their faith in Britain to Muslim missionaries introducing Islam and distributing Islamic literature in the United States as early as the 1890’s. The missionary impulse was clearly not an exclusive prerogative of Christianity, but is also related to Islam: both are missionary religions by nature, although with different interpretations of what ‘mission’ entailed. How did Muslims use their Da’wa (missionary) strategies in their response to Christian missionary critical writings of Islam, proving Islam as a modern religion and converting Europeans to Islam?

Research Academy

The study of Christian-Muslim missionary interactions in the nineteenth and twentieth century requires the breaching of the boundaries between disciplines, languages, scripts, archival heuristics, geographical and chronological specialisms; and, thus, the creation of an interdisciplinary scholarly dialogue. The aim of MiMoRA#3 is therefore to stimulate further critical study of the multi-lateral research on Christian-Muslim contacts and relationships in missionary contexts by setting up an international and multidisciplinary week-long research academy. We are seeking contributions for this conference and planned edited volume that offer reflections on topics such as (but not limited to):

Paper Topics

  • Reactions to Christian/Muslim missionary activities in the fields of education, literacy, health care, etc. – Space-settings of Christian/Muslim encounter-interaction
  • Muslim responses to (Western) Christian missions and their mutual contacts and polemics with indigenous (oriental) Christians
  • The agency of Islamic activism in transforming the practices and thinking of Christian missionaries – Muslim responses to Christian interventions into Islamic religious practice, such as the Christian-led translations of the Qur’an, inter alia in Yoruba (Nigeria) and Swahili (Zanzibar)
  • The role of secular authorities in determining the modalities and limits of Christians/Muslim missionary (inter)action.
  • Christian missionaries as actors in opposing and mobilizing anticolonial nationalism and pan-Islamist movements
  • The role/position of (local) converts from and to both religions in the Christian/Muslim encounter-interaction
  • Ideas and practices regarding evangelization and proselytism; theological and practical preparations of missionaries for their encounter with Christianity/Islam
  • How did nineteenth century Da’wa movements historically relate to Christian missiology, and what are the parallels and differences between both movements
  • Official policies adopted (by organizations, congregations, or church-wide) towards missionary contacts with Christianity/Islam
  • Representations of childhood as an outcome of Christian/Muslim interactions and educational programs
  • The use of audiovisual media (photography, film, radio) and printed works (magazines, books, ephemera) for promotional or polemical purposes
  • (Case studies that focus on) influential personae, networks, publications, emblematic dialogues, conflicts, debates, etc.

Practical

MiMoRA#3 will take place at KADOC-KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) from 3 to 10 November. In order to apply, please upload your research proposal (max. 1,500 words, including both your current research and, preferably, its link with collections held in Leuven), a CV (max. 1 page), and a letter of motivation (ca. 500 words) via the webpage http://www.kadoc. kuleuven.be/mimora. The deadline for submissions is May 1st 2020. The selection of candidates will be based on the application file as well as on geographical and thematic criteria. Notifications of acceptance: May 25th 2020.

All participants will be offered accommodation (with a maximum of 9 nights). Participants from beyond Europe and North America will be able to apply for funding for travel costs. A number of research papers will be selected for an edited volume within the series Leuven Studies in Mission and Modernity published through Leuven University Press (GPRC). The conference language is English.

Information and Applications

Website: www.kadoc.kuleuven.be/mimora
Email: mimora@kuleuven.be

Organizing Committee

John Chesworth (University of Birmingham)
Kim Christiaens (KADOC-KU Leuven)
Nadia Fadil (KU Leuven)
Marit Monteiro (Radboud Universiteit)
Amr Ryad (KU Leuven)
Gerard Wiegers (University of Amsterdam)

 

Source:
KADOC, https://kadoc.kuleuven.be/english/3_research/31_ourresearch/mimora/cfp-mimora-3.pdf

 

The Archives of the Religious Orders

SUMMER WORKSHOP
Istituto Sangalli per la storia e le culture religiose
Rome | 22–26 June 2020

The Archives of the Religious Orders: a New Perspective on Global Catholicism

The Sangalli Institute for the religious history and cultures, Florence

 

The Sangalli Institute for the religious history and cultures of Florence is pleased to announce its first workshop on the central archives of the religious orders. This workshop will focus on the archives of some important religious orders and on their materials, providing especially, but non only, to young scholars in Humanities a new perspective on global Catholicism from the early-modern period until the contemporary age. The workshop will offer a multi-disciplinary approach to the role played by the religious orders and their impact from an historical, ethno-anthropological and art historical point of view, and on a global scale.

