German-Iranian Intensive Study Programme: Exploring Asian Christianity with Religious Others II

2-weeks Summer School: 18-29 September 2021
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

10-weeks Digital Online Course: 11 October to 16 December 2021
University of Muenster, Germany

Programme 10-weeks Digital Online Course

The Study Programme "Exploring Asian Christianity with Religious Others" brings together Iranian, Asian, and German Masterstudents, post-fieldwork M.A. and Ph.D. students with early-career researchers from different disciplines in a shared platform to discuss their ideas and research vis-à-vis the state of the art. Presentations and Webinars are provided by German professors or post-docs placed at the universities of Münster, Bochum and Bonn, and by some authors of the recent Oxford Handbook on Christianity in Asia (2014). It convenes around 25 scholars as well as 40 to 50 advanced students from different diciplines engaged in that new field of study. The Study Programme aims to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations as well as increase interreligious awareness for this field's growing relevance to Theology and Religious Studies as well as the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Intensive Study Programme is structured along five thematic areas:

  • Mapping of Asian Christianity
  • Cross-Cultural Flows and Pan-Asian Movements
  • Asian Christianity and the Social-Cultural Process
  • Interaction with Asian Religious Traditions
  • Asian Migrant Churches in the Middle East and Europe

Thereby the study programme, on the one hand, builds on the recent Oxford Handbook on Christianity in Asia and benefits from videos of its contributors. On the other hand, German professors and junior researchers on Christianity in Asia give presentations.

Participants from Iran, Asia, and Germany interested in the Study Programme are required to participate in the 2-weeks Summer School or the entire 10-weeks Digitial Online Course. Some participants will be invited to give a presentation on their current research related to some area of Christianity in Asia. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will receive a certificate of participation, confirming coursework, details, and workload.

On this site, you find further information, programme details and application forms. Presentation proposals and applications with scanned registration documents (see Participation/Registration above) are expected as early as possible and at the latest by October 1 at intstudy.imw[at]uni-muenster[dot]de.

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Programme 10-weeks Digital Online Course

Week 1
October 11 | 19:30 – 21:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
Gholamreza Raeisian | Mashhad | Norbert Hintersteiner | Münster | Opening and Practicalities
1 Manfred Hutter | Bonn | Christianity as a Minority Religion in Pre-Islamic Iran: Interactions with Zoroastrianism

October 14 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 10:30 – 12:00 (German Time)
2 David Mark Neuhaus | Jerusalem | Jewish-Christian Relationships in West Asia: History, Major Issues, Challenges, and Prospects

Week 2
October 18
| 19:30 – 21:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
3 Richard Fox Young | Princeton, USA | Christianity and Conversion, with Special Reference to South Asia

October 21 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 10:30 – 12:00 (German Time)
4 Michael Amaladoss | Chennai, India | Asian Theological Trends

Week 3
October 25
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
5 Deepra Dandekar | Berlin | Christian Mission Villages in India: Continuity and Change in the Hindu Context

October 28 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
6 Melanie Barbato | Münster | Papal Travels to India

Week 4
November 1
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
holiday in Germany
7 Sebastian Kim | Pasadena | Inter-Asia Mission and Global Missionary Movements from Asia

November 4 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
8 Jamal Malik | Erfurt | The Prophet in Modern Da’wa Discourse in South Asia

Week 5
November 8
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
9 Wesley Ariarajah | Madison, NJ | Changing Paradigms of Asian Christian Attitude to Other Religions

November 11 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
10 Aruna Gnanadason | Chennai, India | The Role of the Ecumenical Movement in Asia in Perplexing Times

Week 6
November 15
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
11 Manfred Hutter | Bonn | Christianity after Colonialism: Catholics in Cambodia and their Relations with Vietnamese Catholics

November 18 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
12 Madlen Krüger | Heidelberg | Christian and Muslim Interactions in a Buddhist Majority Country – The Case of Myanmar

Week 7
November 22
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
13 Adrian Hermann | Bonn | Christianity in the Philippines Around 1900: The Case of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

November 25 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
14 Sharon Bong | Bandar Sunway, Malaysia | Gender, Sexuality, and Christian Feminist Movements in Asia

Week 8
November 29
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
15 Claudia Jahnel | Bochum | Feminist and Postcolonial Asian Theologies

December 2 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
16 Ananta Kumar Giri | Chennai | The Multiverse of Hindu Engagement with Christianity

Week 9
December 6
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
17 Elif Emirahmedoglu | Berlin | The Concept of Human Beings in Sufism and Buddhism

December 9 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
18 Alexander Chow | Edinburgh | Identity and Marginality: Chinese Christianity

Week 10
December 13
| 20:30 – 22:30 (Iranian Time) | 18:00 – 20:00 (German Time)
19 Esther-Maria Guggenmos | Bonn | Doing Religion in China - A Historical Tour D’Horizon on Christian Encounters and Religious Belonging

December 16 | 12:00 – 13:30 (Iranian Time) | 09:30 – 11:00 (German Time)
20 Jan Levin Propach | Munich | Japan‘s Hidden Christians: Their History and Current Situations

Norbert Hintersteiner | Münster | Closing: Future Trajectories of Asian Christianity