"Missionary, hostage, ransom, spy"

Religious Diversity Colloquium Spring/Summer 2019

  • Date: Jun 3, 2019
  • Time: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Angie Heo (University of Chicago)
  • Angie Heo is Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Chicago. Her first book is The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt (2018). Her current research examines various sites of Evangelical capitalism in the Korean peninsula.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
"Missionary, hostage, ransom, spy"

For more details please contact vdvoffice(at)mmg.mpg.de.

This lecture explores notions of missionary espionage in North Korea and the Middle East. Focusing on recent cases of missionaries who have been held hostage, at times for ransom, it delves into the fractured frontiers of Evangelical expansion in “limited-access” societies. Ultimately, it aims to address unwieldy convergences between the Cold War’s rise of international social science on the one hand, and colonialism’s legacy of missionary capitalism on the other.

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