This workshop will be particularly useful for any students enrolled in graduate and Ph.D. programs in history, but also for archivists, museum curators, anthropologists and established scholars who are currently working on global missionary history, and global Catholicism. The seminar will consist of morning lectures on the history of some crucial catholic religious orders, archival research, and palaeography. Participants will be encouraged to introduce their current or future researches in order to have useful feedbacks from the archivists and professors involved in the seminar. The afternoon sessions will be devoted to visit a selected group of archives of the same religious orders. The morning classes will include practical exercises and reading/comprehension of the documents and will be held at the Sala Achille Erba in the Barnabite complex of San Carlo ai Catinari, Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 117, in the very centre of Rome.

During the seminar the following archives will be visited:

  1. Historical Archives of the Franciscan Friars
  2. General Archives of the Capuchin Friars
  3. Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu
  4. General Archives of the Missionaries of saint Charles Borromeo (Scalabrinians)
  5. Central Archives of the Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (Combonians)

The seminar’s list of lectures will include: Introduction to Archival Research in Rome; The Historical Archives of the Franciscan Friars: Brief History and Structure; Archival Research in the General Archives of the Capuchin Friars; The Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu: Brief History and Structure; Archival Research in the General Archives of the Missionaries of saint Charles Borromeo (Scalabrinians); Archival Research in the Central Archives of the Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (Combonians); Laboratories on Manuscripts & Documents: Language, Scripts, Conventions, Dating & Documentary Typologies.

The lectures and the laboratories will be held by Proff. Matteo Binasco (University for foreigners of Siena); Giuseppe Buffon (Pontifical University Antonianum of Rome); Michele Camaioni (University of Roma Tre); Sabina Pavone (University of Macerata); Matteo Sanfilippo (University of Viterbo); Massimo Zaccaria (University of Pavia).

A basic knowledge of Italian is recommended, but no previous archival and palaeographic experience is required. Students will be encouraged to develop and improve their current researches by meeting with the archivists and the professors in order to plan future research-trips to Rome, and more broadly to Italy.

Prospective applicants should send to the following e-mail address: segreteria@istitutosangalli.it

  1. a one-page CV
  2. a brief statement letter (no more than one A4 page) in which they explain how this seminar will improve their research.

The above email address should also be used for any queries pertaining to administrative details, course tuition and general information. Information about possible accommodations in Rome will also be provided.

Cost of the seminar (including the morning lectures and visit to the archives): 1.000,00 € (one thousand euros).

Up to a maximum of 3 registrations amounting at € 600,00 (six hundred euros) each will be reserved to master students, not yet graduated nor enrolled in a Ph.D. program. The selection will be made on the basis of their motivations to the participation to the workshop and the relevance of their researches.

The registrations will be closed as soon as the number of 12 participants will be reached. We invite therefore, if interested, to send the applications as soon as possible, in order to book ahead flights and accommodations in Rome during that week.

Deadline for application: 30 April 2020

 

Source:

https://www.istitutosangalli.it/en/announcements/the-central-archives-of-the-religious-orders-lectures-workshops-guided-tours/

https://www.istitutosangalli.it/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Summer-workshop-archives-religious-orders.1.pdf

The Archives of the Holy See: An Introduction

WINTER WORKSHOP
Istituto Sangalli per la storia e le culture religiose
Rome | 20–24 January 2020

The Archives of the Holy See: An Introduction

The Sangalli Institute for the religious history and cultures, Florence

 

