CFP - Gender, Race, and Proselytization: Missionary Work in the Early Modern World, ASCH Annual Meeting March 2022, DEADLINE JUNE 23RD

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“Gender, Race, and Proselytization: Missionary Work in the Early Modern World”

Call for Papers – American Society of Church History Annual Meeting 2022

March 24-27, 2022 – Austin, Texas


The modern concept of missionary work began in the early modern period, first with the Catholic Society of Jesus and then later amongst many Protestant groups in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As they spread across both the Atlantic and Pacific early modern worlds, missionaries of various denominations interacted with enslaved and indigenous people, as well as European settlers both welcoming and hostile. Through their widespread itinerancy, as well as their reports and often-middling circumstances, missionaries provide a valuable lens into the study of global history in the early modern period, both institutional and individual. This panel concerns itself with the gendered and racialized interactions of missionaries in the early modern world, drawing into conversation the processes of evangelism and potentially conversion across denominations and geographic context.


Paper topics might include but are not limited to:


  • The intersection of race, gender, and migration
  • Gender, travel and evangelism in the early modern imagination
  • Networks of support or financing from the continent
  • Missionary travel logs and their European publication
  • Conceptions of travelling, gender, and “the Other” in the early modern world
  • Missionaries and gender in the context of emerging settler colonial systems
  • Missions as a mode of increased globalization
  • Missionaries, colonialization, and the early modern economy


Please send a CV, a presentation title, and a 150-word abstract to the session organizer Kelly Douma-Kaelin ( In addition, please detail any A/V requirements that you expect to have.


All presenters must register for the ASCH Annual Meeting, be committed to attending the conference in Austin, and make their own travel arrangements.


For more information about the American Society of Church History Annual Meeting, please see the conference website:


The deadline for the submission of materials for this panel is Wednesday, June 23, 2021.