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Workshop "A Global and Local History of the Buona Morte Church"

Dr. Wei Jiang, Department for Religion Studies at FIW, is organizing a workshop with local catholic and orthodox churches in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from November 22-23.

The St. Sebastian Parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo, the Madras Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft of Universität Bonn jointly organize an international workshop at the Main Auditorium Hall, Caritas-SEDEC, Colombo on 22-23 November 2018. The theme of this workshop is "A Global and Local History of the Buona Morte Church".

The purpose of the workshop is not only to analyze the leading figures of the Independent Catholic movement (whether reformist priests or lay activists), but also to give voice to all traceable members and families who were once associated with the Buona Morte Church. Adopting a “glocal” approach, the workshop will link the historical processes around the Buona Morte Church to phenomena occurring in distant parts of the globe.

This two-day workshop is divided in four panels:
I. Oriental Christianity in Ceylon: from the Persian Christians to the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church 
II. The Religious context of nineteenth century Ceylon
III. Churches, cities and neighborhood in transformation
IV. Connectivity and globalization

 A group of 20 historians and theologians from Sri Lanka, India, and Germany will present papers and engage in discussions on Christianity in colonial South Asia and the urban history of Colombo. The workshop is in English.  



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