What happened in cultural contact zones? How did Christianity change when Christians of different cultural and religious background met or when they met people of non-Christian religious affiliations? How did this change their perceptions of themselves and of their religion? In this class, we will tackle these questions by focussing on spirituality and ethics because here, we can find modifications due to cultural encounters both in doctrinal systems and in religious practices. We will first discuss recent approaches to the study of cultural contact zones and then proceed to analyse several case studies.
Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes. Studies in Travel Writing and Transculturation, London/New York ²2008; Stephen Howe (Hg.), The New Imperial Histories Reader (Routledge Readers in History), London/New York 2010; Judith Becker (Hg.), European Missions in Contact Zones. Transformation through Interaction in a (Post-)Colonial World (VIEG Beiheft 107), Göttingen 2015.