Interlink - N° 22 - January 2010

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While the members of Anthropos Institute have many publications, as noted in the individual reports below, I would like to highlight one of them which was a collaborative effort in the ASPAC zone. In 2005, a large number of SVD scholars gathered at Divine Word University, Madang (PNG) for a conference of ASPAMIR (Asia and Pacific Missionary Research) . The papers delivered at the conference were published in a thick volume: Patrick Gesch, ed. Mission and Violence: Healing the Lasting Damage (Madang: DWU Press, 2009). Nine present or past members of Anthropos Institute have articles in this book: Gesch (PNG), Gibbs (PNG), Gnanaprakasam (INH), Kanjamala (INM), Lourdusamy (deceased in 2007), Mantovani (AUS), Neonbasu (IDT), Tule (IDE), and Zocca (PNG). I am encouraged by this collaborative effort of the members of Anthropos Institute among themselves and with other SVD on the zonal level. This points to the potential for further and diversified opportunities for collaboration at different levels.

From the desk of the coordinator I offer several items of interest for our international network of Anthropos Institute in 2009. My four-week visit to all four SVD provinces in Indonesia was the highlight of my work in 2009 as Coordinator of Anthropos Institute. First of all, I met the three current members of Anthropos Institute in Indonesia—Josef Glinka (IDJ), Gregor Neonbasu (IDT) and Philip Tule (IDE)—and I also talked with quite a number of potential future members, who have completed master’s level degrees in the social and religious sciences. Secondly, I visited three centers administered by the SVD that are devoted to the study of culture and religion—Aditya Wacana Center for the Study of Religion and Culture (Malang, IDJ), Cadraditya Research Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture (Maumere, IDE), and Manse Nsae Research Center (Kupang, IDT). At the moment, two of these three centers have official generalate recognition, while the third is still in an early stage of development. Only one of the current members of Anthropos Institute works at one of these centers, although each center has good potential members on site and/or others currently completing degrees. In addition, I also visited the Widya Wahana Library of Balinese culture (Tuka, IDJ) established by the late Norbert Shadeg, SVD, elected an emeritus member of Anthropos Institute in 2003. Some of the electronic materials were forwarded to our central library in St. Augustin. Thirdly, I gave a powerpoint presentation, followed by questions, on “The SVD Tradition of Anthropos Institute” in six different venues to a total of over three-hundred SVD seminarians, two-hundred novices, and twenty-five junior brothers. Forty percent of the SVD in temporary vows and novitiate are in Indonesia. Finally, I talked about the SVD “Anthropos Tradition” with many other SVD working in the areas of leadership, formation, admimistraton, education, parish work, communication, peace and justice and other forms of ministry. I was struck by the tremendous potential and the significant challenges for the SVD Indonesians in general, and specifically for the goals of the Anthropos Institute.

The significant growth in length of this issue of Interlink is due to a somewhat better response by individual members, but more importantly, to a dramatic increase in the number of reports from SVD-affiliated centers of religion and culture. In particular, I encourage you to take a moment to read those latter reports from nine institutions.


The homepage of Anthropos Institute on the SVD Curia website (, which was updated in 2009, is a resource of information. The Anthropos Institute list server, established at Creighton University, USA, continues to offer an avenue for the exchange of information and ideas among members of Anthropos Institute. Presently, seventeen people are registered on the list server. Those who are registered can post messages and will receive messages from others on the list. If you wish to add your name to this list server, go to the site by either clicking on the URL below or by copying and pasting it into your web browser: Then simply enter your e-mail address, choose a password, and submit both through the site. You will receive a notification of that registration. Direct any technical questions to Alexander Rödlach at [email protected] . Let me share some particular news regarding

an impressive list of over 100 journals specialized especially in the field of social and religious sciences. It is a great service made possible through our Institute’s library at St. Augustin. You can consult the website of the journal ( for further information. Anthropology & Mission No 39 (July 2009) and No 40 (December 2009) each contained 16 pages of reviews of relevant books and articles for missionaries in the field. The book reviews were prepared by Gächter and Ivan Lobo, SVD, and the article reviews by Piepke and Piwowarczyk. Issue no. 39 includes a book review of Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Christianity in Melanesia, by Anthropos Institute member Franco Zocca and his colleague Jack Urame.

members of Anthropos Institute. First of all, Pope Benedict XVI on November 7 appointed Fr. Pio Estepa S.V.D., Mission Secretary at the Generalate, as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Culture. He joins fellow Anthropos Institute member Fr. S.M. Michael, SVD on that Council. Secondly, two members died during 2009: Frs. Anton Quack (GER) on April 2 and Hermann Hocheggar (OES) on May 21. Quack served many years at Anthropos Institute Sankt Augustin, particularly as Review Editor of the Anthropos journal. Hocheggar worked for thirty-four years in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was engaged in scientific pursuits until his death in Sankt Gabriel. In 2009, we added three new members. Frs. Jose Kuzhikkattuthazhe working in the Assam area of North East India, and José Luiz Cazarotto, coordinator of Anthropos do Brasil, were introduced in the last issue of Interlink. The newest member is Fr. Roger Munsi Vanzila, SVD, lecturer at Nanzan University (JAP) and member of Nanzan Institute of Religion and Culture. Munsi of the Democratic Republic of Congo became the first African member of Anthropos Institute, and interestingly from the country where Hocheggar worked for many years.

Reports by Individual Members These reports include material published during 2009 and lectures/conference papers given during the same time. What is in press will be mentioned when it appears. Members, however, report also about their works in progress to provide an avenue for knowing what the members of the Institute are working on. These reports reflect the great diversity and depth of the work of individual members.

In addition to Anthropos Institute members I met in Indonesia, I also saw Gibbs (PNG), Kisala (CUR), and Mantovani (AUS) in 2009. Of course, I had email contact with many others. Feel free to contact me, Fr. Roger Schroeder (USC), regarding any business related to the international network of Anthropos Institute at [email protected] I would like to close by thanking the other two members of the Coordinating Council of Anthropos Institute for their helpful advice and efficient communication throughout the year: Frs. Ennio Mantovani (AUS) and Alexander Rödlach (USC). Best wishes for 2010!

Publications of the Institute The official publications of the Institute are entrusted to the Editorial Board at Anthropos Institute St. Augustin. Fr. Dariusz Piwowarczyk serves as Editor-in-Chief, Fr. Anton Quack as Review Editor (deceased), Frs. Othmar Gächter and Joachim Piepke as members of the editorial team. The two volumes of Anthropos 2009 with 700 pages offer 20 articles, 16 reports and comments, and 105 book reviews. The 130 authors represent twentyseven countries of birth. The following members of Anthropos Institute contributed articles and/or book reviews for Anthropos 2009: Bronk, Gächter, Gibbs, Piwowarczyk, and Quack. Patrick Caffey, SVD, and Josef Salmen, SVD, who are not Anthropos Institute members, also wrote book reviews. A book review was done of Piepke’s edited volume, Kultur und Religion in der Begegnung mit dem Fremden (“Culture and Religion in the Encounter of the Strange”), with the major papers delivered at the symposium in 2006 that marked the centennial of the Anthropos journal. The section of “Zeitschriftenschau” is a rich resource with 36 pages of the titles of articles from


