History seminars at the IHR

Christian Missions in Global History

Conveners: Rosemary Fitzgerald (SOAS), Deborah Gaitskell (SOAS), Joanne Ichimura (SOAS), Emily Manktelow (University of Kent), Rosemary Seton (SOAS), John Stuart (Kingston University), Silke Strickrodt (German Historical Institute)

For enquiries relating to this seminar please contact Rosemary Seton: rosemary@seton.demon.co.uk

Venue: John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR

Time: Wednesdays 17:30

Some podcasts from this seminar are available online

Autumn Term 2014
DateSeminar details
8 October Wrongs and rites: the curious afterlife of a nineteenth-century missionary in the Pacific

Rod Edmond (Emeritus Professor of Modern Literature & Cultural History at the University of Kent)

In the course of researching Migrations: Journeys in Time and Space (2013) I stayed in a village on Ambrym, one of the many islands that make up the Pacific nation of Vanuatu (formerly the New Hebrides).  My great-grandfather had been a Presbyterian missionary there in the 1880s and kept a diary of his unhappy and unsuccessful final months in the village, a copy of which I took with me.   During my stay in the village I took part in a ritual ceremony that challenged my post-colonial assumptions about the relation between the missionary as coloniser and the indigenous people he aimed to convert. In this paper I shall describe and analyse this encounter.


22 October The Methodist Missionary History Project 1994-2014

John Pritchard, (Former General Secretary Methodist Church Overseas Division)

John Pritchard, who convened the Project Steering Group from the outset, will briefly describe the processes and the outcomes, which include the two volumes of Methodists and their Missionary Societies (1760-1900 and 1900-1996) and numerous papers presented at annual conferences from 2002 to 2013 and at occasional seminars.  Some of these have subsequently been published and many can now be accessed on the 'Missionary History' pages of the Methodist Heritage website.  He will then reflect on the use of primary and secondary sources, the selection of themes and issues and the benefits of insider-knowledge in compiling a general (but far from exhaustive) history.

John advises there is now a 50% offer on the two volumes mentioned above. When ordering use Code 50AQG14N. He will also be bringing a few copies with him.


19 November Nazareth in World War I, through the eyes of British Protestant missionaries

William Clarence-Smith (SOAS)


3 December Missionary Millennialism and British Antislavery, 1790-1840

Professor John Coffey (University of Leicester)

Joint Seminar with Modern Religious History

Please note:  this session takes place in the Olga Crisp room, 102, on the first floor, beginning at 17:15