The Sangalli Institute for the religious history and cultures of Florence is pleased to announce its first seminar on the Archives of the Holy See, which will be held in the third week of January 2020 in Rome. The key aim of the seminar is to introduce young scholars and students in Humanities to the main Archives of the Holy See, with special emphasis on the early-modern and modern period, and how to access and use the documentation preserved therein. Students will be introduced to the history of the Papal Curia and its archives and will learn how to read and examine the different types of documents preserved in the most important archives of the Holy See. This seminar will be particularly useful for any students enrolled in graduate programs in early-modern and modern history, but also for archivists, museum curators, and scholars who are currently working on the history of Roman Catholicism from different points of view. The seminar will consist of morning lectures on the history of the Papal Curia, archival research, and palaeography. The afternoon sessions will be devoted to visit a selected group of archives of the Holy See. The morning classes will include practical exercises and reading/comprehension of the documents.

During the seminar the following archives will be visited:

  1. Vatican Secret Archives
  2. Historical Archives of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People (de Propaganda Fide)
  3. Archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
  4. Archives of the Vicariate of Rome
  5. Archives of the Fabbrica di San Pietro

The seminar’s list of lectures will include:
Introduction to Archival Research in Rome; The Vatican Secret Archives: Brief History and Structure; Archival Research in the Archives of the Fabbrica di San Pietro; Archival Research in the Archives of the Vicariate of Rome; Archival Research in the Archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Archival Research in the Archives of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People (de Propaganda Fide); Laboratories on Manuscripts & Documents: Language, Scripts, Conventions, Dating & Documentary Typologies.

The lectures and the laboratories will be held, among the others, by Proff. Matteo Binasco (University for foreigners of Siena); Benedetta Borello (University of Cassino); Irene Fosi (University of Chieti), Massimo C. Giannini (University of Teramo); Giuseppe Mrozek Eliszezynski (University of Chieti); Giovanni Pizzorusso (University of Chieti).

A basic knowledge of Italian is recommended, but no previous archival and palaeographic experience is required. Students will be encouraged to develop and improve their current researches by meeting with the archivists and the senior scholars in order to plan future research-trips to Rome, and more broadly to Italy.

Prospective applicants should send to the following e-mail address: segreteria@istitutosangalli.it

  1. a one-page CV
  2. a brief statement letter (no more than one A4 page) in which they explain how this seminar will improve their research.

The above email address should also be used for any queries pertaining to administrative details, course tuition and general information.

Cost of the seminar (including the morning lectures and visit to the archives): 1.000,00 € (one thousand euros).

Deadline for application: 1 December 2019

 

Source:
https://www.istitutosangalli.it/en/announcements/the-archives-of-the-holy-see-lectures-workshops-guided-tours
https://www.istitutosangalli.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Winter-Roman-Workshop-Call.pdf (accessed on 1 October 2019)

Read more:
Rinald D’Souza, “The Shift in the Vatican Archives”, Historia Domus, 10 March 2019, https://historiadomus.net/2019/03/10/the-shift-in-the-vatican-secret-archives (accessed on 1 October 2019)

Technique and Religion: Technical Cultures, Beliefs, Circulations from Antiquity until Today

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International Symposium
Paris | 14–15 September 2020

Technique and Religion: Technical Cultures, Beliefs, Circulations from Antiquity until Today
Technique et religion: cultures techniques, croyances, circulations de l’Antiquité à nos jours

Organized by the Centre Alexandre-Koyré (EHESS, CNRS, MNHN), Paris

 

The purpose of this symposium is to offer the opportunity and the place to conduct a reflection on the relationship between technique and religion. Until recently, the history of social sciences has reserved a relatively marginal place to technique as a sphere of human activity, instead taking as objects of study areas where the coherence of a collective consciousness is manifest, notably religious practice. A separation was drawn between the primacy that then-emerging sociology granted to the religious fact as a basic social phenomenon (Emile Durkheim) on the one hand, and instrumental practices, which were therefore limited to the infra-social domain of individual organic subsistence, on the other hand. Technique and religion, two fundamental forms of discovery and of constitution of experience, have thus, in the social sciences, given rise to divergent “interests of knowledge” that historically account for the selection and formulation of objects of knowledge. Yet history of techniques and history of religion have never ceased to interact, often in a conflicting manner.