Mario Aguilar Aguilar occupies the chair of religion and politics at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where he also is the director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP). He gave a course on “Theology in Latin America” and co-taught a course on “Church, Ritual and Politics” with sociological and theological material on Africa and Latin America. In the second half of 2009, he spent a research leave in Chile doing interviews and archival research, which he used in writing volume VI of A Social History of the Catholic Church in Chile, covering the years 1970-1973. In November he spoke in a session in honour of the late Argentinean theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal. Publications: He published the following books in 2009: Theology, Liberation, Genocide: A Theology of the Periphery. London: SCM Press; The Politics of God in East Africa: Oromo Ritual and Religion. Trenton, N.J.: Africa World Press; Retorno a la Villa Grimaldi. Santiago: Caliope Ediciones; Pausas: Poemas de Villa Grimaldi a India. Santiago: Mago Ediciones; Manifiesto del Bicentenario: Poemas. Santiago: Caliope Ediciones y Kawell Kelun Editores; Sueños y cuerpos: Poemas. Santiago: Fundación Literaria Civilización; Epistolario de la Memoria: Poemas. Santiago: Fundación Literaria Civilización; Planetas y Números: Poemas. Santiago: Fundación Literaria Civilización. His other publication included: “Truth Commissions and Rules: Justice and Peace”, in Anthony F. Lang Jr. and Amanda Russell Beattie (eds.), War, Torture and Terrorism: Rethinking the Rules of International Security, London and New York: Routledge, 2009, 162-173; “The Kairos of

Grodź) Historia religii Kazimierza Banka (The History of Religion of Kazimierz Banek), Nomos 2008 nr 63/64, pp. 139-143. Symposia/Conference Papers: Delivered the following three papers at the Copernican Lectures, Nicolai Copernicus University, Torun: „Why does Religion Need No Philosophy?,“ „Once More on the Thesis of the Return of Religion,“ „Are the Sciences a Threat to Religion?“; paper on „The Ethical Determinations of Science“ at the conference of the Committee of Ethics in Science PAN (Natural Academy of Science), Warsaw; paper on “Humanism in European Science and Culture," at the conference of the Societas Humboldtiana Polonorum in Lublin; “Philosophy of Religion Today,” in Kraków.

Medellín 1968: Towards a Movement for Liberation and New Mission after Vatican II”, in Patrick Claffey and Joseph Egan (eds.), Movement or Moment?: Assessing Liberation Theology Forty Years after Medellín. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2009, 928; “Editorial: Political Theology, Asylum Seekers and the Dalai Lama,” Political Theology 10: 5-9, 2. Andrzej Bronk Bronk is Professor on the faculty of John Paul II Catholic University Lublin (KUL) and Head of the Department of Methodology. He is a member of many academic societies and serves on the editorial boards for eleven publications. He has done about forty reviews for the Central Committee for Scientific Titles of the Polish Ministry of Education, and ten reviews and opinions for different Universities. The following article was written about Bronk: Henryk Hoffman, “Jubileusz 70-lecia Księdza Profesora Andrzeja Bronka SVD” (“Jubilee of 70th Birthday of Fr. Professor Andrzej Bronk”), Nomos. Kwartalnik Religioznawczy 2008 nr 61/62 Pp. 160-164. Publications: Podstawy nauk o religii (Foundations of the Study of Religion and Religions). Lublin: TN KUL 2009, 500 pages (improved, enlarged III edition); „Metareligioznawstwo” („Meta Study of Religion”), „Metoda” („Method”), „Metodologia nauk” („Methodology of Sciences”), „Metoda naukowa” („Scientific Method”) Encyklopedia Katolicka. Lublin: TN KUL 2008 Pp. 628-630, 635-637, 644649, 637-644; (With Stanisław Majdański) „Kłopoty z porządkowaniem nauk: perspektywa naukoznawcza” („Problems with Classifications of the Sciences: A Methodological Perspective”), Nauka 1/2009 P. 47-66; „Słowo wstępne“ („Introduction“), in: Philip Jenkins, Chrześcijaństwo przyszłości. Nadejście globalnej Christianitas, translation by Stanislaus Grodź of The Next Christendom. The Coming of Global Christianity. Warsaw: Verbinum. Wydawnictwo Księży Werbistów 2009 Pp. 5-17; „Nowy porządek świata” („New World Order”) Tygodnik Powszechny 3 May 2009, nr 18 P. 17 (reference to: Philip Jenkins, Chrześcijaństwo przyszłości. Nadejście globalnej Christianitas, trans. Grodź, SVD. Warszawa: Verbinum 2009); „Method as a Distinguishing Characteristic of Science,” in: Łukasiewicz, Dariusz, and Roger Pouivet (eds.), Scientific Knowledge and Common Knowledge. Bydgoszcz: Kazimierz University Press 2009, pp. 35-54; “The Rationality of Belief and the Significance of Prejudgments for the Act of Interpretation,” in: The Task of Interpretation: Hermenutics, Psychoanalysis, and Literary Studies. Dariusz Skórczewski, Andrzej Wierciński, Edward Fiała, eds. Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL 2009, Pp. 73-85. Bronk published the following book reviews: Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik, Odkrywanie aksjologicznego wymiaru nauki (Discovering the Axiological Dimension of Science) (Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL 2008), Zagadnienia Naukoznawstwa 2008 nr 3-4, Pp. 454-469; McLeod Hugh, The Religious Crisis of the 1960s (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press 2007, 290 pp.), Anthropos 104:2009/2, Pp. 616-620; (With S.

Ernst Brandewie Brandewie continues to do some translation work for the Anthropos journal. He recently translated the following: A. Quack, “Anthropology and Missionaries” (103.2008/2), 560-567; O. Gächter, “Anton Quack” (1946-2009)” (104,2009/2), 519526; article/paper on Sikhism by Gächter; and several minibiographies for J. Piepke. Having completed the book on Cardinal Tien in 2007, he is considering writing a book of the biographies and major contributions of particular SVD missionaries, such as thirty pages each on ten missionaries, or, ten pages on thirty missionaries. José Luiz Cazarotto Cazarotto is Director of “Anthropos do Brasil” and Director and Teacher at St. Paul Theological Institute in São Paulo. Along with his major administrative and teaching responsibilities, he has done some research in 2009 on a new Brazilian messianic movement, which is a very closed group and difficult to study. So far he has been able to draw together an account of its history, main characteristics, and theological perspectives. Secondly, he has conducted some research—a kind of “revisited” studies—on “social isolated communities.” These anthropological studies were somewhat “popular” in the 40s and 50s. Cazarotto is studying what has happened in such communities in the last sixty years “having in mind some special issues (health, religious activities, welfare, education and so on...).”


