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Leuven University Press inaugurates a new series entitled ‘Leuven Studies in Mission and Modernity’ with the publication of Missionary Education: Historical Approaches and Global Perspectives.


The LUP’s new series “aims to showcase groundbreaking works on the history of missionaries and missionary organisations during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.” Titles will “steer mission history towards new thematic frontiers by exploring the multiple ways in which missionary operations have affected local societies and cultures around the globe, and how their significance is negotiated in the present.” The series board features Kim Christiaens (KADOC-KU Leuven), Carine Dujardin (KADOC-KU Leuven), Idesbald Goddeeris (KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts), Jonas Van Mulder (KADOC-KU Leuven), Dries Vanysacker (KU Leuven, Theology and Religious Studies), and Pieter Verstraete (KU Leuven, Psychology and Educational Sciences).


A table of contents for the first volume of this new series appears below. Missionary Education: Historical Approaches and Global Perspectives is edited by Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris, and Pieter Verstraete and features contributions by fifteen scholars. The essays focus on the educational work of missionaries and “elaborate on Protestantism as well as Catholicism, work with cases from the 18th to the 21st century, and cover different colonial empires in Asia and Africa.” The publisher promises that the book “introduces new angles, such as gender, the agency of the local population, and the perspective of the child.”


Missionary Education: Historical Approaches and Global Perspectives

Table of Contents

Mission and Education. An Introduction
— Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris, and Pieter Verstraete



The Educational Turn in Catholic Missionary Policies and Practices. Belgian Franciscans in China, 1872-1949
— Carine Dujardin

Fashioning a Catholic Javanese Elite. The Catholic Mission and Colonial Education in Central Java, 1904-1942
— Maaike Derksen

The Postcolonial Expansion of a Mission. Jesuit Education in Ranchi, India, after 1950
— Aditi Athreya, Rinald D’Souza, and Idesbald Goddeeris

The Jesuit Mission and Business Education in Contemporary India. The Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar
— Lourens van Haaften



The Colonial State, Protestant Missionaries and Indian Education, 1790-1858
— Parimala V. Rao

Tending Community and Country. Jesuit Colleges in Colonial India, 1835-1902
— Joseph Bara

Breaking the Colour Bar? Missionary Education in Australasian Colonies before World War II
— Gwendal Rannou

Forming Elites of the Church and of the Nation. Lutheran Resistance to Protestant Secondary Education in Madagascar in the 1920s and 1930s
— Ellen Vea Rosnes



The Africa Inland Mission and the Education for Girls among the Kipsigis of the Kericho and Bomet Counties, Kenya, 1900-1945
— Mary Chepkemoi

Femininity and Everyday Spaces at St. Stephen’s Girls’ College in Hong Kong, 1921-1941
— Meng Wang

Melanesian Children as European Wards. Representation and ‘Redemption’ of Colonial Children in Late-Nineteenth-Century Netherlands
— Marleen Reichgelt

The Gregorian Archives is hosting a series of online seminars led by researchers who consult the facility’s archival manuscripts.


The first seminar occurs on June 7, 2021. It will be led by Karie Schultz, with a presentation titled “Education and Confessional Identity: The Collegio Romano in the Seventeenth Century.” Archivist and Prof. Martín M. Morales and Dr. Ginevra Crosignani of Beda Pontifical College will also be present.


Schultz will present the preliminary findings from her consultation of archived lecture notes, manuscript treatises, and philosophical theses from the Collegio Romano to demonstrate the college’s crucial role in enabling seventeenth-century Catholic students to reaffirm their confessional identity and form religious communities that transcended national boundaries.


Further details in Italian and in English are available.

Beatriz Puente-Ballesteros received the J. Worth Estes Prize, awarded at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, for her recently published chapter, “Chocolate in China: Interweaving Cultural Histories of an Imperfectly Connected World.” The essay appeared in Translation at Work: Chinese Medicine at the First Global Age, edited by Harold J. Cook and published by Brill publishers.


The prize honors J. Worth Estes and his contributions to the AAHM and to the study of the history of medicine. The award recognizes the best published paper in the history of pharmacology in the last two years.


Puente-Ballesteros is an assistant professor at the University of Macau’s department of history. More of her work in the field of Jesuit Studies is available through the Jesuit Online Bibliography.