Interferences between techniques and religions belong, on one side, to the history of thought, of dogmas and of their interpretations. On the one hand, for instance stands Alfred Espinas’s model, i.e. the progressive secularization of techniques, which he believed marked the discontinuity between the archaic and classical periods. According to this scheme, the “physico-theological” period, which stretches from the 8th to the 5th century BC, was characterized by the influence of the religious feeling upon artisan action. Techniques were conceived as divine gifts and their transmission was exclusively based on imitation and tradition. The period of the organon, which extends from the 5th to the 4th century BC, is characterized by the increasing differentiation of professions and the secularization of practices. This model, which is based on a questionable use of sources, was endorsed by Jean-Pierre Vernant. Yet the time has come to problematize and discuss it. Another example is the movement of secularization of religions and desacralization of nature, associated with monotheisms, themselves perceived as levers of knowledge, of exploitation of nature and, possibly, of the pursuit of profit, since the Middle Ages or the Reformation, according to the authors. Technique is tightly interwoven into these rationales, but it has also been disconnected from them. As early as in the 19th century onwards, the cult of progress and industry –which has been studied thoroughly and has been renewed– paved the way for a secularized eschatology that some thinkers at the turn of the 20th century could magnify for their hope in the advent of socialism and of a society emancipated by labour. Critical and distanced analyses elaborated in the 20th century, whether by Lynn White, David Noble or Pierre Musso, highlight the dogmatic value of the sacralization of progress and its blinding effect. These approaches are currently subject to several types of questioning. How does the philosophy of techniques analyse these shifting movements between religion and technique? Should we follow Gilbert Simondon and his definition of universalism, as a shared “primitive” reality, technique being “even more primitive than religion”, because of its original, consubstantial relationship with life? What about anthropologists? Another set of questions address the current uses of the theoretical analyses of the link between technology and religion. The “Needham question” made religion a key argument to explain China’s so-called decline from the Song dynasty onwards. This theme, as well as techniques more broadly, is absent from Kenneth Pomeranz’s demonstration but it has been raised afresh by historians concerned with broadening the scope of the analysis of the Great Divergence. Which has ignited debates. Should macro-historical perspectives and generalizations be adopted to analyse interferences between technology and religion? Should we compare religious systems, cosmogonies or even temporal constructions on a global scale? Finally, what is meant by religion and by technique? Should we not, instead, evoke cosmogonies, representations of the universe, of its construction and harmony, and should we not disconnect the techniques from an economic (economist) perspective that associates them with the search for competitive advantages and profit, notions quite alien to the expectations placed in “effective action” in many a civilization?

This leads us to a second part of the reflection: the interferences between techniques and religion in the worlds of practice. The material dimension of techniques in religions is at the heart of much recent research which, far from adopting a level of generality as it often used to, adopts an anthropological and ethnological point of view (rituals, magic, ceremonies, conventual craft, etc.). Whilst the religious universe is often considered in the light of spirituality alone — that as the case for example for European scholars after the Reformation — many studies highlight the spirituality of techniques on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the importance of objects, gestures, techniques and even their codification in religious practice. These relationships also entail the production of images and performances (see early modern Christianity). Technical artefacts can represent religious ideas and, conversely, religious imagery can represent techniques and instruments. They differ from the great narratives and theorizations for they tap into other sources. What are the archives, objects, images for this material history of religions and techniques? What conceptual tools and methods of analysis are employed to conduct this study at the crossroads of the history of techniques and of the social sciences? Can these approaches renew generalizations on a global scale, through a localized analysis as it appears to be the case for Buddhist temples in China? Can they also allow for a reframing of the question of cosmogonies in a more concrete way? In this sense, what place should be given to magic and according to which definitions, if any comparative perspective should be implemented? Finally, intercultural circulation of rituals and artefacts, dynamics of borrowing and interactions between religious and technical circulations should also be tackled. The theme is vast and also questions the relationship of religious communities to techniques, be they their traditional assignments (including the negation of the relationship to techniques), their questioning, the community claims made by means of techniques, or the role of brokers, such as Jesuits (and their converts), in Asia and South America, and many other less visible intermediaries, who are beginning to be identified.