Othmar Gächter Gächter received emeritus status on the faculty of the Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Augustin. As Professor of Religious Studies, he taught “Introduction to Religious Studies” with particular focus on Islam and Hinduism. As a member of the Editorial Staff of Anthropos, he worked in the Department of Reviews and was acting review-editor from November 2008 – September 2009, and was in charge of the editorial practical traineeship. He was co-editor (with Ivan Lobo) of the “Review of Books” section of Anthropology & Mission: A&M 2009/39+40 (8+8 pp.). He wrote the following articles: “Anton Quack (1946–2009).“ Anthropos 104.2009: 519–526 [Obituary and bibliography in English]; “Anton Quack (1946–2009).“ Zeitschrift für

Missionssissenschaft und Religionswissenschaft 93.2009 Heft 4 [Obituary in German]. Gächter published these two book reviews: Paramparik Karigar. Paramparik Karigar. An Association of Craftspersons: Gadwakam, Kalamkari, Mithila Kala, Mittikam, Tana Bana. Mumbai: 2005. 339 pp. Anthropos 104.2009: 244–245; Ramani, Shakuntala. Kalamkari and Traditional Design Heritage of India. New Delhi: 2007. 117 pp. Anthropos 104.2009: 246–248. He delivered the following lectures: “The Community of Sikhs and Their Everyday Religious Practices and Their Rituals As They Progress through the Different Phases of Life” at the Austrian national conference of the Contact Point of World Religions (KWR) in Salzburg, Austria; “Sikhism – An Indian Religion in Addition to Hinduism and Islam” in Sankt Augustin.

masculinities, taught a block course in Theology at the East Asian Pastoral Institute, Manila, and produced several videos on topics of social concern. One video has used footage entirely shot by local people using “participatory video” methodology. Gibbs notes: “It is interesting to see how with the camera, people focus on aspects of community life that are quite different from what I would choose.” Publications: (With Mondu) “The Context of HIV Transmission during the 2007 Elections in the Enga Province, Papua New Guinea.” Catalyst 39.2: 135-157; “Gender Voice Through Photos,” Papua New Guinea Yearbook 2009. Star Press, Port Moresby; “Making Sense of HIV and AIDS: Community Conversation in the Papua New Guinea Context.” Catalyst 39.2: 56-70; “Forces of Death and the Promise of Life in Papua New Guinea.” Australian E-Journal of Theology 14. 197690/Gibbs_-_Death_and_Life_PNG.pdf; “Sorcery and AIDs in Simbu, East Sepik and Enga,” Occasional Paper 2, National Research Institute, Port Moresby; (With Josepha Wailoni) “Sorcery and a Christian Response in the East Sepik,” In F. Zocca ed., Sanguma in Paradise. Point 33, pp. 55-96, Melanesian Institute, Papua New Guinea.

Patrick Gesch Gesch at the end of 2008 organized the biennial Symposium for the Arts Faculty at Divine Word University, Madang, on the theme of “Promoting Democratic Governance in PNG.” The papers and PowerPoints from the Symposium were published in the form of CDs. In 2009, he was engaged with organizing the 2010 Arts Symposium, with the assistance of the Australian National University, on the impact of Chinese development projects on individuals and institutions in PNG. In conjunction with this, the SVD Provincial Chapter in PNG accepted a resolution urging the University to offer cultural and language courses to the Chinese and to provide opportunities for SVD to learn Chinese. Gesch in his research on local leadership in three peri-urban communities in Madang, has found, contrary to a common misunderstanding that volunteering is not a familiar concept in PNG, that many leaders serve their broader communities over the course of many years with few tangible rewards. He is also working with Heidelberg University in developing an MA in Anthropology program at Divine Word University, which is also interested in establishing a program for accommodating overseas scholars during their studies in PNG. Gesch was the editor of Mission and Violence: Healing the Lasting Damage, the book mentioned on the first page of this issue of Interlink, and he wrote the chapter “Meeting as Outrage in the History of Mission in the South Pacific” in that volume.

Josef Glinka Glinka has been officially retired for seven years but continues to serve as a consular examiner for PhD candidates, and he gave lectures on human genetics and the environment. With several other authors, he published two books in 2009 in Indonesian: “Handbook for Anthropometry” and “Man a Biosocial Creature.” Glinka describes his current work in this way: “Now I am busy with writing a new book (in Indonesian) on human variation in connection with genetics and environment. That’s a hard work because human genetics develops very fast. But thanks to internet I can get a lot of references.”

Günter Gessinger Gessinger continues his work in the library of Anthropos Institute St. Augustin and he welcomed the addition of Fr. Ivan Lobo SVD to the library team. In 2009, he celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination with various events. He had been ordained by Bishop Vitus Chang of Sinyangchow (Honan [Henan] Province). Philip Gibbs Gibbs in 2009 focused primarily on completing a research project for Caritas Australia on the sociocultural factors contributing to sexual health in parts of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. The study has been completed and the 100-page report is in press and should be available early in 2010. He also helped to facilitate workshops on HIV/AIDS and


Stanisław Grodź Grodź is Reader at the Chair of the History and Ethnology of Religion, Faculty of Theology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. He is a member of Eurislam (European network of researchers building an Internet bibliographical database on Islam and Muslims in Europe; He lectured on the following topics: African Christology, NonChristian religions and interreligious dialogue, Aspects of Islamic doctrine and culture; History of Islam, Christian-Muslim relations, and General aspects of marriage and family in the Islamic civilisation. He supervised six final papers prepared by the undergraduate students of Cultural Studies. Grodź gave a lecture on “Christianity as a ‘nonEuropean’ religion? Interaction between traditional religions and Christianity in Africa” at the Oriental Faculty of Warsaw University, and a short course on “Ethical Systems in Religious Perspective (Islam)” at the Theological Faculty of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He served as an academic consultant on certain chapters of the translated text: M. i U. Tworuschka, Inne religie. Warsaw: Agora.

Symposia Papers: “Christian Minorities Facing Muslim Majority in the Middle East: Is peaceful coexistence of Christianity and Islam possible? [In Polish]” at a conference organised by the Institute of Ecumenism, Catholic University of Lublin; “Interreligious Dialogue – Persisting Confusion?” [In English] at the Second Conference of the European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies, Salzburg, Austria; “Christian-Muslim Experiences in Poland” [In English] at a conference in honour of Prof. Dr. Jørgen Nielsen, University of Utrecht; “Twilight or Dawn of Christianity? Essential Role of a Point of View” [In Polish] at an International Interdisciplinary Conference for Students and PhD Candidates, organised by Instytut Religioznawstwa, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków. Publications: [With Agata Skowron-Nalborczyk]. “Poland.” In: J. S. Nielsen, S. Akgönül, A. Alibašić, B. Maréchal, Ch. Moe /eds./. Yearbook of Muslims in Europe. Volume 1. Leiden-Boston: E.J. Brill 2009 pp. 267275; “Muzułmańsko-chrześcijańskie kontakty w Ghanie. Przykład Tamale” [“Muslim-Christian Relations in Ghana. The Case of Tamale”]. In: H. Zimoń, Z. Kupisiński, S. Grodź /eds./. Research on African Religions and Folk Religiosity of Poland and the Ukraine. Lublin: TN KUL 2009; Four entries in Encyklopedia Katolicka. Vol. 13. Lublin: TN KUL 2009: 1. “Monoteizm w islamie” (“Monotheism in Islam”); 2. “Niebo” (“Heaven”); 3. “Nimatullahijja”; 4. “Nomos”. Periodical for the Study of Religions.

following papers: “Initiation rituals of shamans and folk healers: Similarities and dissimilarities (Inner Mongolia, Hulunbeir).” Anchorage, 9th ISSR Conference; “Shamanism and beliefs about heavenly bodies among the Mongols.” Nanzan University. (In Japanese); “Living by a river’s bounty: Cormorant fishing on the Nagara River.” Hwacheon, Korea. (In Japanese); “In view of a transregional study of Japanese culture: From my experiences.” Folklore Society of Japan. (In Japanese)

