A few years ago, Andrew Walls told me that he had once hoped to become a missionary to China. However, with the rise of the Chinese communist revolution, those plans were dashed, and he eventually made his way to Sierra Leone in 1957, followed by Nigeria in 1962. One wonders how the study of World Christianity would have been different if the doyen of the academic field spent his formative missionary years in China instead of Africa. Would he have had the same epiphany in Beijing or Shanghai or Wenzhou that he was ‘actually living in a second-century church’? When considering Confucianism or Daoism, would he likewise speak of the place of ‘primal religions’ in shaping the consciousness of another faith, be it Christianity or Buddhism? Both are undoubtedly possibilities. But perhaps, in this parallel universe, the area less likely to have developed would have been his recognition of the importance of oral cultures – a pervasive characteristic in his beloved Africa, but scantly recognised in China.
As part of this year’s online Yale-Edinburgh conference, we are releasing a series of pre-conference videos prepared by partners from around the globe. You can subscribe and see it on our YouTube channel playlist or on our MediaHopper playlist. Here’s the first of our videos:
If you have trouble accessing the YouTube, you can also watch this on MediaHopper.
Oral, Print, and Digital Cultures in World Christianity and the History of Mission On-line, from New College, University of Edinburgh, 22–24 June 2021 Proposals due: 20 March 2021 29 March 2021 Social media hashtag: #YaleEdin2021
The next meeting of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission is to take place on-line, from New College, University of Edinburgh, from 22-24 June 2021. More information about the on-line format will be provided later.
We anticipate that the on-line format will increase the number of paper proposals that are submitted. Yet we will also be working with a condensed time schedule due to the multiple time zones we will be spanning. We will prioritise early career scholars and offer two options for paper presentations: (1) a short oral presentation in real time (15min + Q&A time) and (2) a presentation in the form of a pre-recorded 3 min video with a single slide.
When submitting an abstract please ensure that:
it is close to the theme of the conference,
you state the year you gained your PhD, or your student status
your preference for short oral presentation or pre-recorded 3 min video. Depending on demand, you may not be offered your first choice.
The theme of the meeting is the same as that of the cancelled 2020 conference.
Studies in World Christianity has been a pioneer in the academic field for over a quarter of a century. Undoubtedly, the journal reflects the idiosyncrasies of its various editors and its associated Centre for the Study of World Christianity. But more importantly, it has become a historical record of some of the major concerns in this important field. To make this easier to explore, we have recently produced a digital index of the journal.