To answer these research questions, there is no restriction to one specific religion, territory or period. On the contrary, religions and cultural areas will be mobilized in their diversity in order to promote an inclusive conceptualization of the relationships between techniques and religions. Special attention will be also paid to developments and circulations at work across time and space. It will be the contributors’ task to define the frameworks and limits of these relationships, while highlighting the specific characteristics of the religions, spirituality, or techniques investigated, in order to foster collective reflection on these interactions and not to impose an a priori conception of their nature or forms. Finally, even though the symposium is based on a historical approach, this call is open to papers from various disciplines (anthropology, ethnology, sociology, philosophy, geography, economics).

  • Proposals should be submitted by the 30th of November 2019 to liliane.perez@wanadoo.fr
  • It is required to join: the title of the paper, an abstract and a CV.
  • Languages: English and French.

Executive committee: Guillaume Carnino (Univ. of Technology, Compiègne/COSTECH), Liliane Hilaire-Pérez (Univ. of Paris/ICT-EHESS-CAK/IUF), Leopoldo Iribarren (EHESS/ANHIMA), Chuan-Hui Mau (Univ. Tsing Hua, Taïwan/ICT), Evelyne Oliel-Grausz (Univ. Paris1/IHMC), Sébastien Pautet (Univ. of Paris/ICT)

Scientific committee: Alain Arrault (EFEO), Gianenrico Bernasconi (Univ. of Neuchâtel), Cléo Carastro (EHESS/ANHIMA), Charlotte de Castelnau (Univ. of Paris/ICT), Philip Cho (Yonsei University, Underwood International College), Ludovic Coupaye (University College, London), Karel Davids (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Pierre-Antoine Fabre (EHESS/CeSoR), Hélène Joubert (Direction of collections for Africa, Museum of Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac), Pierre Musso (Univ. of Rennes/LAS), Perig Pitrou (CNRS/LAS), Patrick O’Brien (LSE), Olivier Raveux (CNRS/TELEMME), Catherine Verna (Univ. Paris 8/ARSCAN).

 

Source:
http://koyre.ehess.fr/index.php?3020

Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

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Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

FALL: 2–4 December 2019
Somerville College, Oxford University

SPRING: 26–27 March 2020
Queens College, Oxford University

The upcoming 17th International Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers by scholars who have a particular interest in the study of religion. Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary’s Church and Fellow of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford, will host the meeting.

You are invited to make a presentation and lead a discussion of a relevant aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to participate as a panel member or as an observer. Your disquisition must adhere to an abstract of about 300 words approved by the Programme Committee of the Symposium. You are also encouraged to submit a paper, in keeping with your abstract, which may be published in an appropriate journal or book of conference proceedings. All papers presented for publication or inclusion in books or sponsored journals will be subject to peer review by external readers.

Topics

The listing is not intended to be exhaustive and is not conceived as placing constraints on the substance or type of research that may be presented at the Symposium

  • Religion, Politics, and Public Discourse
  • Religion & Climate Change
  • Conflict of Religions
  • Gender and Religion
  • Family Planning
  • Women’s Health Care
  • Separation of Church and State
  • State Funding of Clerical Schools
  • Religious Tolerance
  • Religion and Racial Segregation
  • History of World Christianity
  • Religion in America
  • African Religions
  • Native American Religions
  • Religious Traditions of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Asian Religions
  • East Asian Religions (Buddhism, Indigenous Traditions)
  • Indian Religions (Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism)
  • Islamic Studies
  • Judaic Studies
  • Secularism
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religious Ethics
  • Theology

Abstract Submissions

Abstract Submission and Registration is open for the Fall 2019 session and the Spring 2020 session of the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. Abstracts and Presentation Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis and notifications sent within ten days of submission.

FALL Session
2-4 December 2019 at Somerville College, Oxford University
Abstract submission: 15 November 2019
Early registration: 16 September 2019
Regular registration: 17 November 2019

SPRING Session
26-27 March 2020 at the Queens College, Oxford University
Abstract submission: 8 March 2020
Early registration: 15 December 2020
Regular registration: 10 March 2020

Abstracts for the proposed papers are approved by the Programme Committee of the Symposium. The Committee evaluates the abstracts of the papers using four general criteria.