Augustine Kanjamala Kanjamala, the past Director of the Institute of Indian Culture (IIC) now serves as the Assistant Director. He published the following articles: “Democracy, Secularism and Pluralism in India” in Michael S.M. and Augustine Kanjamala, eds. Violence Against the Christians in India (Mumbai, IIC, 2009), 10-39; “Christian Mission and Violence in Colonial India” in Patrick Gesch, ed. Mission and Violence: Healing the Lasting Damage (Madang: DWU Press, 2009), 29-47; “Game of Indian Election” in Australian News Agency, May 13, 2009. Four doctoral students are doing their research under his supervision. Peter Knecht Knecht is retired but served as part-time lecturer for Anthropology of Religion at Aichi Gakuin University, Nisshin City. He also delivered six lectures on “Japanese Deities” for the Holy Spirit Sisters and five lectures on “Japanese Common Religion” for German students at NCC, Kyoto. As fieldwork, he researched places of worship in order to heal children’s crying at night in the Saga Prefecture, and shaman and folk healers in Inner Mongolia. He published “The long road to becoming a shaman: A Ryukyu shaman’s autobiography.” Shaman 17, 2009, 79-100. He translated the following: F. Georg Heyne: “Among taiga hunters and shamans. Reminiscences concerning my friend, the scholar of Manchuria, Anatolij Makarovič Kajgorodov (1927-1998).” Shaman 17, 2009, 53-78. Knecht delivered the


Zdzisław Kupisiński Kupisiński received the Diploma of Associate Professor at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. He lectured on the following subjects: Folk Tanathology, Slavic Religion, Folk Religiosity, New Religious Movements, Religious Studies, Polish Customs and Folk Rituals, Death in Polish Folk Tradition, and Ethnology of Religion. He was advisor of two Ph.D. and one MA dissertations. Publications: He co-edited the following book: Zimoń SVD, Kupisiński SVD, Grodź SVD (eds). Badania nad religiami Afryki oraz religijnością ludową Polski i Ukrainy (Studies of Religions in Africa. Folk Religiosity in Poland and Ukraine). Lublin 2009. He wrote the following chapter in this book: “Badania nad religiami Afryki oraz religijnością ludową Polski i Ukrainy” (“Studies of Folk Religiosity in Poland Carried Out in the Department of History and Ethnology of Religion at the Catholic University of Lublin”). Lublin 2009 s. 175-195. Kupisiński also published the following book chapters and articles: „Pamięć o zmarłych. Tradycja a współczesność” (“Remembering of the Death: Tradition and Contemporaneity”). In: J. Kolbuszewski (red.). Problemy współczesnej tanatologii. Medycyna – antropologia kultury – humanistyka. T. 13. Wrocław 2009 s. 29-34; “W kręgu ogólnokulturowych treści Bożego Narodzenia” („Cultural Aspects and Christmas”). In: Z. Drozdowicz (red r.). O wielowymiarowości badań religioznawczych. Poznań 2009 s. 227-240; „Boże Narodzenie w tradycji ludowej regionu opoczyńskiego” (“Christmas in the Folk Tradition of the Opoczno Region of Poland”). In: A. Kędzierska, I. Wawrzyczek (red.). O wyższości świąt Bożego Narodzenia. Lublin 2009 s. 49-62; “Metody badawcze stosowane w pracach dyplomowych z etnologii rytuały – eligii” (“Research Methods used in MA Thesis in Ethnology of Religion”). Roczniki Teologiczne. 56:2009 z. 9 s. 111-129. He also wrote a book review of Opowieść o włosach. Zwyczaje – symbolika (Tale About Hair. Customs, Rituals and Symbols) by Kazimierz Banek. Symposia Attended: „Nauka wobec zjawisk paranormalnych” („Science and Paranormal Phenomena”), organized by the Committee of Theological Sciences of the Polish Academy of Science and Lublin’s Scientific Society and the Institute of Fundamental Theology of the Catholic University of Lublin; „The Polish People Abroad at the Threshold of the 21th Century: Many Faces of Polish Identity,” organized by Zarząd

Główny Polskiego Towarzystwa Ludoznawczego Oddział PTL in Wrocław, and Katedra Etnologii i Antropologii Kulturowej and Instytutu Studiów Międzynarodowych Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego; 5th Congress of the Fundamental Theologian Association; 13th National Conference TANATOS 2009, organized by Wrocławskie Towarzystwo Naukowe.

Life.” As part of MER activities, a course was organized for all SVD pastors in the Australian Province. Mantovani published the following: “The Ideal of Peace and the Reality of Violence in the Bible” in Mission and Violence. Healing the Lasting Damage, 281-290. Patrick F. Gesch, (ed). Madang: DWU Press, 2009; "Dema as Religious Symbol in Papua New Guinea" in Religion and Retributive Logic. Essays in Honour of Professor Garry W. Trompf. 81-100. Carole M. Cusack and Christopher Hartney (eds), Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2010.

Jose Kuzhikkattuthazhe K. Jose has been involved over the past three years in establishing SVD anthropological initiatives in the SVD region of Guwahati in North East India by networking with other local research institutes and universities in reference to anthropology and the social sciences. This SVD anthropological initiative has taken the name of “Sanskriti” (meaning “culture”) for the North Eastern Institute of Culture and Religion, Guwahati. They organized a regional workshop/seminar in each of the past three years (2007-2009) and a fourth one is being organized for 2010. In 2009, the seminar was on “Social Unrest and Peace Initiatives in North East India.” The sixty scholars who gathered for this seminar included SVD, SSpS, university professors, social activists and a number of Hindus and Muslims. K. Jose is in the process of jointly editing these seminar papers, about 35 of them. He has taken the lead in the following publications of the papers from the regional workshops/seminars of 2007 and 2008: Tribes of North East India: Issues and Challenges. Prof. Birinchi Kumar Medhi, Dr. R.P. Athparia and K. Jose SVD, eds. New Delhi: Omsons Publishers, 2009, pp. 384; Tribal Development in Tripura. Dr. Gautam Kumar Bera, Prof. Birinchi Kumar Medhi, Dr. R.P. Athparia and K. Jose SVD, eds. Gawahati: Eastern Publishers, 2009, pp. i-xiv+270. During a special ceremony organized by Sanskriti in December 2009, Shri Aghore Debbarma (Minister, Tribal Welfare, Government of Tripura) launched and dedicated their book, Tribal Development in Tripura. On that occaseion, Dr. Gautam Kumar Bera delivered the Memorial Lecture 2009 in honour of Dr. Stephen Fuchs SVD. This was the second lecture of the series of which the first one was delivered by Anthropos Institute member S.M. Michael SVD of Mumbai University, Mumbai. Ennio Mantovani Mantovani officially resigned from teaching at Yarra Theological Union (YTU) at the end of 2009 and has been appointed to the SVD parish of Sacred Heart, Preston, in Melbourne, as priest in residence and chaplain to the large (and aging) Italian community of the parish. He will have time to work on his material on Papua New Guinea. During 2010 he will be working on the Chronicle of Yobai parish that he started in the early sixties. While resigning from formal lecturing, he will remain active in Mission Education and Research (MER) in the Australian province, and on the Cross-Cultural Committee of the Janssen Spirituality Centre (JSC). In 2009, he lectured at YTU on “Mission and Culture” and “Dialogue.” He gave a one week course on “Culture in My Life” to the SVD Novices and a series of lectures to the friends (helpers) of the JSC on the topic of “Functions of Culture in Our

