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GloPent Conference 2010 - Geographies of Conversion

What Conference
When 2010-02-19 08:00 to
2010-02-20 16:00
Where VU University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Metropolitan building, room Z009, Amsterdam
Contact Name Kim Knibbe
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The fifth international and multidisciplinary conference of the European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (GloPent) will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on February 19-20, 2010 under the title "Geographies of Conversion"


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Recent research has characterized Pentecostal churches as instances of global religion par excellence. Many studies of Pentecostalism have focused on its aim to convert, to save souls, and have a strong emphasis on the empowering experience of the Holy Spirit and miracles among Pentecostal believers. While the relation between Pentecostal conversion and the opportunities and anxieties that go along with globalization and modernity has been one of the central foci of inquiry, the spatial dimension of Pentecostalism’s global spread has received surprisingly little attention.

How can we see the global expansion of Pentecostalism in relation to earlier modes of spreading the Gospel? What is specific to the ways in which Pentecostal churches and movements relate to territories, to borders and to transnational spheres? How can we characterize their approach as a modality of the globalization of religion? How can insight into these processes benefit from a more explicit focus on space?

The study of Pentecostalism unites diverse fields such as geography, sociology, anthropology, theology, and history. Through its annual conferences the Glopent network aims to cross-fertilize and consolidate insights from these various disciplines.

This conference is also intended as the closing conference of the research project, funded by NORFACE and carried out by the GloPent network, on transnational Nigerian-initiated churches, networks and believers in three Northern countries. It is convened under the auspices of the VU institute for the study of religion (VISOR) and the Hollenweger Center.



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Venue: Faculty of Social Sciences, Metropolitan building (Buitenveldertse laan 3), VU University Amsterdam

Tramstop: nr 5 or 51 direction Amstelveen, stop 'Boelelaan/VU'.

Friday, 19 February 2010


09.00–10.00 Registration and coffee/tea (Z009)

10.00–12.15 Plenary 1: Pentecostalism and spatial practices (Z009)

Welcome by dean Anton Hemerijck
Kim Knibbe: Introduction and state of the art
Paul Freston: Reverse mission, a discourse in search of a reality?
Ruth Marshall: A problem of presence: dilemmas of sovereignty and community in Pentecostal political theology

12.15–13.30 Lunch

13.30–14.30 Parallel session 1

  1. Transnational Pentecostalism and urban spaces (Z007)

Linda van de Kamp: Pentecostal navigation of the South-South map: Brazilian transnationalism in urban Mozambique.
Katrin Maier: Behind every great man is a woman. Intertwinement of men’s and women’s spatial discourses and practices of reverse mission in the RCCG London.
Regien Smit:Conflicting spaces in sacred places: African Pentecostals in the Netherlands

  1. Context and culture (Z009)

Alberto Moreira: The global expansion of Brazilian Pentecostalism
Andy Lord: Pentecostal mission through contextualisation
Nienke Pruiksma: Places in relation: How does a transnational congregation live out its mission?

14.45–15.45 Parallel session 2

  1. Mapping religion, religious mapping 1 (main building: 7A06)

Joaõ Rickli: Localising Dutch Protestants: missionary maps and the global identity of local communities.
Jörg Haustein: Mapping the Born-Again Believer: Conversion and Deliverance in Ethiopian Pentecostal Demonology

Dena Freeman: Economic and Moral Geographies of Pentecostalism in Southern Ethiopia.

  1. Conversion and religious markets (Z009)

Wessly Lukose: Pentecostalism in Rajastan, India and the challenge of Hindutva
Roberta Bivar C. Campos: Beyond the written word: Practices and the circulation of the charismatic Pentecostal message
Laurence Muhlheim: Completing the circle: China’s East-West Missionary Project
Viba Joshi: Globalized Evangelical Christianity and Pentecostalism among the Naga of northeast India

  1. The role of Christianity in constituting the places and spaces in diaspora (Z007)

Enzo Pace: The West African Pentecostal Diaspora: Strategies of creativity and survival
Annalisa Buttici: Women in motion: The gendered space of the West African Pentecostal Diaspora in Italy
Danielle Koning: Cultural enclaves or reversed mission? Ethnic boundaries in the mission of immigrant churches in the Netherlands.


15.45–16.15 Refreshments

16.15–17.45 Plenary 2: (Reverse) Mission to Europe (Z009)

Anna Quaas, Richard Burgess and Kim Knibbe (Glopent/Norface project):: Reverse mission: Nigerian-initiated Pentecostal churches in Europe
Ramon Sarró: The futures of prophecy: Old hopes and new geographies for African prophetic churches

18.00 Dinner in town


Saturday, 20 February 2010

09.00–10.30 Plenary 3: Historical Parallels (Z009)

Guy Thomas: Conversion through map images: Missionary contact zones and the concept of persuasive cartography
Martha Frederiks: Geography as a theological notion

10.30–11.00 Refreshments

11.00 –12.00 Parallel Session 3

  1. Sacralization of spaces and Spiritual warfare (Z007)

Paivi Hasu: Bringing back Zombies from the Land of the Witches: Pentecostal Charismatic idiom of resurrection and spiritual Warfare in the plural religious setting of coastal Tanzania
Jeanne Rey: Visible and invisible territories, spirit and migrant circulation in Switzerland
Miranda Klaver: Intimacy of Pentecostal space

  1. Charisma, territory and globalisation (Z009)

George St. Clair: Building purity: Collective church construction in the Congregaçaõ Crista in Saõ Paulo.
Martijn Oosterbaan: Global Christianity: Internet, cartography and community
Alexander Horstman: Faithful Encounters: Transnational Religion, Missionization and the Refugee Crisis in Mainland Southeast Asia

  1. Mapping religion, religious mapping 2 (Z113)

Geraldine Mossiere: Back and forth or all over? Strategies of expansion and the Pentecostal remapping of the globe
Rebecca Catto: Reverse Mission: Change and challenge
Tam Ngo: Mapping the self: American Hmong converts as missionaries in Asia


12.00–13.00 Lunch

13.00–14.30 Plenary 4: Spiritual and Diasporic Geographies (Z009)

Kristine Krause and Rijk van Dijk: Geographies of attachment in Pentecostalism
Gertrud Huewelmeier: Back to Vietnam and South-East Asia. Pentecostal Vietnamese in Germany moving East

14.30–15.00 Refreshments

15.00–16.30 Plenary 5: Pentecostal and Charismatic Geographies (Z009)

Simon Coleman: Fractal and fertile geographies in Pentecostal Mission
Thomas Csordas: Catholic Charismatic Communities: A Geography of the Spirit.

16.30 Conference Summation by Birgit Meyer (Z009)

17.00 Departure


Registration and Accommodation

Registration is closed.

Conference fee: Conference attendence is free, with the exception of the Friday night dinner, for which there is a contribution of 30€.

Room & Board: We offer to facilitate hotel bookings at a rate between 90–100€ per night. Please indicate in the registration form if you want us to book this offer for you. In case the indicated price bracket should no longer be available, we will contact you.

Directions from the Hotels to the conference venue: To go to the VU, you can take tram nr 5 from Leidseplein, Museumplein or Hobbemastraat going towards Amstelveen, and get off at VU/Boelelaan. It takes around 25 minutes. The building where the conference takes place is called the Metropolitan, and it is on your right, facing the direction you came from by tram. The registration desk is through the door to the right as you come in.








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