  • First, the presentation must advance knowledge as to theory and/or practice.
  • Second, the research supporting the paper must be well documented.
  • Third, content must evidence research competence.
  • Fourth, the paper, as finally submitted, must be well written, clear and stylistically correct.

Submit here: https://www.oxfordsymposiumonreligiousstudies.com/abstract-submissions

 

Source:
https://www.oxfordsymposiumonreligiousstudies.com
(accessed on 10 October 2019)

XI International Conference on Missionary Linguistics

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XI International Conference on Missionary Linguistics
Santa Rosa | 3-5 March 2020

Continuities and breaks in 19th century missionary linguistics

Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina

The International Conference on Missionary Linguistics focuses on older texts (colonial, postcolonial, mainly from missionaries) with the following objectives: the history of linguistics, linguistic documentation, translation studies and sociocultural analysis. The aim of historical linguistics is to describe older stages of languages as well as (processes of) language change, while the history of linguistics studies early thinking on languages, linguistic typologies and structures. These studies are often interrelated with those of the cultural context in which colonial and postcolonial societies developed. Non-Western languages are our main focus.

The interdisciplinary approach that has enriched so many areas of science is one of the determining marks of Missionary Linguistics. Understood as a branch of linguistic historiography, it presents as a differential characteristic, according to Hernández (2013: 225–226) the fact that it refers to linguistic works produced in non-Indo-European–“exotic”–languages, whose authors are persons representing the religious field, and serving a didactic purpose.

The contributions of typological-descriptive linguistics, history, anthropology, sociolinguistics, ethnolinguistics, and linguistic documentation converge in the transversal disciplinary space set up by Missionary Linguistics.  The result is a varied set of epistemological perspectives that come together for a better understanding of the linguistic descriptions that emerged during the process of evangelization, and which constitute the central object of the discipline, as well as the works of religious instruction that complement them: catechisms, confessionals, doctrines, sermons, etc.

Furthermore, as these works are socially, ideologically and theologically marked, they are anchored in a particular context and respond to a specific communicative need. The possibilities of analytical output based on missionary sources are enhanced through the perspective of pragmatics, religious studies, sociocultural analysis, translation and intercultural studies, among others.

The previous Conferences – Oslo, São Paulo, Macau-Hong Kong, Valladolid (Spain), Mérida (Mexico), Tokyo, Bremen, Lima, Manila – placed an emphasis on phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicography, translation and pragmatics. The tenth conference focused on sources from Asia:

Proposed Topic

This 11th Conference proposes as central topic – but not exclusive – the situation of Missionary Linguistics during the 19th century. In a context in which new colonial expansionist powers (and new missionary enterprises) emerge, the number of “exotic” languages to understand, describe and document increases substantially. This period, marked by linguistic diversity in space and time – languages that come from Africa, Australia and northern and southern America, as well as the romantic interest for dialects as a heritage of the past – favours reflections about the relationship between language, thought and culture. The knowledge of different languages also contributes to the development of comparative linguistics, inspired in turn by advances in the natural sciences.

Some possible lines of research:

  • Missionary linguistics in the 19th century: inheritances and innovations regarding methodology, objectives, recipients and pedagogical strategies;
  • Linguistic works of the missionaries in the context of 19th-century colonialism and decolonization processes;
  • Reception and use of the missionary linguistic documentation for academic purposes;
  • Contributions of missionary linguistics for the development of modern linguistic theory;
  • Technical advances in the (re)edition of missionary sources.

As in the previous Conferences, contributions outside the proposed topics are equally welcome, as long as they conform with the time limit of ca. 1920.

Abstracts Submissions

Abstracts of papers (30 minutes including discussion) should contain the name of the speaker, full contact address (including email address), the title and a summary of the paper (maximally 500 words).

Deadline for abstracts: November 1st, 2019.

Notification of acceptance: December 1st, 2019.

Contact

linguisticamisionera2020@gmail.com

 

Source:
https://missionarylinguistics2020.wordpress.com (accessed on 5 October 2019)

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