S. M. Michael Michael is Professor in Cultural Anthropology (since 3 November 2008) at the University of Mumbai and Programme Coordinator of the Institute of Indian Culture. Two of his students successfully completed their Ph.D. studies during the 2009 academic year, making it a total of eight who have done so to the present time. During the National Seminar on “Social Unrest and Peace Initiatives in North-East India” organized by Sanskriti – North Eastern Institute of Culture and Religion, Guwahati, he delivered the first “Fr. Stephen Fuchs SVD Memorial Lecture” on “SVD Scholars Contribution to the Anthropology of India.” He presented papers at the following conferences/seminars: Paper on “Culture, Nation and Identity” at the National Conference on “Relocating the Nation: Cultural Issues in Contemporary India at the University of Mumbai; paper on “German SVD Scholars’ Contribution to the Anthropology of India” at a conference on “Shifting Images and Discourses: Revising Linkages and Exchanges between India and Germany,” organized by the Department of Sociology and German, University of Mumbai in collaboration with the University of Bonn. Publications: “Cultural Diversity and Inculturation in India”, Vidyajyoti. Journal of Theological Reflection. January, 2009. Vol. 73, No.1, pp.43-56; “La violence contre les Chretiens en Inde”, Spiritus. 50 ans 1959-2009. No. 194, Mars 2009.pp.7-16; “Wem gehoret Indien? Hintergruende der Gewalt gegen Christen in Orissa”, Forum Weltkirche. Kirchenvisionen, 2 Maerz/April, 2009, pp.7-12; “Implications of Karma and Rebirth for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in India”, in Ethics and Society: An International Journal, Vol. 1, No.1, Mumbai: St. Andrew’s College 19TH September 2009, pp.60-72.


Roger Munsi Vanzila Munsi Vanzila, as the newest member of Anthropos Institute, is a lecturer at Nanzan University. He taught the following courses: Contemporary French Diplomacy, Contemporary Cultural Anthropology, Contemporary Religious Studies and Contemporary Issues on Christianity. As the result of collaborative efforts with Japanese researchers since 2007, Munsi contributed toward the Japanese publication in 2009 of a guide book on “African Society and Culture.” At their conference at Meiji University (Tokyo) on Indigenous People, he presented a paper on Pygmies. He wrote an Editorial (in Japanese) for the Nanzan Journal for Archeological and

Anthropology. Munsi received a grant from Nanzan University to carry out fieldwork in Bandundu (Congo) and Nagasaki (Japan). The former research attempted to reconstruct Hidden Memories of the Mabi Chiefdom in Sakata Land. The latter focused on the relationship between Kakure Kirishitan (Hidden Christians) and Kirishitan Jinja (Christian Shrines) found in Nagasaki areas, and provided data for completing two manuscripts for future publication: Biography of Murakami Shigeru (former leader of a community of Hidden Christian) and Christian Shrines in Japan. Gregory Neonbasu Neonbasu is director of Manse Nsae Research Centre in west Timor, and head of the Educational Foundation of St Arnold of the Catholic University of Widya Mandira Kupang. He wrote the following articles/chapters for books: “Mencari Usul-Asal: Jalan Menuju Pembangunan Paripurna, Sebhuah Refleksi Antropologis” [“Back to the Roots: Way towards an Integral Development, an Anthropological Reflection”] in Paul Budi Kleden and Otto Gusti Madung, eds. Menukik Lebih Dalam, pgs 303-334; “Menarik Pena di Pelana Yang Rapuh, sebuah Refleksi Antropologis” in Ben Mboi, ed. Berbicara Tentang Agama, Pemerintahan dan Pembangunan, pgs xv-xxxi; “Membangun Wawasan, Sebuah Catatan” [“Constructing a Horizon, a Chronicle”], Membangun Wawasan Dalam Perspektif Nusa Tenggara Timur,” pgs xixxii; “Refleksi Antropologis: Masuk Ke Dalam Hati Masyarakat” [“An Anthropological Reflection: Building up Partnership from Inside Out”] in From Santa Claus to Partner. Papers presented: “Tempat Ibadah Sebagai Pusat Kebudayaan dan Pendidikan” [“The Place of Worship as a Cultural and Educational Space”], delivered at a workshop sponsored by the Department of Religious Affairs of the Province of NTT, Kupang; ”Membangun Pemikiran Keagamaan Inklusif di NTT (dalam Perspektif Sosio-Budaya)” [“Constructing an Inclusive Religious Thought in NTT – From SocioCultural Perspectives”], presented at a workshop sponsored by the Department of Religious Affairs of the Province of NTT, Kupang; “Pembangunan Masyarakat Nusa Tenggara Timur Menghadapi Perluasan Infrastruktur Energi di Nusa Tenggara Timur” [“Human Development in the Context of the Regional Expansion of Energy Infrastructure”], copresented with the Dean of Technical Department of the Widya Mandira Catholic University, on the occasion of “World Renewable Energy Regional Congress & Exhibition 2009,” Jakarta; “Budaya Lokal dalam Perspektif Filsafat dan Teologi“ [“Local Culture through the Perspectives of Philosophy and Theology”], presented at the Seminar of Cultural Exhibitions and Shows, Bikomi-Nilulat; “Tinjauan Filsafat Kebudayaan terhadap Pluralisme“ [“Revisiting Pluralism through Cultural Philosophy”], presented for NTT Regional Consolidation, Kupang; “Tataran Budaya Sebagai Perekat Kerukunan Hidup Umat Beragama” [“Appropriation of Culture as a Way towards Living Religious Tolerance”], presented at the Seminar on Developing Multicultural Sensitivity,

Kupang; “Mutis Timau dari segi Kosmologi: potensi, masalah dan rekomendasi” [“Cosmological Overviews of Mutis Timau: Potency, Problems, and Recommendations”], presented at the Seminar sponsored by KYEEMA Foundation, AusAid, and others; “Antropologi dan Arsitektur (Sebuah Refleksi Struktural atas Dinamika Pembangunan)” [“Anthropology and Architecture (A Structural Reflection on the Dynamics of Development)”], presented at the 25th Scientific Workshop of the Indonesian Students of Architects; “Paradigma Pemberdayaan Rakyat” [“Paradigm of Optimizing People’s Potencies”], presented at Diklat PIM Tk II Angkatan XXVI Kelas G di Kupang.


