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Transatlantic Networks of Black Religious Organisations (USA – South Africa ), 1890-1930

Internationaler Workshop unter Leitung von Dr. Ciprian Burlacioiu (CAS Junior Researcher in Residence).

03.07.2013 – 04.07.2013

Considerable attention has been paid in recent studies on the history of globalization to western missionary societies as early global actors. Very little is known, however, about transcontinental religious networks established by non-missionary indigenous Christian Churches already in the 19th and early 20th century. The aim of the workshop is to analyze the activity of two black churches: the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Orthodox Church. Both these churches emerged in the US in protest against the paternalism and racism of the white mainline churches, and spread to Africa. Quite remarkably, in both cases this was the result of initiatives by African Christians who sought contact with their US-American fellows.

Teilnehmer sind u.a.: James T. Campbell (Stanford), Adrian Hermann (LMU/Basel), Erhard Kamphausen (Hamburg), Michael O. West (Binghamton).