Religion, Colonization and Decolonization in Congo, 1885–1960/Religion, colonisation et décolonisation au Congo, 1885–1960

Religion, Colonization and Decolonization in Congo, 1885–1960/Religion, colonisation et décolonisation au Congo, 1885–1960

Religion in today’s Democratic Republic of Congo has many faces: from the overflowing seminaries, the Marian shrines of the Catholic Church, the Islamic brotherhoods, and the Jewish community of Lubumbashi, to the ‘African’ churches of the Congolese diaspora in Brussels and Paris, the healers of Kimbanguism, the televangelism of the booming Pentecostalist churches in the great cities, the Orthodox communities of Kasai, and the ‘invisible’ Mai Mai warriors in the brousse of Kivu. During the colonial period religion was no less central to people’s lives than it is today. More surprisingly, behind the seemingly smooth facade of missions linked closely to imperial power, also then faith and worship were marked by diversity and dynamism, tying the Congo into broader African and global movements.

The contributions in this book provide insight into the multifaceted history of the interaction between religion and colonization. The authors focus on the institutional (including legal) political framework, examine the complex interaction between indigenous and ‘imported’ non-African religious beliefs and practices, and zoom in on the part religions played in the independence movement as well as on their reaction to independence itself.

Contributors: Piet Clement (Bank of International Settlements), Bram Cleys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Anne Cornet (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren) Marie Dunkerley (Exeter University), Zana Aziza Etambala (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren), Anne-Sophie Gijs (Université Catholique de Louvain), Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo (University of Coimbra), Emery Kalema Masua (University of the Witwatersrand), Sindani E. Kiangu (Université de Kinshasa), Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi (Stanford University) Dominic Pistor (Simon Fraser University), Jean-Luc Vellut (Université Catholique de Louvain), Vincent Viaene

Jan de De Maeyer

Jan De Maeyer is professor emeritus with formal duties at KU Leuven, honorary director of KADOC-KU Leuven, chairman of the Advisory Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Flemish Community (2017–2022), and president of the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome (2009–2018).

Contributions:

Missionary Places, 1850–1950
Imagining, Building, Contesting Christianities
Situated at the crossroads of missionary history, imperial history, and colonial architecture, the contributions in this volume investigate the architectural staging and spatial implications of the worldwide expansion of Christianity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By looking at specific architectural fragments, analysing the...



Gothic Revival Worldwide
A. W. N. Pugin's Global Influence
Beautifully illustrated with a large selection of new photography, Gothic Revival Worldwide reveals how A. W. N. Pugin's ideas played a profound role in the changing face of material reform in church architecture as an expression of the evolving identity of churches around the world from North America to Mongolia and the South Pacific.



World Views and Worldly Wisdom
Religion, Ideology and Politics, 1750-2000
Emiel Lamberts, professor emeritus of contemporary history at KU Leuven, is an international expert in the political and religious history of Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His work and the central themes in his research are the focus of World Views and Worldly Wisdom. 



Religious Institutes and Catholic Culture in 19th- and 20th-Century Europe
This volume examines the cultural contribution of religious institutes, men and women religious, and their role in the constitution of Catholic communities of communication in England, Germany, Liechtenstein, the Low Countries, the Nordic countries, and Switzerland.



Regionalism and Modernity
Architecture in Western Europe 1914–1940
In this book, internationally-renowned researchers investigate the complex and shifting relation between regionalism and modernity in the architecture of Western Europe between the two World Wars.



The Economics of Providence
Management, Finances and Patrimony of Religious Orders and Congregations in Europe, 1773–ca. 1930



Loci Sacri
Understanding Sacred Places
Sacred places are not static entities but reveal a historical dynamic. This volume explores both the cultural developments that have shaped them and their varied multidimensional levels of significance.



The Maritain Factor
Taking Religion into Interward Modernism
By studying the reception and perception of the French Catholic philosopher Jacques Maritain, this book argues that European modernist artists and intellectuals sought a primordial finality in Catholicism. The French poet, writer, and surrealist...



Historism and Cultural Identity in the Rhine-Meuse Region
Tensions between Nationalism and Regionalism in the Nineteenth Century
KADOC Artes 10 Based on the cultural insight that "historism"—understood as the projection of the past into the present by artistic means, or the "invention of tradition"—always occurs in close connection with the emergence of nation-states, this...



Sources of Regionalism in the Nineteenth Century
Architecture, Art, and Literature
KADOC Artes 9 Architectural concepts and styles seem to flourish on a variety of levels from the most local of contexts to the global. This book investigates regionalism, which is often conceived today as a late-nineteenth-century phenomenon because...



The Revival of Medieval Illumination
Nineteenth-Century Belgium Manuscripts and Illuminations from a European Perspective
KADOC Artes 8 The art of illumination, usually associated with the Middle Ages, experienced a spectacular revival in nineteenth-century Western Europe. This completely different context gave the illuminations another import. The output of the lay and...



Religion, Children's Literature, and Modernity in Western Europe 1750–2000
In this book some 25 scholars focus on the relationship between religion, children's literature and modernity in Western Europe since the Enlightenment (c. 1750). They examine various aspects of the phenomenon of children's literature, such as types...