Jacek Jan Pawlik Pawlik is Dean of the Faculty of Theology (UWM in Olsztyn) for Scientific Research. He lectured on the following subjects at UWM or Divine Word Seminary, Pieniężno: Religiology, Marriage and Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective and Cultural Anthropology. Symposia Papers: Paper on “African Customary Marriage” at a conference in Olsztyn on “Marriage in Different Law Systems, Religions and Cultures”; paper on “Social Ideal of Beauty and Aesthetization of Morality” at a conference in Pieniężno on “CounterChristianity. New context of mission activity in XIX century”; paper on “The Poor in the Missionary Work of Catholic Church” at a conference in Krynica Morska on “Poverty as Global Problem”; paper on “Kontext als Grundlage fuer Kommunikation in Afrika” at a conference in Sankt Augustin on “Kontexte – Konstruktionsmaterial oder Konflitpotential bei der Missionsarbeit”; paper on “Dance as Scenography of Life. The Fight of Good and Evil in Cultural Perfomance” at a conference of Polish Forum of Choreology in Warsaw; paper on “Social Conditions of Development in Africa” at the First Polish Congress of Politology in Warsaw; paper on “Work and African Solidarity” at a conference on “The Dignity of Human Work” in Olsztyn. Publications: „Płeć biologiczna a płeć kulturowa z perspektywy społeczeństw tradycyjnych,” [„Sex and Gender in Traditional Societies”] in: A. Jucewicz, M. Machinek (eds.), Idea gender jako wyzwanie dla teologii, [Idea of Gender as Challenge for Theology] Olsztyn: Hosianum, 2009, pp. 9-22; (With Małgorzata Szupejko) Edition of the book: Afryka na progu XXI wieku. Kultura i społeczeństwo, [Africa on the Treshold of XXI Century. Culture and Society] Warsaw: APRA-JR, 2009, 336 pp.; (With M. Szupejko) „Wstęp” [„Introduction”] in: J.J. Pawlik, M. Szupejko (eds.), Afryka na progu XXI wieku, pp. 13-19; „Rola sztuki w afrykańskim kulcie przodków” [„Art in African Ancestor Worship”] in: J.J. Pawlik, M. Szupejko (eds.), Afryka na progu XXI wieku, pp. 107-117; „Dialog antropologiczny” [„Anthropological Dialogue”] Ateneum kapłańskie t. 153 z. 1 (602), 2009, pp. 17-29; „Małżeństwo w islamie” [„Marriage in Islam”] in: W. Nowak, M. Tunkiewicz (eds.), Małżeństwo w świetle dialogu kultur, [Marriage in Light of Cultural Dialogue]

Olsztyn: Wyd. UWM, pp. 199-210; “Song and Dance as a Means of Control of Emotions Caused by Death: A Case Study of the Wake-Keeping Ritual among the Bassari People of Togo,” in: N. Pawlak (ed.), Codes and Rituals of Emotions in Asian and African Cultures, Warsaw: Elipsa, 2009, pp.187-204; “Ikonograficzne przedstawienia Mami Wata jako przykład spotkania kultur” [„Iconography of Mami Wata as Illustration of Cultural Encounter”] in: A. Nadolska-Styczyńska (ed.), Kultury Afryki w świecie tradycji, przemian i znaczeń, [Cultures of Africa in the World of Traditions, Changes and Meanings] Toruń: Wyd. Naukowe UMK, 2009, pp. 145-153.

“It is true that the collection of the traditional poetry from among the Mangyans, where it was on the way to extinction, has been my passion to keep it alive, especially by the various publications I had printed about them.” His task at the moment is to entering and encoding his material on computer. Alexander Rödlach Rödlach taught the following courses at Creighton University in Omaha (USA): Introduction to Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Cutural Epidemiology, Methodology and Global Health Issues. He has been very involved with the initiative of the university to develop a graduate program in medical anthropology. Last summer, he received a Faculty Research Grant to conduct fieldwork in Zimbabwe and attend the annual conference of the European Africanists in Germany. Rödlach was appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the African Studies Quarterly. Papers and Lectures: “Explaining Disease through Witchcraft and Sorcery: The Example of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe” at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University; “AIDS Art in Zimbabwe” for Medical Humanities Group, Omaha; “Healthcare and Cultural Competency” for the Occupational Therapy Division, College of Saint Mary, Omaha; “Zimbabwean AIDS Conspiracy Theories and the Healthcare Profession” at the Center for the Study of AIDS, University of Pretoria; “Making a Killing in Zimbabwe: HIV/AIDS Conspiracy Suspicions and the Healthcare System” at the European Conference on African Studies, Leipzig; “Migration and Stress: The Sudanese in Omaha” for the Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe. Publications: “Home-Based Care for People Living with AIDS in Zimbabwe: Voluntary Caregivers’ Concerns and Motivations.” African Journal for AIDS Research 8(4) 2009; Review of Marc Epprecht's (2008) Heterosexual Africa? The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS. Athens: Ohio University Press." Medical Anthropology Quarterly 23[2] 2009:185-187. Research: During 2009, Rödlach was involved in two research projects. The first project inquired into “stresscoping” strategies of refugees from southern Sudan, who have been resettled in Omaha and other towns in Nebraska. The second project explored local meanings of HIV/AIDS and TB in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and how such meanings could be either beneficial or detrimental to providing integrated medical services for both diseases. He is planning a yearlong project with several others developing and implementing HIV/AIDS prevention models in Saint Lucia, a small island nation in the Caribbean.

Joachim Piepke Piepke is the director of Anthropos Institute St. Augustin and he is a member of the editorial team of the institute and responsible (with Piwowarczyk) for the section on the articles in Anthropology & Mission. He had the following publications in 2009: “Der Mensch und seine Opferrituale.” In: Martin Neuhauser (Hrsg.), Religion und Rituale. Akademie Völker und Kulturen 2009. Berlin: LIT-Verlag, 5183; “Die Sprache des Volkes. Von der Bedeutung des religiösen Weltbilds für das Verständnis einer Kultur.” Workshop an der Hochschule Bonn-RheinSieg, Sankt Augustin, Dezember 2009. Dariusz Piwowarczyk Piwowarczyk is Editor-in-Chief of the Anthropos journal. In 2009 he edited issues 104(2): 2009 and 105 (1): 2010, with a total of 39 articles and about 700 pages. He wrote the following book reviews: Puyo Runa. Imagery and Power in Modern Amazonia, by Whitten Jr., Norman E. and Dorothea Scott Whitten. Anthropos 104(2): 647f.; Seeing and Being Seen. The Q’eqchi’ Maya of Livingston, Guatemala, and Beyond, by Hilary E. Kahn. Anthropos 104(1): 229f. (Fragments of this review have been published on the webpage of He wrote "Contemplating James Cook’s Colonial Gaze: Exhibit at Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, Germany.” Anthropos 105(1): 2010, p. 321, and he translated from English to Polish the article “It’s Time to Put into Effect the Pope’s Letter to China’s Catholics, Whatever the Cost” (Asia News), published in the Polish version in Chiny dzisiaj 4: 2009 (3), pp. 13, 23-24. In terms of research, Piwowarczyk conducted archival study in the SVD Generalate in Rome on mission and the German colonial enterprise in Togo, which is related to his habilitation project at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He offered the course "Einführung zur Religionsethnologie" at the Philosophich-Theologische Hochschule in Sankt Augustin. Antoon Postma Postma, a Dutch anthropologist and former missionary, has lived with the Hanunoo-Mangyan people of Mindoro for fifty years. On March 26, 2009, he was honored and elevated to knighthood by the Ambassador of the Netherlands, together with the Mangyan Heritage Center and the Ayala Musuem, for his lifetime contribution to Philippine culture. Postma describes his life work in this way:


