Dr. Gladson Jathanna hails from Mandagadde/Karnataka

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION

  • 2013 – Doctor Theol., Chair for Ecumenical Theology and Oriental Church- and Mission History, Faculty of Theology, George August University, Göttingen, Germany.
  • 2008 – Master of Theology, Department of History of Christianity, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • 2005 – Bachelor of Divinity, Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore, Karnataka.
  • 2001 – Bachelor of Arts in Kannada Literature, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College (Mangalore University), Udupi, Karnataka.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (ACADEMIC)

Since August 2018:
Associate Professor and the Head of the Department of History of Christianity at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai/Tamil Nadu. The subjects taught (and teaching) were:

  • Historical Methodology and Historiography of the Indian Church (Master of Theology course)
  • Indigenization and Contextualization (Master of Theology course)
  • History of Christianity during the Early Period – up to 600 CE (Master of Theology course)
  • History of the Ecumenical Movement (Master of Theology course)
  • Introduction to History of Christianity in India (Bachelor of Divinity course)

June 2013 to July 2018:
Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Christianity and Mission Studies at Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore/Karnataka. The subjects taught were:

  • Introduction to the History of Christianity in India
  • Contemporary Issues in Mission Studies
  • Introduction to Mission History
  • Women in the History of Christianity
  • Introduction to Ecumenical Movement
  • Human Sexuality

June 2014 to May 2018:

Director of the Karnataka Theological Research Institute, affiliated to the Hampi Kannada University for MPhil. and PhD. studies.

Teacher for the Moegling Institute for the German Language, An Institution of the Karnataka Christian Educational Society, Mangalore/Karnataka

October 2009 to May 2013:

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Assistant), InstitutfürÖkumenischeTheologie und OrientalischeKirchen- und Missionsgeschichte, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen

April 2010 to May 2013:

Lecturer for the MA “Intercultural Theology”, a programme jointly coordinated by FIT (former Missionsseminar), Hermannsburg and Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen/Germany. The subjects taught were:

  • History of Religions and Church History in India and the Near East
  • Religions, Society and Politics in India
  • Introduction to the Contextual Theologies

Lecturer for the MA Euro-culture, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen/Germany (http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/324862.html). The courses taught were:

  • Europe in the Wider World: India
  • Introduction to Postcolonialism

June 2008 to September 2009:

Lecturer in the Department of History of Christianity at Madras Theological Seminary and College (Senate of Serampore College), Chennai/Tamil Nadu. The course taught were:

  • Introduction to the History of Christianity in the World
  • Introduction to the History of Christianity in India
  • The Reformation History and Theology
  • Introduction to the Mission and Evangelism


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (NON-ACADEMIC)

June 2008 to September 2009: Warden for boy’s hostel, Madras Theological Seminary and College, Chennai/Tamil Nadu

May 2005 to June 2006: Programme Secretary for the Student Christian Movement of India, Karnataka Region, Bangalore/Karnataka


ACADEMIC AND NON-ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENTS

  • Executive Member of the Church History Association of India (CHAI) since 2006
  • Senior Friend of Student Christian Movement of India since 2008
  • Honorary President of Student Christian Movement of India, Karnataka Region from 2015 to 2017
  • Member of the Board of Studies of the Department of History, Aloysius College, Mangalore since 2016
  • Member of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Missionswissenschaft (DGMW) since 2017
  • Member of American Academy of Religions, Postcolonial Theology Network, World Student Christian Federation, Ecclesia of Women in Asia, Greenpeace India and many other organisations and networks


AWARDS (Selection)

  • Young Poet of the Year awarded by Badria First Grade College, Mangalore University 1999
  • Academic Proficiency Awards from the Karnataka Theological College, Mangalore 2005
  • Academic Proficiency Awards from the Senate of Serampore and Union Biblical Seminary, Pune 2005
  • General Proficiency Award from the Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai 2008


LANGUAGES KNOWN

Tulu, Kannada, English, Hindi, German
Working knowledge: Sanskrit, Hebrew, Greek, Latin and Tamil


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Intercultural Theology, Mission History, Postcolonial Studies, Feminism, Subaltern Reconstructions, Dalithology, Cultural Studies, Theology, Media and Anthropology

 

PUBLICATIONS (Selection)

Books

Mode of Mutuality in the Margins of Mission. Hermannsburg Women’s Mission in India. Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2015.


Edited Volumes

(with Martin Tamcke) Construction of the Other, Identification of the Self. German Mission in India. Münster: LIT, 2012.

(with Martin Tamcke) Body, Emotion and Mind: ‘Embodying’ the Experiences in Indo-European Encounters. Münster: LIT, 2013.


