Social Sciences and Missions

Editor-in-Chief: Yannick Fer
The peer-reviewed journal Social Sciences and Missions provides a dedicated forum for the exploration of “mission” from a social scientific perspective. It thus welcomes contributions in the fields of history, anthropology, sociology, political science or social geography. While the journal originally focused on Christianity, it now has a broader appreciation of “mission” as a concept. Specifically, for the journal “mission” is not a theological category, but rather a type of social action and a modality of religious intervention in social space. In this sense, it is not restricted to Christian actors, and includes religious activities that outline a particular purpose at some kind of social, political, cultural, and economic transformation that may not be neatly defined as "conversion" of others. Therefore, the journal does not aim at studying missions for themselves, but rather as a social fact, which throws light on the relations between religion and society at both local and global scales.

Such a definition of mission recognizes the global transformation of the religious field and allows for the exploration of valuable themes: historical and contemporary North-South relationships as well as international circulations of religious actors; the increasing role of the Global South in missionary activities; the regulation of religious expressions in public space and the role of religion in the shaping of citizenship and political life; religious and cultural pluralism, conflict, and mediation; the influential role of religion in humanitarian action, social welfare and development work; the innovative entry of religion in other social spheres such as sports or popular culture; its relations to sexuality, race and gender; and the evolution of religious organizations with respect to missionary work. The journal seeks to publish work that highlights the ongoing but changing significance of mission and the many intersections between religious purposes and social dynamics. Social Sciences & Missions accepts articles in English and in French. It also welcomes proposals for pioneering special issues.

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Editor-in-chief:
Yannick Fer, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

Associate Editors:
Jayeel S. Cornelio, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook University New York, USA

Book Review Editor - French language
Gwendoline Malogne-Fer, Centre Maurice Halbwachs, France

Book Review Editor - English language
Weishan Huang, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Assistant Editor (varia articles)
Gabrielle Angey, Université Paris-Dauphine, France

Editorial Board
Jean-Marie Bouron†, Université de Nantes, France
Deborah Gaitskell, School of Oriental & African Studies, London, United Kingdom
Katrin Langewiesche, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany
Sin Wen Lau, University of Otago, New Zealand
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, Pace University, USA
Lorenzo Macagno, Universidade do Paraná, Brasil
David Maxwell, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Nicolas Monnier, Lausanne, Switzerland
Eric Morier-Genoud, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Heather Sharkey, Pennsylvania University, USA
Connie Shemo, SUNY Plattsburgh, USA
John Stuart, Kingston University London, UK
Wendy Urban-Mead, Bard College New York, USA