Dear Colleagues in Christianity and culture,
I want to bring to your attention to a Kickstarter Campaign I've just launched to raise matching funds for a pledge of $20,000 (US) to produce a documentary film about the life of Zimbabwe's gospel music legend, Machanic Manyeruke. As you'll see in the introductory video to the project Machanic Manyeruke's story carries profound lessons about issues of culture and Christianity, especially, but not only, about music and dance. And those lessons will be carried by Machanic's own moving personal story that will, you'll see in the introductory video on our Kickstarter page, connect with people around the world.
Those of you you have seen my African Christianity Rising will have heard Manyeruke's beautiful music which appears throughout Stories from Zimbabwe. Please visit the project page here to see what educational contributions this documentary film project will make:
Dr. James M. Ault, Jr.
James Ault Productions
P.O. Box 493, Northampton, MA 01061
USA Office phone: 413-587-9871
Documentary Film Samples
African Christianity Rising documentary film series
To Be Cared For:
The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum
To Be Cared For offers a unique view into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits (“untouchables”) in the South Indian city of Chennai. Focusing on the decision by many women to embrace locally specific forms of Pentecostal Christianity, Nathaniel Roberts challenges dominant anthropological understandings of religion as a matter of culture and identity, as well as Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a “foreign” ideology that disrupts local communities. Far from being a divisive force, conversion integrates the slum community—Christians and Hindus alike—by addressing hidden moral fault lines that subtly pit residents against one another in a national context that renders Dalits outsiders in their own land."Ordering information
Of special note: The journal Contemporary South Asia has just published a "book forum" on To Be Cared For. It comprises critical evaluations of author Nathaniel Roberts argument by David Mosse, Ania Loomba, Naomi Haynes, and John Harriss, to which I then respond.
The whole thing will be "open access" till the end of March.
An Intricate Anthropology of Care by David Mosse (pdf)
Conversion beyond "Rice Christians" by Naomi Haynes (pdf)
Caste, Class and the Urban Poor by John Harriss (pdf)
Recasting the Self by Ania Loomba (pdf)
To Be Cared For book forum: A response from the author by N. Roberts (pdf)
The David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research
The David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research is intended to support visiting researchers who come to the Yale Divinity Library to use its missions and world Christianity-related collections. This year we are happy to announce that $5,000 is available to subsidize the travel and accommodation expenses of individuals whose research would benefit from using the resources available at the Yale Divinity Library. It is our preference that the researchers visit the Yale Divinity Library in connection with the Yale-Edinburgh Group meeting of June 29 – July 1, 2017 and spend at least one week in residence in New Haven to use the collections. We will give preference to younger scholars who may lack institutional funding for research travel.
Because of financial regulations here, we can only use the funds to book travel for researchers and cover accommodations costs at OMSC or YDS; we cannot provide reimbursements or stipends. The number of fellowships distributed will depend on the travel/accommodation costs of the successful candidates. Individuals who have been awarded Stowe funding in the past will not be eligible for another award.
If you would like to be considered for an award from the Stowe Fund, please send a statement to email@example.com, indicating your area of research and the specific holdings of the Divinity Library that are of interest to you.
The library's catalog is available at http://orbis.library.yale.edu and guides to our Special Collections are available from http://web.library.yale.edu/divinity/special-collections. Please submit your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org via email attachment by February 17th and we will announce the winners of the 2017 Stowe Fellowships by February 24th.
Information about the June meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group is available at: http://divinity-adhoc.library.yale.edu/Yale-Edinburgh/2017y-einfo.htm
Kuyers Institute Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
The Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its upcoming 2017 conference, Christian Teaching and Learning: Pathways and Possibilities, to be held October 5-7 at the Prince Center, Calvin College. The conference invites paper submissions that deepen and extend conversations about themes such as justice, spirituality, virtues, practice, and imagination. How can these approaches help us understand the connection between “Christian” and “teaching and learning”? Scholarly papers are welcome from any discipline or area of educational activity and should focus on some aspect of pedagogy; theoretical and historical studies as well as accounts of practice are acceptable.
Paper proposals of 1–2 pages, including 100-word abstracts, should be sent via e-mail to email@example.com no later than May 12, 2017. For the full call for papers and registration information, visit www.calvin.edu/kuyers/.
World Christianities Essay Prize
Submissions are now open for the new World Christianities Essay Prize
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History is pleased to announce a new World Christianities Essay Prize of £500, funded in part by a generous donation from the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. The prize will be awarded each year to the author of an original research article on any subject relating to the history of Christianity outside Europe and North America since the year 700. Contributions are welcome from any historical subdiscipline and with any chronological or geographical focus within those parameters. Contributions will be assessed anonymously and are open to any author regardless of seniority or background. Entries from junior scholars are warmly encouraged.
The judges will be seeking to award the prize to an essay which displays rigorous and groundbreaking research, effectively communicated, and of significance to the wider discipline. The winning submission will be published as an article in the January 2018 number of the Journal, and the authors of other high-quality submissions may also be invited to publish in the Journal. The judges reserve the right not to make an award in the event that no submission meets the required standard.
Submissions should be prepared in accordance with the journal’s style guide and should not exceed 8,000 words, including notes.
The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2017, and the outcome of the competition will be announced in September 2017. Submissions should be sent as email attachments, with ‘World Christianities Prize’ in the subject line, to Mrs Mandy Barker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exemplary articles on World Christianities published in the journal to date are available to download.
Pope Francis shaping a College of Cardinals that is less European
New Study from Pew Research Center
Unless his reign is short, a Roman Catholic pontiff will appoint most of the men who choose his successor. But Pope Francis’ additions to the College of Cardinals since his election in 2013 also have served another purpose – tilting the leadership structure of the Roman Catholic Church away from its historic European base and toward the global south.
The Journal of African Christian Biography is a publication of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography, appearing in monthly fascicles which are then assembled in a cumulative issue at the end of the year. Its purpose is to showcase, interpret, and make more readily accessible biographical and historical resources in the field of African Christianity. These resources are intended for use in the classroom and in the church to foster a deeper understanding of the history of African Christianity at a local, regional, national, and continental level. The JACB will thus provide tools to undergird the development of contextual African theologies.
New Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative
The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.