Forthcoming Volumes

Church and Ecumenism (Co-authoring with Rohan Gideon – A Council for World Mission Publication

Church and Empire (Co-authoring with Y T Vinayaraj) – A Council for World Mission Publication)

A History of Christian People in Karnataka (co-authoring with C. L. Furtado, H.S. Wilson and Pius Pinto – A Church History Association of India Publication)


Articles in Books and Journals

‘Understanding Subaltern History: Review of Understanding Subaltern History: Theoretical Tools by V.V. Thomas,’ Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies, 19/1, 2008, 208-210.

‘Indigeneous Religion, Missionaries and Representation: A Reading of the Basel mission Reports (1836-1860) from the Margin,’Indian Church History Review, 43/1, 2009, 37-61.

‘Oriental Experiences and Representation: Indian Native Women in the Basel Missionaries’ Discourse,’ in Martin Tamcke and Arthur Manukyan (eds.), Orthodoxie, Orient und Europa: Kulturbegegnungzwischen Imagination und Realität, vol. 2 (Würzburg, 2010), 115-142.

‘Missionary Knowledge and Native Experience: Representation of Indian Women in the Basel Missionaries’ Discourse,’ Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. XXI, No. 1, January 2010, 90-114.

‘Biblewomen and the Missionary Ideal of the Hermannsburg Mission in India,’ in Jobst Reller (Hg.), ,,Die Mission istWeiblich”Missionarsfrauen,Missionsfreudinnen und Bibelfrauen In den erstenbeidenGenerationen der Hermannsburger Mission, (Münster & Berlin, 2011), 125-132.

‘Cross, Crown and Culture: Revisiting the Place of the Orients in the Edinburgh 1910,’ in Martin Tamcke and Arthur Manukyan (eds.), Orientalische Christen und Europa: KulturbegegnungzwischenInterferenz, Partizipation und Antizipation (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2012), 93-100.

‘Negotiating Borders and Bridges: Indian Biblewomen in Hermannsburg Mission’ in Martin Tamcke and GladsonJathanna (eds.), Construction of the Other, Identification of the Self. German Mission in India (Münster: LIT Verlag), 2012,67–74.

‘Mode of Mutuality: A Methodological Interrogation to the Gendered Historiography of Christian Mission,’ Master’s Journal of Theology, Vol. 4, Issue2, December 2014, 64-75.

‘Communion Beyond Binaries: The Margins of Mission Revisited,’ in WatiLongchar and P. Mohan Larbeer (eds.), Communion on the Move: Towards a Relevant Theological Education. Essays in Honour of Bishop John Sadananda(Bangalore: BTESSC, 2015), 27-37.

‘Historiographical Re-imaginations: Interrogating Archival Space,’ in P.G.George(ed.), Theological Research in the Global South: Prospects and Challenges(Serampore: SATHRI, 2015), 84-95.

‘White Subalterns: Relocating Missionary Women in the Gendered Historiography of Mission,’ in Dexter Maben (ed.), Borders and Margins: Re-visioning Ministry and Mission (Tiruvalla, Bangalore: CSS and UTC, 2015), 113-128.

‘Kuvempu and M.M. Thomas: Sahrdaya Voices Propagating the Message of Sarvodaya’ in P.G.George and Y.T. Vinayaraj (eds.) Reclaiming Manyness: Re-reading M.M. Thomas in the Light of Indian Christian Theologies (Serampore: SATHRI. 2015), 153-166.

‘Muscular Manhood in Making the Nation: Gendered Face of Jewish Nationalism and Pentecostal Zionism,’ SATHRI Journal, Vol.IX No.2, October 2015, 159-169.

‘Re-inventing Invented Histories: Re-Reading the Idea of History in M. M.Thomas’ in C.I. David Joy and P. Mohan Larbeer (eds.) Journeys into the Deep: Hermeneutical Patterns of M.M. Thomas (Bangalore: BTESSC, 2016), 210-218.

‘Faith, Fear and Freedom in the Face of Empire’ NCC Review, Vol. CXXXVI, No. 03, April 2016, 129-134.

‘Spirit Deified and Spirits Demonized: The Euro-Christian Representation of Bhuta/Spirit Worship in Tulunadu’ SATHRI Journal, Vol. X No.1, April 2016, 26-48.

‘Relocating M. M. Thomas’ Idea of History in the Face of Imperial Histories’ Religion and Society, Vol. 16, No. 3 & 4, Sept-Oct 2016, 13-25.

‘Partnership, Friendship and Dialogue’ in Martin Tamcke (ed.) Partnerschaft, Freundschaft und Dialog: BeitraegezumInternationalen Symposium am LehrstuhlfuerOekumenischeTheologie und OrientalischeKirchen- und Missionsgeschichte, Muenster: LIT, 2016, 17-22.

