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Title:Transculturation: Mission and Modernity in Africa
Editor:Jones, AdamISNI
Series:University of Leipzig papers on Africa, Mission archives series
City of publisher:Leipzig
Publisher:University of Leipzig, Institut für Afrikanistik
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:culture contact
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Abstract:This volume is one product of a dialogue on mission and modernity in Africa which has been conducted in Germany since 1999, by the Universities of Leipzig, Rostock, and the Humboldt University in Berlin. So far it has focused mainly on religious studies, missiology/ecumenical studies, and African history. The initial impetus was a paper by Albert Wirz, Transculturation: mission and modernity in Africa, a manifesto, published here for the first time. All the other papers in this volume were presented at the conference of the German Association of Africanists (Vereinigung von Afrikanisten in Deutschland) in Hamburg in 2002. They deal with cultural interaction between Europe and Africa resulting from missionary activity in Africa and include a number of biographical case studies. The main focus is on the premises and impact of Protestant missionary work, both in Africa and in Europe, but one paper deals with similar processes in Islam. The papers are Transculturation: some exploratory remarks by Klaus Hock; 'Where was this worship of coughing invented?': processes of transculturation from an Islamic perspective by Roman Loimeier (in the context of nineteenth-century East African coastal societies); An African missionary: the ambition of David Asante by Sonia Abun-Nasr (Gold Coast/Ghana); Of leopards in caves, European axes and owls in alcohol: the imagination of a hybrid world view by an African missionary assistant by Rainer Alsheimer (Wilhelm Lemgo, catechist and assistant with the North German Mission in West Africa); Biographical representations of Vehettge Tikkuie and Rosetta Klapmuts: Moravian icons of conversion in South Africa by Henry C. Jatti Bredekamp; and Trail blazers of transculturation: Johannes Winter and his family in South Africa (1873-1890) by Andrea Schultze. [ASC Leiden abstract]