„History does not only take place in time, but also in space“. This statement of the historian Karl Schlögel applies particularly to the history of Christian Mission in the 19th and 20th century. Whereas modern Catholic and Protestant proselytisation was initially very much connected to the European nation states’ colonial expansion of power, it became a subject of far reaching processes of transformation, showing national, ideological, institutional, cultural as well as individual dimensions after the Great War.
„Missionaries of the 19th and the incipient 20th century belonged to the probably most entangled professional group” (Rebekka Habermas). The Catholic missionary orders and Protestant mission societies they were members of, may be regarded as global networks for the exchange of ideas, persons and goods between their European home countries and the non-European territories and societies their missionary endeavour was concentrating on. Thus, not only geographical spaces were connected to each other, additionally new relational and communicative spaces emerged.
The term „missionary spaces“ refers to different physical, social and imagined spaces evolving from transnational, transregional and translocal missionary activities. Due to its interdependencies they are to be considered overlapping and entangled. They include concrete places of encounter and cultural exchange, concurrently serving the globally acting religious communities for internal communication and the transfer of products and perceptions. “Missionary spaces” are affected by hierarchic and hegemonic demands as well as by collective and individual negotiations. Mission periodicals, the home abbey, private correspondences and records, the mission station, a school or social projects, a mission museum or the missionary order itself can be understood in this way.
For a long time, mission history has been a domain of confessional church history and missiology. The planned special edition “Missionary Spaces” intends to present the topic from an interdisciplinary perspective merging current research works from the area of historical, social and cultural sciences and gender studies. In European archives of mission societies and missionary orders as well as in collections in the former mission territories substantial source material is to be found in order to explore missionary interdependencies between Europe and the world, interactions of missionaries and locals, reasons for missionary migration or social discourses and mutual perceptions.
The editors of the ÖZG special edition „Missionary Spaces“ invite to send in proposals for articles adapting debates on concepts, methods and theories or open up new fields of research. Contributions in German and English are accepted. The proposals will be selected by January 2012, the articles of 50.000-80.000 characters are to be handed in until May, 31st 2012.
Abstracts of 6.000-8.000 characters (includ. space characters, annotations and short CV) may be sent to Dr. Martina Gugglberger (Martina.Gugglberger@jku.at) and/or Christine Egger, M.A. (Christine.Egger@gsi.uni-muenchen.de) by November, 15th 2011.
Dr. Martina Gugglberger
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Institut für Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
4040 Linz, Austria
+42 (732) 24 68-9215
Christine Egger, M.A.
Ludwig Maximilians University Munich
Geschwister Scholl Institute for Political Science
80538 Munich, Germany
+49 (89) 21 80-9033
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