The Christian Mission and the Religious Other: Multidirectional Perspectives in the Long Early Modern Period

The Christian Mission and the Religious Other: Multidirectional Perspectives in the Long Early Modern Period

Veranstalter
Rebekka Voß (Frankfurt), Birgit Emich (Frankfurt), Antje Flüchter (Bielefeld)
Veranstaltungsort
Goethe-University, Campus Westend, Casino, Room 1.801
Gefördert durch
DFG: SPP 2130 "Early Modern Translation Cultures" and Research Group "Polycentricity and Plurality of Premodern Christianities"
PLZ
60323
Ort
Frankfurt am Main
Land
Deutschland
Vom - Bis
13.02.2023 - 16.02.2023
Von
Avi Siluk

Focusing on the literary, cultural, and theological translation processes inherent to the evangelizing strategies of Christians, the conference highlights the role of missionary encounters in intercultural exchange. It explores the varied responses of those whom Christians attempted to missionize, in order to expose more nuanced dynamics of such interfaith interactions.

The Christian Mission and the Religious Other: Multidirectional Perspectives in the Long Early Modern Period

Missionizing is widely perceived as a form of oppressive power relations: one side is active and hegemonic, while the other is either passive and submissive or entirely oppositional. Recent scholars of religion have begun to expose a more nuanced dynamic, revealing the impact of space and polycentricity on missionary Christianities and highlighting the role of missionary encounters in intercultural exchange, including, among other things, how missionizing affected knowledge transfer. The varied responses of the religious other in this relationship, beyond conversion, have yet to receive sufficient scholarly attention. Our workshop pursues this burgeoning line of inquiry, focusing on the literary, cultural, and theological translation processes inherent to the evangelizing strategies of Christian missionaries and taking into account the agency of those whom Christians attempted to missionize. The aim of the conference is to investigate the manifold ramifications of these translational encounters, from agreement and conversion to conflict and rejection, changing strategies on both sides, religious syncretism, and cultural productivity.

Programm

Monday, Feb. 13, 2023

14:30–15:00 Welcome & Introduction
(Rebekka Voß, Frankfurt am Main & Antje Flüchter, Bielefeld)

15:00–16:00 Birgit Emich (Frankfurt am Main): Space, Scale and Mission: Some Theoretical Remarks

16:00–16:30 Coffee

Asia
Chair: Antje Flüchter (Bielefeld)

16:30–17:30 Ana Hosne (Paris): Chinese Views of Jesuit Missionaries’ Works in an Anti-Christian Atmosphere during the Late Ming Period (17th Century)

17:30–18:30 Katja Triplett (Leipzig): Iconoclasm in Translational Encounters in Japan

19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023

10:00–11:00 Giulia Nardini (Bielefeld): The Role and the Characters of the Tamil Agency in 16th-Century Jesuit Documents

11:00–12:00 Ines Zupanov (New Delhi): Writing God’s Life for Mughals and Gentiles in the 16th–17th Centuries

12:00–13:30 Lunch

Europe
Chair: Xenia von Tippelskirch (Frankfurt am Main)

13:30–14:30 Viktor Brekhunenko (Kyiv): Religious Conversions on the Christian-Muslim Steppe Frontier in the Late Sixteenth and Mid-Seventeenth Centuries

14:30–15:30 Samuela Marconcini (Empoli/Florence): Missionary Activity Towards Jews and Muslims in the House of Catechumens in the Italian Peninsula (XVII–XVIII Centuries): The Case of Florence

15:30–16:00 Coffee

16:00–17:00 Rebekka Voß (Frankfurt am Main): Dialogues between Protestant Missionaries and Jewish Reformers in Eighteenth-Century Germany)

17:00–18:00 Agnieszka Jagodzińska (Wroclaw): Missionaries, Jews, and the other Other: The Case of the London Society for Promoting Christianity amongst the Jews

18:30 Dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023

Africa
Chair: Cornelia Aust (Bielefeld)

10:00–11:00 Leonardo Cohen Shabot (Be’er Sheva): Afonso Mendes, the Catholic Patriarch of Ethiopia (1625–1632): The Obsolete Sacraments of the Old Law: The Case of Circumcision

11:00–12:00 Richard Hölzl (Munich): Collecting and Exhibiting the Religious Other: Multi-Directional Approaches to Missionary Collections of East African Cultural Objects from Colonial Contexts

12:00–14:00 Lunch

Persia
Chair: Avi Siluk (Frankfurt am Main)

14:00–15:00 Benno Herr (Frankfurt am Main): Jesus, Muhammad, Mahdi: Religious Encounters with Muslims in the Persianate World in the Travel Accounts of the Missionary Joseph Wolff (1795–1862)

15:00–15:30 Coffee

America
Chair: Elena Parina (Bonn)

15:30–16:30 Martina Schrader-Kniffki (Mainz): Idolatry as a Strategy: Indigenous Responses to Dominican Missionary Work (New Spain, XVII–XVIII Century)

16:30–17:30 Zsolt Györegy (Oslo): Translating the Guarani in the Platine Basin: Antonio Ruiz de Montoya's Spiritual Conquest (1639)

19:00 Diner

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023

Chair: Bruno Boute (Frankfurt am Main)

10:00–11:00 Zanna van Loon (Leuven/Antwerp): Knowledge in the Making: Studying Early Modern Missionary Linguistics from a Book Historical Perspective

11:00–12:00 Barbara Alge (Frankfurt am Main): Musical Legacies of Colonial Encounters in Minas Gerais with a Focus on Música Sacra

12:00–12:30 Coffee & Sandwiches

12:30–13:00 Concluding Discussion

Kontakt

Avi Siluk
E-Mail: siluk@em.uni-frankfurt.de

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