Webinar 'Mission-Colonialism Revisited'.

Voices from the Archives: Indian Bible Women in Colonial Times

On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 12:15 p.m. to 13:30, online
c 30.60.006 frl. wutke and bible woman elisabeth tschatot in cannanur

A new look at the testimonies of indigenous "Bible women" (catechists) in India as key players in the Basel mission at the end of the 19th century. How did they manage to walk the tightrope between indigenous and European ideals of femininity? How did they move between the hierarchic caste system and Christian lifestyles? What kind of emancipation was possible in India at the time of the British Empire?

Sandra Langhop gives us insight into her research on Indian (and European) women missionaries in South India in the 19th and 20th centuries, who crossed borders between cultures, genders and social hierarchies.

sandra langhop

Sandra Langhop studied at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and at the Divinity College of Acadia University in Wolfville, Canada. She also attended the United Theological College in Bangalore, India, which concretized her research interest in Indian biblical women. In 2020, she completed her master's degrees in Religion and German (M.Ed.) and Ecumenism and Religions (M.A.). She works as a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Andrea Strübind (Church History) at the Institute of Protestant Theology and Religious Education at the University of Oldenburg. Her doctoral thesis deals with the Bible women's work of the Basel Women's Mission in 19th and 20th century South India, with a special focus on the construction of gender (and femininity).

Talk and discussion in German, translation in English

Image above: BM Archives C-30.60.006

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