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Conference "Comparing Catechisms" in Oslo

04. Jun. 2014

“Comparing Catechisms - Entangling Christian History” is the title of a conference organized by Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter, coordinator of the interdisciplinary research group MC3.2 "Transcultural Christianity". The event took place at Oslo University from May 14 to 16, 2014.

Christianity is mostly conceptualised as particular European religion, whereas its transcultural character, its non-European origin and its non-European forms are mostly blinded out. To challenge this assumption, the international conference Comparing Catechisms – Entangling Christian History discussed transcultural dimensions of Christianity, focussing on (mostly) Jesuit missionary work in the world and in Europe in the 17th century. Christian belief and its rituals needed to be translated into the language of the people who were to be evangelized or converted. The conference compared catechisms and their translations in Britain, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Greenland, India, Japan, Peru and Transylvania to explore the scope of transculturation, of religious and dogmatic negotiation. In the discussion unexpected similarities as well as differences were discovered. Whereas the concept of ‘accommodation’ is mostly applied only to the Jesuit work in China, Japan and India, this conference put it into a broader and thus could develop a more detailed model regarding transcultural dimension of Christianity, its negotiation, influencing as well as limiting factors.

The conference "Comparing Catechisms - Entangling Christian History" was organised by Prof. Dr. Antje Flüchter of the interdisciplinary research group MC3.2 "Jesuits in Asia and Europe - Transcultural Christianity and the Narratives of Orthodoxy". It was funded in a cooperation by the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" at Heidelberg University and the Institute for Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) at Oslo University.

More Information:

Conference Website
Conference Poster (PDF)


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