Religion on the Mission Frontier

Tue, 4 Jan 1994 17:46:43 -0500

This is a conference announcement that I am hoping recipients to share
with their colleagues and graduate students. UBC will be hosting 1994 CASCA
conference on "The Production and Reproduction of Culture and Society" on
May 5-8, 1994 in Vancouver. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Feb. 15,
1994. The following is one of the session abstracts that might be interesting
to you. If you have any questions, please contact the following organizers.
A happy new year to everybody!

Subject: mission session


John Barker
University of British Columbia

Kun-Hui Ku
University of Western Ontario

Over the past two decades, anthropologists have independently studied
Christian evangelism in every region of the earth, producing several landmark
books. The papers in this session address some general questions through of
lens of specific ethnographic analyses. First, we wish to compare
anthropological studies of the Christian frontier from different parts of the
world. Too often anthropologists are aware only of the literature from their
own regions. Second, we want to gain a sense of the range of topics of
specific interest to anthropologists. Some key topics include: gender and
the family in missionary evangelism and among new Christians; the process of
conversion; Christianity and nationalism; the sociology of mission
organization; mission practice and cultural hegemony; Christianity and
cultural identity; mission schools and colonization; and the analysis of
missionary propaganda. Third, we want to discuss through the papers and in
the session the distinct strengths and weaknesses of anthropological
perspectives on the study of the Christian frontier. Finally, we wish to
consider the future of anthropological studies of the Christian frontier:
what are the pressing problems and how are they best approached?