Magazine article International Bulletin of Missionary Research


Magazine article International Bulletin of Missionary Research


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The annual meeting of the American Society of Church History is convening January 7-10, 2010, in San Diego, California, in conjunction with the American Historical Association's annual meeting. One of the panels, chaired by Keith A. Francis, associate professor of history, Baylor University, will focus on the 1910 World Missionary Conference. Speakers include Peter Phan, Georgetown University; Heather J. Sharkey, University of Pennsylvania; and Jessica Ann Sheetz-Nguyen, University of Central Oklahoma. For details visit http://

An interdisciplinary symposium on Southern African studies of religion with the theme "In the Presence of Faith" will be held at the University of Johannesburg, February 25-26, 2010. The university's Centre for Culture and Languages in Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand's Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research will cohost the conference "to stimulate social science and humanities research into religion in Southern Africa," according to the announcement. For details, visit

The 2010 annual meeting of the American Society of Missiology will be held June 18-20 at Techny Towers, Techny, Illinois. Focusing on the mission of non-Anglo congregations in North America, the theme for the meeting is "Colorful Initiatives: Confounding Hegemony in North America." For details, visit The Association of Professors of Mission ( will hold its annual meeting June 17-18 at the same location.

"Consultation and Cooperation in the History of Missions" is the theme for the 2010 conference of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on the History of the Missionary Movement and Non-Western Christianity, which will be held July 1-3 at the University of Edinburgh. Acall for papers will be issued in January, with titles and abstracts due in March. IBMR contributing editors Andrew F Walls, Brian Stanley, and Lamin Sanneh are the conveners. This annual conference is cosponsored by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non- Western World at the University of Edinburgh, Yale Divinity School, and the Overseas Ministries Study Center. For more information, visit

The Twenty-first European Conference onModern South Asian Studies, which will be held at the University of Bonn, Germany, July 26-29, 2010, will include a panel discussion on the theme "Christians, Cultural Interactions, and South Asia's Religious Traditions." The conveners are Richard Young, Princeton Theological Seminary (, and Chad Bauman, Butler University ( For conference details, visit

The Chinese Christian Texts Database (ww w.arts makes available primary and secondary sources related to cultural contacts between China and Europe from 1582 to ca. 1840. The database comprises documents in the various fields of cultural interaction, including religion, philosophy, science, and art. It builds on the work of Erik Zürcher (1928-2008), who compiled a bibliography of Chinese primary sources concerning Christianity in China in the seventeenth century. Conversion to an online format was undertaken by Ad Dudink and Nicolas Standaert, of Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. An ongoing project, the database references over 1,000 primary sources, including printed books, manuscripts, pamphlets, and maps, and more than 4,000 secondary sources in a variety of ancient and modern Asian and European languages.

Christine Lo ve-Rodgers, librarian at New College, divinity school of the University of Edinburgh, announced that a database is being developed of all graduates during its first one hundred years. The online source ( .uk/students) draws from the annals of the Free Church of Scotland and the United Free Church of Scotland and includes many missionaries. …

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