SOAS University of London

Centre of World Christianity

Workshop: Contemporary Christianities in the Lusophone World


Date: 11 February 2017Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 11 February 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G 3

Type of Event: Workshop


In the study of modern Christianity, the Lusophone world offers unique perspectives with regard to globalisation, cultural transfer, and historical and religious dynamics, which are not always sufficiently recognised or incorporated into the wider debate. Bringing together scholars with recent or current research in the field, the workshop aims to discuss the notion of Lusophone Christianity and seeks to explore specific characteristics and particular patterns that might emerge.

A main interest of the workshop are responses to globalization, South-South and South-North networking, and new patterns in the internationalization of religious institutions. This also includes the convergence of Lusophone Christian movements with current migration dynamics, new diasporas and emerging patterns of transnational exchange. This is especially relevant as it regards the articulation of multiple identities within and beyond the Lusophone Christian world.

A spatial approach seems especially valid when reflecting on the postcolonial dynamics of Christianity in the Lusophone world, as it allows for analysing the dialectics between the centre and the periphery, the local and the transnational, the rural and the urban, the intimate and the communal living. The case of the postcolonial city is particularly interesting, since it represents a thick combination of religious and a broad range of social practices, public discourses and political activities, that strongly influence contemporary ideologies and imaginations on everyday life.


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9:30 Welcome/Coffee

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Religion, Politics, Public Sphere and Post-Colonial Legacy

Statehood and the Manufacture of Religion in Angola
(Ruy Blanes, CSIC, Madrid)

Unfolding Veronica’s Veil: Political Change, Identity and Confraternities in Post-Colonial Macao
(Isabel Morais, University of Saint Joseph, Macau)

The Making of a Religious Pluralism: Nazarene Protestantism, State and Public Sphere in the Cape Verde Islands
(Max Ruben Ramos, ICS-UL, Lisbon)

Lunch Break: coffee, tea, sandwiches

12:30 – 14:00 Panel 2: Local Worlds, Foreign Forces

“The human element is the harder to master”: An Assessment of the Influence of Early Spiritan Institutional Practices in Angolan Christianity
(João Figueiredo, ICS-UL, Lisbon)

Pentecostal Magic? Religious Growth and Evolution in Postcolonial Mozambique
(Eric Morier-Genoud, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast)

Duality without Dualism: Makhuwa Catholicism in Northern Mozambique
(Devaka Premawardhana, Colorado College, Colorado Springs)

Break: coffee, tea, biscuits

14:30 – 17:00 Panel 3: City, Transnational Connection, Religious World Making

Between “Caniço” and “Cidade de Cimento”: the Small Zion Churches and the Heterogeneity of the Urban Space of Maputo, Mozambique
(Giulia Cavallo, ICS-UL, Lisbon)

Luso-Pentecostal Urban Connections
(Linda Van De Kamp, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam)

Lusophone Christianitities in the Postcolonial City: the Case of the Missão Evangélica Lusófona in Lisbon
(Ambra Formenti, CRIA-FCSH/NOVA, Lisbon)

The City at the End of the Universe: Christianity, “Anti-Christianity” and Messianism in Northern Angola
(Ramon Sarró, University of Oxford, Oxford)

Transnational Connectivity of Angolan Pentecostal Churches
(Natalia Zawiejska, Jagiellonian University, Cracow)

Break: coffee, tea, sandwiches

17:30 – 18:30 Final discussion / wine, snacks


The event is free of charge. Please register by 4th February 2017 by e-mail to the workshop organisers.

Organiser: Dr Jörg Haustein, Natalia Zawiejska

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