‘Gregory the Theo-poet: Re-chanting the Poems of Cappadocian Father Gregory of Nazianzus’SATHRI Journal, Vol. XI, No.3, September 2017, 35-50.

‘Rethinking Theological Education in Such a Time as This: Intensions for Radical Imagination’ in Y.T. Vinayaraj, Dexter Maben and Woba James (Eds.) Re-imagining Reformation: Essays in Honor of P.G. Gorge, Delhi: ISPCK, 2017, 127-146.

‘Mission Moves beyond Gendered Binaries: History of the Basel Mission Revisited’ (to be published by the Church of South India-Synod)

‘Negotiating Borders and Bridges: Rethinking Christian Mission in India Today’ (to be published by the Church of South India-Synod)

‘Mode of Mutuality: A Methodological Interrogation of the Gendered Historiography of Christian Mission’ (to be published by the Institut fuer Evangelische Theologie und Religionspaedagogik, Oldenburg University, Germany)

 

PRESENTATIONS (Selection):

Reservation: From a Minority Perspective. Paper presented (jointly with N.G.Prasuna and Paul Sudhakar) at the Chennai Intercollegiate Seminar (India), 2007.

Negotiating the Margins: Problematising the Indian Christology. Paper presented at the Pastors’ Conference, Kassel-Hofgeismar (Germany), 4 November 2009.

A Subaltern Indian Christology: An Affirmation of Humanisation. Paper presented at the Pastors’ Conference, Kassel-Hofgeismar (Germany), 4 November 2009.

Cultures in Contact: The Question of Representation and Subjectivity in Mission History. Paper presented at the international conference ‘Kulturen in Kontakt: Herstellung, Struktur und Wirkungeuropäisch-chinesischer Interaktionsräume,’ Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), 4 July 2010.

Krone, Christus und Kaste: Stolpersteine iminterreligiösen Dialog. Eine indischechristlichePerspektive. Paper presented at PartnerschaftsseminarIndien, Alsfeld(Germany), 8 May 2010.

Cross, Crown and Culture: Revisiting the Place of the Orients in the Edinburgh 1910. Paper presented in an international conference “Orientalische Christen und Europa. KulturbegegnungzwischenInterferenz, Partizipation und Antizipation.” Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), 25-26 June 2010.

Biblewomen and the Missionary Ideal of the Hermannsburg Mission in India. Paper presented in an international conference “Die Mission istWeiblich.” Ludwig-Harms Symposium, Ev. -luth. Missionswerk in Niedersachsen, Hermannsburg (Germany), 19-20 November 2010

Negotiating Borders and Bridges: Indian Biblewomen in Hermannsburg Mission. Paper presented in an international conference “Konstruktionen des Anderen, Identifikationen des Eigenen. Deutsche Mission in Indien.” Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), 19 February 2011.

Are Omissions Accidents? : Mission Archives between Imagination and Reality. Paper presented in an international conference “Science Transfer as Cultural Dialogue.” FranckescheStiftungen, Halle and RojahMuthiah Research Library, Chennai. Chennai (India), 23-24 February 2012.

Hermannsburg Missionary Women and Indian Native Women: Subaltern Agents of Mutual Humanity? Paper presented in an international conference “Frauen in der Hermannsburger Mission im 20. Jh.” Ludwig-Harms Symposium, Ev. -luth.Missionswerk in Niedersachsen, Hermannsburg (Germany), 16-17 November 2012.

‘Engendering’ emotions, ‘embodying’ experiences: encountering a ritually ‘purified’ body of a Bible woman. Paper presented in an international conference “Body, Emotion and Mind: ‘Embodying’ the Experiences in Indo-European Encounters.”Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany), 23-24 November 2012.

For Such a Time as This: Discerning Christian Public Witness. Paper presented in a College Retreat. United Theological College, Bangalore, 29 – 30 July 2014.

Historiographical Re-imaginations. Paper presented in a national conference“Theological Research in the Global South: Prospects and Challenges.” SATHRIJubilee National Consultation, South Asia Theological Research Institute, Senate of Serampore, West Bengal, 15-17 August 2014.

Mission of Humanisation: Perspectives and Challenges. Paper presented in a Panel on Youth and Human Rights, St. Aloysius College, Mangalore, 12 December 2014.

Methodological Issues in History of Christianity. Paper presented in D.ThResearch Methodology Seminar. South Asia Theological Research Institute, UTC, Bangalore, 26 May 2015.

Partnership, Friendship and Dialogue.Festvortrag on the 60thBirthday of Prof.Dr. Dr. h.c. Martin Tamcke, Goettingen, Germany, 22 June 2015.

