The Basel Mission 1815-2015
Reviewing History–Tackling the Future
Septempber 24-26, 2015, Basel Switzerland
For the bicentenary of the Basel Mission we invite you to an international Symposium in Basel, to appraise the situation: which path has been chosen by the Basel Mission and the connected missions and churches? Where does the mission stand today in Europe and worldwide? What is the way for the future? Renowned specialists from universities and churches in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Great Britain, Ghana, South Africa, India, China, Chile and the USA will be participating. Seven Papers will outline the main topics, which will be closer elucidated in twelve panels. The symposium is an interdisciplinary platform to discuss three main points of focus:
- Polycentric Approaches to Mission History: Missionary involvement unfolded within great regional and cultural diversity. How can its history be viewed from African, Asian and Latin American vantage points? To what extent is the missionary factor to be seen as supplanting the cultures of its host communities or as strengthening their identities?
- Transformation of Mission: The missionary movement may be viewed and analysed as a pioneer global player which inspired social thought and forged an international network that subsists to this day and age. Which motives were crucial to distinct agents and what was their impact? How was mission perceived in various contact zones and what sort of transcultural dynamics did it set in motion? How can mission be interpreted in the light of transforming societies?
- Potential Values of Mission History for the Future of the Church: Previously missionized communities have evolved into autonomous and lively churches with their own evangelistic outreach. Global trends of cultural-religious change result in new general conditions for mission. Which tasks does mission intend to pursue in the future? How can insights derived from mission history be put to constructive use? How can diverse vantage points be brought together in an overall picture? What does the reversal of the missionary movement towards the West imply?
Missionary and Indigenous-Christian Journals and the Making of Transcontinental Christian Networks
The Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity at Liverpool Hope University in England and The Chair for Early and Global Church History at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich in Germany are pleased to announce a joint international conference on Missionary and Indigenous-Christian Journals and the Making of Transcontinental Christian Networks.
The organizers of this conference invite paper proposals on the contributions of missionary journals to any theme related to intercultural learning, cross-cultural networks of Christians, printing, selling, and reading habits, Christian ecumenism, interreligious understanding, international diplomacy, freedom movements, women liberation, developmental works to reduce poverty or to promote health, and academic disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, linguistics, and translation studies. The proposals should say how the missionary journals have or have not established transcontinental channels of communication in diverse fields. This conference will also provide opportunities for researchers to present the result of their case studies such as the Munich Research Group’s study on indigenous journals by Asian and African Christian leaders and their contributions to trans-regional and trans-continental networking. Proposals in this regard are also welcome.
When: Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5, 2015
Where: Hope Park Campus, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L16 9JD.
How to submit a proposal?
Email a 300-word proposal and your academic CV to Professor Daniel Jeyaraj (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before Tuesday 31 March 2015.
The Conference Committee will inform the selected proposals by mid-April 2015.