Research

The research agenda of the Center for Global Christianity is driven by the interests of the people who are part of its community. Reports about their ongoing work will be posted from time to time.

Mapping Chinese Christianity

In early June, Professor Eugenio Menegon (Chinese History), together with co-investigator Prof. Daryl Ireland (Associate Director of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission & Research Assistant Professor of Mission, BU’s School of Theology) received the exciting news that a Digital Humanities Project they are jointly sponsoring was awarded a seed grant for Summer 2018 by the BU Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Sciences. The project is conceptually managed by Alex Mayfield, doctoral candidate in History of Christianity at BU’s School of Theology, with the voluntary assistance of Victor Huang, Computer Science major in CAS and current Treasurer of the BU... More

Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission Award

An M.B. Studies Project Grant of $2,500 was awarded to Anicka Fast for her Ph.D. dissertation project: “Living in the same house: Contested ecclesial identity in the Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren missionary encounter in Congo, 1912–1989.” Like other sectors currently receiving attention (e.g., Mennonites and the Holocaust, Mennonites and Canadian “Indian Day Schools,” etc.), Anicka’s project considers Mennonites and the mission sector, exploring aspects of the Mennonite story that may be disturbing, given our contemporary sensibilities.

African Christian Biography

The centrality of African Christians inspired the creation of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography over 20 years ago. To celebrate 20 years of collecting African biographies, the DACB hosted a conference in 2015. The fruit of that conference is a new book: African Christian Biography. Published by Cluster books, the volume will be available in July 2018.

New Perspectives on the Historiography of Christianity

In light of the global reality of Christianity, how might historians "provincialize Europe"? Humboldt University in Berlin sponsored an international workshop to consider the historiography of Christianity, especially in the West, and how it has not yet kept up with the development of world Christianity. How can historians do justice to the global nature of Christianity? Convened by Prof. Dr. Judith Becker, among those gathered were Jeffrey Cox, Andreas Feldtkeller, Sebastian Kim, Klaus Koschorke, Christoph Markschies, Isabel Mukonyora, Dana L. Robert, and J. Jayakiran Sebastian. More information is available at: https://www.theologie.hu-berlin.de/de/professuren/professuren/ncg.  

Re-examining Missiology in the New France

Existing histories of the brief Franciscan Recollect mission to New France (1615–1629) tend either to overstate the assimilatory character of the Recollect missionary vision or to overlook their comprehensively political vision. Through a close re-reading of early Recollect sources in her Journal of Early Modern Christianity article, "Helping 'our Canadian brothers': Early Recollect Missiology as an Experiment in Christian Community, 1615–1629,“ Anicka Fast excavates a missionary vision for cohabitation between indigenous people and French settlers that, while assimilationist in some ways, also reflected deeply a conviction of human equality, a nascent understanding of the church as a political alternative to empire, More