Inventing the World: Transnationalism, Transmission, and Christian Textualities
Following Mbembe, I propose we understand missions in Africa as a site for inventing “the world.”
Indeed, the “world” as a category of thought is one of the most impoverished concepts of African philosophical reflection. To a very large extent, the confinement of Africa to area studies and the inability of African criticism to think in terms of the “world” go together. (Mbembe 2001, 4)
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- 4.Or as a Scottish missionary said in a different context: “Let me remind you that there are two Manchurias, two Old Calabars, two Jamaicas, two Grand Caymans. There is the one you will find when you land there, and the other which you labour to realize” (United Presbyterian Church 1890, 284).Google Scholar