The Role of the Christian Clergy in Colonizing and (De)colonizing Asia, 1800s to 2000s

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 November 2023) | Viewed by 613

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of History, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong
Interests: chinese christianity; world christianity; religious transnationalism; modern China; southeast Asia; history of exertional heat stress and thermoregulation; history of sports science and medicine

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Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Yoshidahonmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
Interests: oral history; nationalism; postcolonialism; decolonization; cold war; christianity; Indonesia; The Phlippines; Mindanao; Timor-Leste; Southeast Asia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue seeks for contributions which focus on understanding, interpreting and theorizing the political, theological and socio-cultural roles played by the Christian clergy in colonizing and (de)colonizing Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Our broad desire to encourage more scholarship which take Christian clerical actors in Asia as direct subjects of investigation and theorization during this period of intense modernization, globalization, and cross-cultural exchange. Historiographically, while non-Western or “native” clerics have increasingly become important subjects of interest alongside Euro-American missionaries in these periods, not much work has been undertaken to theorize their agency, thought, beliefs, behaviours and networks. Anthropologically, there has been growing interest in studying Christianity as culture in specific communities across Asia, such as pertaining to Christianity’s discontinuities and continuities with local cultures. While clerical leaders have been important sources of evidence for these analyses, findings about them remain largely empirical and do not yet provide a substantial level of critical insight. As such, we welcome interpretive and theoretical analyses of these said actors. Potential submission topics include (this is not an exhaustive list):

(1) Conceptual or theoretical frameworks about Christian clergy in Asia;

Theorizing, analyzing and interpreting…

(2) Christian clergy in Asia as non-state actors or societal mobilizers in social or resistance movements;

(3) their changing notions about “traditional” religions, such as in regards to themes like conversion, knowledge-making and localization;

(4) their various approaches in dealing with the charge of becoming part of a “Western religion”;

(5) Christian clergy in Asia as international representatives and leaders of their local societies in global fora or institutions;

(6) their advocacy of gender equality and new ideas about the modern family.

Dr. Joshua Dao Wei Sim
Dr. Kisho Tsuchiya
Guest Editors

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  • Asian Christian clerics
  • world christianity
  • colonialism
  • decolonization
  • postcolonialism
  • non-state actors
  • resistance movements
  • localization
  • continuity and discontinuity
  • transnationalism and internationalism
  • globalization
  • gender equality

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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