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Missionary Spaces: Imagining, Building, Contesting Christianities in Africa and China, 1840-1960

Author/EditorCleys, Bram (Author)
De Maeyer, Jan (Author)
De Meulder, Bruno (Author)
Howard, Allen (Author)
ISBN: 9789462701441
Pub Date01/03/2024
BindingHardback
Pages240
Dimensions (mm)280(h) * 225(w)
The 'spatial turn' of missionary places
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Situated at the crossroads of missionary history, imperial history, and colonial architecture, the contributions in this volume investigate the architectural staging and spatial implications of the worldwide expansion of Christianity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By looking at specific architectural fragments, analysing the insertion of Christian edifices in colonial urban settings, or unravelling the social understanding of missionary places, each of the chapters contemplates an aspect of the agency of mission spaces.

Bringing together scholars from different disciplines, this book approaches missionary places not as the mere d cor against which the missionary encounter was enacted, but as an integral part of it. In doing so, the contributors test the applicability of the spatial turn, an interpretative paradigm that has been dominant across the humanities since the late 1990s, to missionary historiography.

Richly illustrated and with a global focus, the volume addresses case studies from, among other countries, China, Japan, Madagascar, Congo, Tanzania, Ghana, and Lebanon.

Situated at the crossroads of missionary history, imperial history, and colonial architecture, the contributions in this volume investigate the architectural staging and spatial implications of the worldwide expansion of Christianity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By looking at specific architectural fragments, analysing the insertion of Christian edifices in colonial urban settings, or unravelling the social understanding of missionary places, each of the chapters contemplates an aspect of the agency of mission spaces.

Bringing together scholars from different disciplines, this book approaches missionary places not as the mere d cor against which the missionary encounter was enacted, but as an integral part of it. In doing so, the contributors test the applicability of the spatial turn, an interpretative paradigm that has been dominant across the humanities since the late 1990s, to missionary historiography.

Richly illustrated and with a global focus, the volume addresses case studies from, among other countries, China, Japan, Madagascar, Congo, Tanzania, Ghana, and Lebanon.

Bram Cleys studied history at KU Leuven and is education officer at the University Centre for Development Cooperation (UCOS), a Belgian NGO. Jan De Maeyer is professor emeritus with formal duties at KU Leuven, honorary director of KADOC-KU Leuven, chairman of the Advisory Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Flemish Community (2017-2022), and president of the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome (2009-2018). Bruno De Meulder studied architecture at KU Leuven where he now teaches colonial and postcolonial urbanism in the Department of Architecture. Allen M. Howard is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin. He taught and does research in African and Atlantic history. He has written extensively on the application of spatial analysis to African history. Along with Michael Adas, he has taken a major role in developing and supervising the field of World and Comparative History.

INTRODUCTION Imagining, Building, Contesting Missionary Spaces Thomas Coomans PART ONE - IMAGINED WORLD / ADAPTED STRATEGIES 1 Spatial Trajectories and Missionary and Colonial Movements into Northwest Ghana since 1929: Dagara Reception of Catholic Missionary Activities Alexis B. Tengan 2 Redeeming Ukamba: Word and World, 1893-1905 Maarten Onneweer 3 Islands on the Mainland: Catholic Missions and Spatial Strategies in China, 1840s-1940s Thomas Coomans 4 Co-authoring the City: Missionaries and the Colonial City of Luluaburg (Belgian Congo), 1930-1960 Bram Cleys 5 The Catholic Territorialization of Taiwan: Vatican Global Strategy and Franciscan Local Parishes, 1949-1960s Leon Bouwmeester and Thomas Coomans PART TWO - UNIVERSAL PROJECTS / LOCALIZED ARCHITECTURES 6 Gendered Spaces in Catholic Compounds of Late Qing China Thomas Coomans 7 Gender-Designed Catholic Churches in North China, 1830s-1920s Thomas Coomans 8 The Missionaries in the Cosmopolitan Towns of the Suez Isthmus, Egypt: Their Role in the Formation of Identity in Architecture and Urban Planning, 1860-1937 Celine Fremaux 9 Civilizing Space in West China: Re-examining the Place of the Christian University in Chengdu, 1909-1933 Lawrence Braschi 10 A Highly 'Mediated Monument' of Tropical Modernism in Central Africa: Unpacking the Complex Agendas behind the Design and Construction of the College du Saint-Esprit in Bujumbura, Burundi Johan Lagae Abbreviations Index of Persons Index of Places Authors Colophon

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