Mission Moves beyond Gendered Binaries. Paper presented in an international seminar on “Mission Moves–Bicentenary Celebration of Basel Mission” organized jointly by the CSI-Synod and CSI-KSD, Mangalore, 8-9 October 2015.

Postcolonial Historiography: Postcolonial Interrogation of an Archival Research. Paper presented at the ISET-ECC & FFRRC Annual Joint Seminar, ECC/Bangalore, 24-25 November, 2015.

Feminist Historiographies: Feminist Methodological Reconstructions. Paper presented at the ISET-ECC & FFRRC Annual Joint Seminar, ECC/Bangalore, 24-25 November, 2015.

‘Engendering’ emotions, ’embodying’ experiences: Reclaiming the body in an Indo-European encounter. Paper presented in an international conference on “Reclaiming the Body: Gender, Sexuality and Violence” organized by the Department of Sociology, University of Pune, 29 February 2016.

Revisiting the Idea of History in M. M. Thomas in the face of Invented Histories. Paper presented in the symposium on “Remembering MM Thomas: Re-imagining Christian Public Witness in India Today” organised jointly by Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society and Tiruvalla Ecumenical Charitable Trust, UTC, Bangalore, 12-13 May, 2016.

Hindu Nationalism and Gendered Imaginations. The lecture was given at a Summer Consultation for Theology Students on “Removing the Blinders: Healing in our Work,” organized by the ISET-ECC, Bangalore, 16-20 May, 2016.

Postcolonial Re-imaginations. Interrogating Archival Space in Indo-European Encounters. Paper presented at the Conference on “Wir und die ‚Anderen’? ErkundungenimGrenzgebiet von Postkolonialismus
 und Theologie” organized by the InstitutfuerEvangelischeTheologie und Religionspaedagogik, Oldenburg University, Germany, 5-6 August 2016.

Theological Education and Radical Imagination: Intentions for Alternative Thinking. Paper presented at the Consultation on “Theological Education as Transformative Praxis” organized jointly by the Council for World Mission, BTESSCE and Bishop’s College, Kolkata, 27-30 November, 2016.

Theological Creativity and Diversity’ in the History of Christian Thoughts. Paper presented in the Indian Theological Students’ Conference on the theme, “Church amidst Diversity” organized by the Carey Society, United Theological College, Bangalore, 23-25 January 2017.

Bible, Empire and Resistance. Paper presented at the consultation on “Resistance and Prophetic Witness” in Kolkata, 3-5 March, 2017.

Post-colonial Perspectives on Evangelism: Evangelism as Violence, Sinful Evangelism. Paper presented in the Seminar on “De-centred Perspectives on Evangelism” organized by CWM in Jakarta/Indonesia, 19-23 July 2017.

Decolonizing the Divine: Interrogating Victorian Ideals in Asia, book project proposal presented in Fortress Press Writers’ Workshop on “Interrogating and Reconstructing Theology in South Asia” in Bangalore, 25-26 August, 2017.

Empire and Globalization. The lecture was given at the consultation on “Re-imagining the Public Witness of the Church in South Asia” organized by Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, Bangalore and Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue, Colombo in Colombo/Sri Lanka, 23-27 September 2017.

Evangelism from the Margins. Paper presented in the Consultation on Evangelism organized jointly by WCC and CWM at Bangkok/Thailand from 26 November to 1 December 2017.

Negotiating Borders and Bridges: Rethinking Christian Mission. Paper presented in the Consultation on “Rethinking Ecclesia” organized by the Synod of the Church of South India, Chennai, 22-23, February 2018.

Competing Fundamentalism in the 21st Century and Margins, Marginality and Interreligious Dialogue. Lectures given at the Face to Face Programme of the Council for World Mission hosted at Henry Martyn Institute, Hyderabad, 09-11, March 2018.

Jesus and Sharanbasaveshwara: Champions of Social Justice, Paper presented in the Consultation on “The Life and Work of Sharanbasaveshwara” at Sharanbasava University, Gulbarga/Karnataka, 28-29 April 2018.

From Marginality to Mutuality: A Journey Beyond Postcolonialism, Paper presented in an international consultation on “Postcolonialismus und was dann?” organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft fuerMissionswissenschaft at Wuppertal/Germany, 09-13 September 2018.

Revisiting Theological Education in India Today. Paper presented at the Faculty Research Seminar, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, 15 November 2018.

World Christianity as De-territorializing Movements: Towards a Mission of the Multitude, the lecture was given at the University of Applied Sciences for Intercultural Theology, Hermannsburg/Germany on 18 December 2018.