Roger Schroeder Schroeder holds the Bishop Francis X. Ford, M.M, Chair of Catholic Missiology, and is chair of the Intercultural Studies and Ministry department at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (CTU). With co-author Stephen Bevans, he published Teología Para La Misión Hoy: Constantes en Contexto. Estella, Spain: Editorial Verbo Divino,

2009 [Spanish translation of Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today (2004)]. He wrote “International Priests: Different Understandings of Sexuality and Gender Roles,” New Theology Review 22.1 (2009): 80-83; and was a sub-editor of the February 2009 issue of New Theology Review (22.1) on the theme of “Campus Ministry”, and a sub-editor for the August 2009 issue of New Theology Review (22.3) on “Ministry in Changing Parish Structures.” He wrote these books reviews: Stackhouse and Pachuau, eds., News of Boundless Riches: Interrogating, Comparing, and Reconstructing Mission in a Global Era, in International Bulletin of Missionary Research 33.1 (2009): 51-52; Charbonnier, Christians in China: A.D. 600-2000, trans. by Couve de Murville, in New Theology Review 22.2 (2009): 84-85; Walls and Ross, eds. Mission in the Twenty-First Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission, in New Theology Review 22.3 (2009), pp. 92-93; Kavunkal, Anthropophany: Mission as Making a New Humanity, in Missiology 37, 4 (October 2009): 575, 577. Schroeder was elected Second VicePresident of the American Society of Missiology. Lectures and Workshops: During four weeks in Indonesia, Schroeder gave a total of seventeen lectures on the following topics: “SVD Tradition of Anthropos Institute: Culture, Religion and Mission”; “A Single but Complex Reality: Prophetic Dialogue and Six Components of Mission”; “Developments of the Catholic Church Understanding of Interreligious Dialogue” (at Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University in Yogjakarta); “Laity and Mission”; “Cross-Cultural Ministry: Entering Someone Else’s Garden”; “Three Models of the Theology of Mission Today”; and “Prophetic Dialogue.” During four weeks in Australia, he developed an on-line course on the “History of Mission” for Broken Bay Institute, NSW, and gave a faculty presentation there on “From the Academy to Adult Faith”; delivered the following three talks for a two-day workshop in Sydney for Catholic Mission Australia (Pontifical Mission Societies): “Big Picture and Historical Overview of Mission,” “Prophetic Dialogue and Table Fellowship,” and “A Single but Complex Reality: Six Components of Mission”; and gave a public lecture on “MissionDriven Parish and Diocese: The Spirituality and Practice of Mission” in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Schroeder’s professional activities in the first part of 2009 included the following: leading a three-day workshop on “The Diaconate and Mission” at Maryknoll, NY; four presentations for the Annual Deacon Convocation of the Diocese of Norwich, CT; two presentations on the scriptural and theological foundations of mission at the “Partnership in Mission Leadership Retreat” for the Joliet Diocese, IL; presentations on the topic of “Sexuality and Culture” to the participants of the Institute for Sexuality Studies at CTU, Chicago; presentation on “The Missionary Parish and Table Fellowship” for SVD Prophetic Dialogue workshop; “Mission for the 21st Century” for orientation program of Volunteer Missionary Movement; two lectures of “Preaching in Another Context: Entering Someone Else’s Garden,” and “Advanced Contextual Analysis: Particular Theological,

Pastoral, Social and Personal Issues” for the “To Preach the Good Word Well: Preaching Across Cultures” program at CTU for international priests. Arnold Sprenger Sprenger, who has lived and worked in Beijing for many years, was unable to do much research in 2009 due to a kidney operation. However, he was able to fittingly celebrate his golden jubilee of ordination at Fu Jen University in Taipei, Taiwan, where he worked for 23 years (1964-1987). The College of Foreign Languages and the Alumni Association of the German Department organized a symposium in his honor with a hand book (123 pp.) on his life and his work. A selection of his published articles, reflections of former students from their university years, and scientific articles by other former students are being collected for a Festschrift honoring Sprenger. It is hoped that this work of two volumes will be published in Chinese by the end of 2010, with Fr. Zbigniew Wesolowsky SVD serving as its editor.


Henryk Zimoń Zimoń is head of the Chair of History and Ethnology of Religion and is director of the Institute of Fundamental Theology, Faculty of Theology, at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. He taught five hours a week courses, master’s and doctoral seminars at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Two of his students obtained the doctor’s degree and one a master’s degree. In the summer term of 2009 Zimoń held the course on: ”Introduction to the anthropology of religion” in the SVD Major Seminary at Pieniężno, Poland. Publications: Together with Kupisiński and Grodź, Zimoń edited Badania nad religiami Afryki oraz religijnością ludową Polski i Ukrainy [“Research on Religions of Africa and Folk Religiosity of Poland and Ukraine”]. Lublin: TNKUL 2009, pp. 309, and this volume includes his own article: “Badania Katedry Historii i Etnologii Religii nad tradycyjnymi religiami Afryki Subsaharyjskiej” [“Research on the Traditional Religions of sub-Saharan Africa Carried out by the Chair of History and Ethnology of Religion”], pp. 11-37. He also published the following: “Religijna koncepcja człowieka w tradycji afrykańskiej” [“Religious Conception of a Human Being in African Tradition”], in: J. Kucza, G. Wita (eds.), Antropologia miejscem spsotkania i dialogu międzyreligijnego, Katowice: Księgarnia Św. Jacka 2008 (appeared with delay in 2009); “Znaczenie Mircei Eliadego w religioznawstwie XX wieku” [“Mircea Eliade’s Significance for the Study of Religions in the 20th c.”], Studia TeologicznoHistoryczne Śląska Opolskiego, 28 (2008) pp. 441457 (appeared with delay in 2009); “Religijny wymiar afrykańskich rytuałów pogrzebowych na przykładzie ludu Konkomba” [“Religious Dimension of the African Funeral Rituals – the Konkomba People Example”], in: R. Hołda, G. Odoj (eds.), Człowiek i kultura jako wartość. Ksiąga jubileuszowa ofiarowana Profesor Irenie Bukowskiej-Floreńskiej, Katowice: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego 2008, pp. 71-84 (appeared with delay in March, 2009); “Geneza śmierci w

Zocca in 2009 published “Witchcraft and Christianity in Simbu Province” in Gesch, P. F. (ed.), Mission and Violence, Madang: DWU Press. He edited the book Sanguma in Paradise – Sorcery, Witchcraft and Christianity in Papua New Guinea, Goroka: Melanesian Institute, and he wrote the “Introduction” and three chapters for this publication. He disseminated the research results from this study on Sorcery and Christianity in PNG to such groups as the Diocesan Secretaries of the Catholic Family Life Apostolate in PNG, the Annual Meeting of the Horizon 3000 Volunteers, the National Church Workers Workshop, and various SVD and SSpS groups around PNG. He gave a presentation on “Engendered Accusations of Sorcery and Witchcraft” at a Divine Word University Symposium, Madang, and he taught a block course on Cultural Anthropology at the Major Seminary in Vanimo. In 2009, Zocca focused much time on the current area of research of the Melanesian Institute on the attitude of the Evangelical Churches towards the epidemic of HIV and AIDS in PNG. His work included reading, preparing the plan of the research, developing and using semi-structured questionnaires, collecting field data, transcribing the interviews and analyzing the data so far collected. He also attended several meetings of the Research Advisory Committee of the National AIDS Council Secretariat in Port Moresby.

