Announcements: Workshop on Intimacy and Mission History, and Recent Publications

You might be interested in this workshop on the role of emotions and intimacy in the history of Christian missions.

>> Investigating the Intimate in Mission Histories

17 October 2012 (9 am – 5 pm) and 18 October 2012 (9 am – 12 pm)

Department of English, German and Romance Studies, University of Copenhagen, Amager Campus

Speakers will include Professor Elizabeth Elbourne (McGill University, Canada), Inge Seiding (Ilisimatusarfik University, Greenland), Judith Becker (Mainz University, Germany), and Søren Thuesen (Copenhagen University), who will give papers on on Danish, German and British missionaries in contexts as diverse as Greenland, India, South Africa, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

See here for programme and details in late August. To register (free), contact Claire McLisky ( by 17 September 2012.

For those who are interested in knowing more, the workshop blurb reads as follows:

For some years now affect, emotion and intimacy have been an increasing site of interest for historians working in colonial history, who have identified them as integral, rather than peripheral to, colonial legislation and practice. Yet despite a burgeoning interest in the field, little has been written on the specific roles of affect and emotion in mediating the intimate in Christian mission. This is particularly surprising, given the evangelical definition of faith and salvation in emotional terms, and the emphasis that missionaries often put on regulating emotions – both their own and those of others.  In this light, this workshop investigates the role of emotion, affect and the intimate in the histories of Christian missions, attempting to answer questions such as:

– What role did emotion, affect and intimacy play in the construction of colonial knowledge on Christian missions?
– What was the role of emotion, affect and intimacy in delineating social boundaries and defining social groups on Christian missions?
– How did doctrinal and denominational factors influence missionaries’ ideas about intimacy, affect and emotions, and the ways in which these ideas played out in the mission field?
– How did missionaries resolve the tensions between ideas of themselves as rational, enlightened Europeans distanced from their colonial ‘subjects’, and the intimate reality of mission life?
– To what degree were missionaries agents of emotional change in the communities they worked in? To what extent were indigenous peoples have to define and control emotion in their communities?
– How did missionaries’ ideas about emotion, intimacy and affect change over time?
– Which models (‘emotional communities’, ‘emotional regimes’, ‘emotional economies’, or others) best describe the role and function of emotions in Christian missions?

You might also be interested in these recent publications:

>> Settler Colonial Studies 2, 2 (2012) – Karangatia: Calling Out Gender and Sexuality in Settler Societies

>> Emily Manktelow, ‘Rev. Simpson’s “Improper Liberties”: Moral Scrutiny and Missionary Children in the South Seas Mission,’ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 40, 2 (2012): 159-181.

>> Tanya Evans, ‘The Use of Memory and Material Culture in the History of the Family in Colonial Australia,’ Journal of Australian Studies 36, 2 (2012): 207-228.

>> Tamara Loos, ‘Besmirched with Blood: An Emotional History of Transnational Romance in Colonial Singapore,’ Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice 16, 2 (2012): 199-220.

Happy reading!

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