Mission and Modernity Research Academy
Leuven | 13-21 September 2018

MiMoRA: Missionaries and Education

KADOC, KU Leuven

MiMoRA wants to re-invigorate international research on missionaries by bringing together scholars and methodologies; stimulating research in collections and sources; and generating new research projects and publications. It aims at bringing together expertise, steer it towards new thematic frontiers by providing a forum for academic debate and creating new networks for young scholars across the globe. KU Leuven has a long research tradition in the field of missionaries and also hosts unique and internationally relevant collections (archives and libraries). MiMoRA is coordinated by KADOC, the interfaculty Documentation and Research Center on Religion Culture and Society at KU Leuven.

By means of an open call for papers, MiMoRa wants to invite young scholars – about half from Europe and about half from the Global South – and host them in Leuven. On the one hand, they will be acquainted with the Leuven missionary sources. During a workshop, they will be introduced to the Leuven collections, the research tools (LIAS, Limo, ODIS, …) and the Leuven expertise. Participants will be able to consult the sources relevant for their own cases, such as the archives of Jesuits, Capuchins, Franciscans, Dominicans, and Scheut, as well as many periodicals and books in English, French, Spanish and local languages. On the other hand, the invited scholars will present and discuss their work during a seminar, together with a number of invited guest-speakers.

The Research Academy welcomes researchers working on all types of topics related to Christian missionaries and education in the modern era (1850-), both in a colonial and a postcolonial context. It will address analysis of agency, target audiences, curricula, material culture, heritage, etc. preferably from a comparative perspective (e.g. cross-cultural, diachronic, Catholic/Protestant, …).

It obviously is very interested in the religious factor, including inter-religious collaboration or inspiration, as well as the relationship with the secular and the profane. Education is interpreted in a broad way, and includes different types and levels of education (private/public, elementary, secondary, university, business and management schools…) in various pedagogical contexts (e.g. catechesis, health prevention, radio & cinema, etc.).

MiMoRA I will take place in Leuven from 13 to 21 September 2018. All participants will be offered accommodation (with a maximum of ten nights); participants from beyond Europe and North America will also receive funding for travel costs.

In order to apply, please send your research proposal (max. 1,500 words, including both your current research and its link with Leuven collections), 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 via the application form on the webpage.

Deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018.


KADOC, (accessed on 1 April 2018)

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