Mission Studies is an academic research discipline within the Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University, Sweden, with a significant global outlook. It studies Christian churches and communities across the globe and focuses particularly on their theologies, cultural encounters, socio-political interactions, and diverse religious practices. Similarly, the transnational links and connections between the Global South and the Northern hemisphere are of great relevance for further studies, particularly when studying the consequences of migration or the churches involvement within the field of religion and development.
Mission Studies engages with diverse methodologies and theoretical approaches. As scholars within the field we are dealing with a broad range of sources; we are studying historical documents, conducting interviews, doing fieldwork, examining theological texts and social practices, analysing statistical data, and participates in dialogues for peace and intercultural encounters.
As an academic discipline, Mission studies was closely linked to Church History. The historical dimension is still of significant importance but has, with time, developed into an interdisciplinary field. Anthropological, sociological, and hermeneutical perspectives play an important role when studying Christian churches and communities. Whereas Mission Studies, during its first decades in the mid 20th century, was perceived as ‘studies of the expansion of Christianity among the non-Christians’ the English translation of the field better describes the nature and character of the discipline, namely ‘World Christianity and Interreligious Studies’.
PhD students, lecturers, and researchers meet on a weekly basis for a research seminar under the leadership of Professor Kajsa Ahlstrand.
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