Das Missionswerk der Ev.-Luth. Landeskirche Sachsens und der Evangelischen Kirche in Mitteldeutschland

  • Mission und Kolonialismus

Symposium 29-30 October, 2021

"Climbing high mountains. Colonial entanglement & postcolonial reflections"

Symposium commemorating the 125th year of the death of seven civilians from Leipzig Mission – Karava, Mrio and three other Chagga people, and the two missionaries Ewald Ovir and Karl Segebrock – at Mount Meru October 20, 1896.

To register your participation send an e-mail to info(at)lmw-mission.de. You will receive the ZOOM-Link some days before the symposium.

Program / Programm

In October of 1896, a squadron of Deutsche Schutztruppe forces erected a camp on Mount Meru, near to the mission station that King Matunda was having built. A night battle between local people and the German forces resulted in the deaths of at least seven civilians who worked the mission station, including five Chagga (Karava, Mrio, and three whose names we seek to identify) and two Eastern European Leipzig Mission missionaries, Ewald Ovir and Karl Segebrock. The deaths of Ovir and Segebrock were then used as an excuse by the Deutsche Schutztruppe to brutally attack the Wameru and Waarusha people. We want to commemorate the 125th year of the event with a symposium.

Preparatory session in german language only: Geschichtswerkstatt (History workshop): 28 October 2021

Thursday 28. October, 2021: 18:00 CEST (UTC+2) - in German language only

Mission im kolonialen Kontext. Karl von Schwartz und der Eintritt (der Leipziger Mission) in der Kolonie Deutsch-Ostafrika | Rev. Jürgen Günther

Main event in English language only: Symposium: 29 – 30 October, 2021

Friday 29 October, 2021: 16:00 – 20:00 h CEST (UTC+2)
15:45 Technical support / opening of the ZOOM session

Welcome Address | Rev. Daniel Keiling, Tanzania Secretary Leipzig Mission

  Introduction | Rev. Ravinder Salooja, Director Leipzig Mission
16:30 Colonisation, conversion, and co-option: Postcolonial reflections | Dr. Gladson Jathanna, Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Christianity, Pacific Theological College, Suva, Fiji

Mission - white, western, colonial? Mission in the contemporary theological discourse in Germany | Konstantin Gerber, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Faculty of Theology

18:00 Break

Key lecture I: Unavoidably entangled into the machinery of war? – Missionaries squeezed between their supposed African addressees and the German colonial military | Prof. Dr. Moritz Fischer, University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology, Südheide-Hermannsburg

19:15 Evening prayer | Rev. Daniel Keiling - Rev. Emmanuel Majola
20:00 Closing
Saturday 30 October, 2021: 9:00- 13:00 h CEST (UTC+2)
09:00 Welcome - Morning prayer
09:20 The Geographical and Chronological perspectives of Leipzig Missionaries’ activities, around Meru land for about 125 years ago | Rev. Emmanuel Majola, Head of Ailanga Lutheran Junior Seminary, Meru Diocese, Tanzania

Key lecture II: The Akeri Killings of 1896 | Prof. Dr. Joseph W. Parsalaw, Vice Chancellor, Tumaini University Makumira

11:00 Break
11:15 125 years Death at Mt. Meru – a Discourse Analysis of the Reception of the Killing of two Leipzig Missionaries from a Postcolonial Perspective | Moni Parisius, University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology, Südheide-Hermannsburg
  Rediscovery and reevaluation of mission understanding of the Courland Lutheran Consistory and missionary martyr Karl Segebrock | Kristina Ecis, University of Latvia, Faculty of Theology, Riga
12:20 Lessons Learned | Discussion started with 5 points by Dr. Karolin Wetjen, Assistant Professor, University Kassel, Faculty of Social Sciences - Final plenary disussion
12:45 Thanks and Farewell | Antje Lanzendorf, Communications Manager Leipzig Mission
13:00 Closing

To participate in the online-symposium, kindly register yourselves by Monday, October 25, 2021 at info@LMW-Mission.de. Following your registration you will receive the link for your digital access.


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