Maritime Missions: Religion, Ethnography and Empires in the Long Eighteenth Century

Jenna Gibbs Announcement
Florida, United States
Subject Fields
Anthropology, American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Indigenous Studies

German Historical Institute

1607 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.


Maritime Missions: Religion, Ethnography and Empires in the Long Eighteenth Century

May 24 – 25, 2019



Jenna M. Gibbs (Florida International University/GHI Washington, DC)

Sünne Juterczenka (Göttingen University/GHI Washington, DC)



Friday, May 24

9.00 – 9.30 am        Welcome and Opening Remarks

Axel Jansen (GHI Washington)

Jenna M. Gibbs (Florida International University/GHI Washington)

Sünne Juterczenka (University of Göttingen/GHI Washington)

9.30 – 9.45 am       Coffee break

9.45 – 11.45 am      Culture and Communications in Catholic Missions

Chair: Sünne Juterczenka (University of Göttingen/GHI Washington)

Renate Dürr (University of Tübingen)

“Emotions in Jesuit Ethnography”

Eva M. Mehl (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)

“Expanding Boundaries in the Catholic Spanish Empire: Spanish Augustinian Missionaries in China, 1680-1724”

11.45 – 1.45 pm     Lunch Break (self-organized)

1.45 – 3.45 pm        Global Pietist Missions

Chair: Claudia Roesch (GHI Washington)

Markus Berger (University of Bamberg)

“The Globality of Providence. A German Minister in New York City and his Views on Mission, God’s Kingdom on Earth, and the American Independence in the late 18th Century”

Jean DeBernardi (University of Alberta)

“Pietism and the Globalization of Evangelical Christian Practice: The Open Brethren Movement in London, China, and Southeast Asia”

3.45 – 4.00 pm        Coffee Break

4.00 – 6.00 pm        Slavery, Religion and Humanitarianism

Chair: Jan Jansen (GHI Washington)

Justine Walden (University of Toronto)

“Antagonists of Empire: Slavery, Profit, and Italian Capuchins in Congo, 1641-1686”

Jake Griesel (University of Cambridge)

“Paving the Way for Dutch Colonial Missions: Jacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein (c. 1717-47) and his Defence of Slavery”

7.00 pm                   Conference Dinner

Saturday, May 25

8.30 – 10.30 am     Theology and Ethnography

Chair: Peter Hanns Reill (University of California Los Angeles)

Jordan Kellman (University of Louisiana, Lafayette)

“Franciscan Natural Theology and the Early 18th Century Francophone New World Encounter”

Roberto Chauca (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Equador)

“Spanish Missionary Debates and the Transatlantic Configuration of Amazonian Ethnic Categories”

10.30 –10.45 am    Coffee Break

10.45 – 12.45 pm    American Maritime Expansion

Chair: Jenna Gibbs (Florida International University/GHI Washington)

Sarah Crabtree (San Francisco State University)

“Whaler, Traitor, Coward, Spy!: William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic & the Spirit of Capitalism”

Darin Lenz (Fresno Pacific University)

“Immersed in Dependency: American Missionaries, Empires, and India in the 1830s”

12.45 – 1.45 pm      Lunch (at the GHI)

1.45 – 3.45 pm       Missions and Philanthropy

Chair: Elisabeth Engel (GHI Washington)

Ulrike Kirchberger (University of Kassel)

“Footsoldiers of Globalization? The Pupils of Eleazar Wheelock’s ‘Indian Charity School’ in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”

Manikarnika Dutta (University of Oxford)

“Sailors’ Homes in the Nineteenth Century: A Global History.”

3.45 – 4.00 pm        Wrap up followed by informal Happy Hour to continue the discussion.

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Jenna M. Gibbs

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