Missionary Education

Historical Approaches and Global Perspectives

Edited by Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris, and Pieter Verstraete

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First volume in the series ‘Leuven Studies in Mission and Modernity’

Missionaries have been subject to academic and societal debate. Some scholars highlight their contribution to the spread of modernity and development among local societies, whereas others question their motives and emphasise their inseparable connection with colonialism. In this volume, fifteen authors – from both Europe and the Global South – address these often polemical positions by focusing on education, one of the most prominent fields in which missionaries have been active. They elaborate on Protestantism as well as Catholicism, work with cases from the 18th to the 21st century, and cover different colonial empires in Asia and Africa. The volume introduces new angles, such as gender, the agency of the local population, and the perspective of the child.

Contributors: Aditi Athreya (KU Leuven), Joseph Bara (Indian Institute of Dalit Studies), Mary Chepkemoi (Kenyatta University), Kim Christiaens (KADOC-KU Leuven), Maaike Derksen (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Rinald D’Souza (KU Leuven), Carine Dujardin (KADOC-KU Leuven), Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven), Gwendal Rannou (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Parimala V. Rao (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Marleen Reichgelt (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Lourens van Haaften (KU Leuven), Ellen Vea Rosnes (VID University), Pieter Verstraete (KU Leuven), Meng Wang (University of Sydney)

This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Format: Edited volume - ebook

352 pages

ISBN: 9789461663306

Publication: December 10, 2020

Series: Leuven Studies in Mission and Modernity 1

Languages: English

Idesbald Goddeeris is professor of colonial history at the research unit MoSa (Modernity and Society, 1800-2000), KU Leuven. Idesbald Goddeeris is verbonden aan de Onderzoekseenheid Geschiedenis van de faculteit Letteren aan de KU Leuven.
Kim Christiaens is director of KADOC-KU Leuven, Documentation and Research Centre on Religion, Culture and Society and professor of contemporary history at KU Leuven.
Pieter Verstraete is associate professor of history of education at KU Leuven and curator of the annual Leuven DisABILITY Film festival.