Converting Spaces: Re-Directing Missions through Global Encounters

May 5, 2017 @ 10:30 am – May 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)
Humanities and Social Sciences Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Converting Spaces: Re-Directing Missions through Global Encounters @ McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020) | Santa Barbara | California | United States

The 2017 Graduate Studies Conference is being planned and coordinated by four doctoral students in Religious Studies: Caleb McCarthy, Steph Wright, Kolby Knight, and Margaret McMurtrey, with financial support from the Cordano Endowment in Catholic Studies.  The conference will explore the relationship between Christian “missions” — Catholic and Protestant — and the conversion of spaces in the context of European global and colonial expansion from the sixteenth century onwards, focusing on how these spaces both converted and were converted by different contexts, people, and environments.

Click on this link to open the Call for Papers. Paper proposals are due on February 17, 2017.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Liam Brockey, Professor of HIstory at Michigan State University.  Brockey is a historian of Early Modern Europe. His primary area of interest is the history of Southern Europe, with a focus on Portugal, its overseas empire, and Catholicism.  His most recent book is The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia (Harvard, 2014), a study of the challenges faced by missionaries in Africa, South Asia, and East Asia in the early seventeenth century. His first monograph, titled Journey to the East: The Jesuit Mission to China, 1579-1724 (Harvard, 2007), was awarded the John Gilmary Shea Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association and the First Book Prize by Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society.