tradycji mitycznej ludów afrykańskich” [“Genesis of Death in the Mythical Tradition of African Peoples”], Nomos 2008, Nos. 63/64, pp. 9-28 (appeared with delay in September, 2009); “Wielowymiarowe znaczenie afrykańskich rytuałów pogrzebowych (na przykłałdzie ludu Konkomba)” [“Multidemensional Meaning of the African Funeral Rituals. (The Konkomba People Example)”], in: Z. Drozdowicz (ed.), O wielowymiarowości badań religioznawczych, Poznań: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM 2009, pp. 215-226; “Religioznawstwo i wybrane dyscyplinsy religioznawcze” [“Study of Religions and Selected Religious Disciplines”], in: S. Janeczek, W. Bajor, M. M. Maciołek (eds.), Gaudium in litteris. Księga Jubileuszowa ku czci Księdza Arcybiskupa Profesora Stanisława Wielgusa, Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL 2009, pp. 477-486; “Społeczny wymiar rytuałów pogrzebowych u ludu Konkomba z północnej Ghany” [“Social Dimension of the Funeral Rituals among the Konkomba of Northern Ghana”], in: J. Pawlik, M. Szupejko (eds.), Afryka na progu XXI wieku. Kultura i społeczeństwo, Warszawa: Oficyna Wydawnicza ASPRA-JR 2009, pp. 133-144; “Śmierć i życie pośmiertne u wybranych ludów afrykańskich” [“Death and Afterlife among Selected African Peoples”], in: K. Góźdź (ed.), In Persona Christi. Księga na 80-lecie Księdza Profesora Czesława S. Bartnika, vol. 2, Lublin: Wydawnictwo KUL, pp. 301-311; “Wtórny pogrzeb u plemienia Bimonkpom ludu Konkomba z Ghany” [“Secondary Funeral among the Bimokpom Tribe of the Konkomba People of Ghana”], Roczniki Teologii Fundamentalej i Religiologii 1 (2009) pp. 147-163; “Symbolika rytuałów pogrzebowych u ludu Konkomba z północnej Ghany” [“Symbolism of Funeral Rituals among the Konkomba People of Northern Ghana”], in: A. Nadolska-Styczyńska (ed.), Kultury Afryki w świecie tradycji, przemian i znaczeń, Toruń: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UMK 2009, pp. 83-89 (Studia o Sztuce Orientu, vol. 4); “Monoteizm pierwotny” [“Primitive Monotheism”], in: E. Gigilewicz (ed.), Encyklopedia katolicka, vol. 13, Lublin: Lubelskie Towarzystwo Naukowe 2009, columns 180-184; “Müller Friedrich Max”, ibidem, columns 486-489; “Naturyzm” [“Naturism”], ibidem, columns 813-814. Lectures and Symposia Papers: “Meanings of African Funeral Rituals” (in Polish) for the Institute of Study of Religions. Jagiellonia University of Cracow, Poland; “Educational and Scientific Activities of the Chair of History and Ethnology of Religion, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin” (in Polish) at the sympozjum organized by the SVD Major Seminary at Pieniężno, Poland; “Life and Death in sub-Saharan Africa” (in Polish) for the Missiological Department of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University of Warsaw, Poland; two lectures in English entitled: “Meanings of African Double Funerals (The Konkomba People Example)” and “Wilhelm Schmidt’s Theory of Primitive Monotheism. Presentation and Critique” for the students of study of religions, Faculty of Philosophy, the University at Pardubice (Czech Republic). Franco Zocca

Reports about Corporate Members Anthropos Institute St. Augustin Much of their work has already been described above (p. 2) under “Publications of the Institute.” In his report of October 23, 2009, Director Fr. Joachim Piepke gave a three-year comprehensive overview (2006-2009) of Anthropos Institute St. Augustin, covering areas such as personnel, statutes, publications, library, archives of printed materials and photographs, and Anthropos do Brasil. Consult the homepage ( for further information. Members of the institute are also very active in the Hochschule both in administration and lecturing. Consult the individual reports (above) of Gächter, Gessinger, Piepke, and Piwowarczyk. NOTE OF CLARIFICATION: At the moment the official Statutes of Anthropos Institute recognize only full corporate association. However, I also acknowledge and include here the important efforts in 2009 of the following institutions dedicated to the study of culture and religion which carry out the Anthropos tradition of our Society, even though they are not full corporate members as of yet. Each of these institutes have some SVD affiliation, though several are presently not officially recognized by the Generalate. One or more SVD are working in each of these centers, of whom some are currently members of Anthropos Institute. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


Aditya Wacana Centre Fr. Raymundus Sudhiarsa SVD, with a doctorate in Missiology, is Director of Aditya Wacana Centre for

Studies of Religion and Culture, Malang, Indonesia (IDJ). They had the following publications in 2009: Two issues of Perspektif, Jurnal Agama dan Kebudayaan (Perspective, Journal for Religions and Cultures); two books in cooperation with other publishers: R. Sudhiarsa, Iman yang Terlibat (Engaged Faith), Yogyakarta: Pustaka Nusatama; R. Sudhiarsa, Evangelisasi Berlanjut (Carrying on Evangelization), Yogyakarta: Kanisius. In September, they hosted Visiting Professor and Anthropos Institute member Roger Schroeder SVD for a lecture and a seminar, and they facilitated the Chapter of the SVD Java Province. The small staff at the Centre also lectures at the STFT (Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Teologi) Widya Sasana, the neighboring school of philosophy and theology. The Aditya Wacana Centre library contains around 10,000 book titles, mostly in Indonesian and primarily on the topics of religions and cultures. A possible future member of Aditya Wacana Centre, Fr. Gabriel Faimu, SVD, is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in the social sciences in the UK.

written by Anthropos Institute members Frs. Augustine Kanjamala and S.M. Michael. The immediate context for the topic was the violence against Christians that rocked the Kandhamal district of the Eastern Indian state of Orissa. Missio (Aachen) published the papers in German as well. Institute Day in 2009 marked the birth centennial of Dr. (Fr.) Stephen Fuchs, the founder-director of the Institute of Indian Culture. This was also an occasion for celebrating two persons with recently completed doctorate degrees. Fr. Rui Domingos Pereira completed his degree in sociology at the University of Mumbai under the supervision of Anthropos Institute members Prof. J.V. Fereira and Prof. S.M. Michael SVD. Also Fr. Joseph M.T. SVD had completed his doctorate at the University of Delhi. IIC organized an Inter-disciplinary Seminar on “Post-Modern Cultural Challenges to Christianity” for about thirty scholars and a panel discussion on the Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI titled Caritas in Veritate. IIC also published two issues of the Institute of Indian Culture Newsletter, vol. 58 nos. 1-2.

Anthropos do Brasil Director and Anthropos Institute member Fr. José Luiz Cazarotto (BRC) reports that Anthropos do Brasil is developing slowly. A major reason is that two confreres designated for the interprovincial institute were appointed provincials in 2008—Frs. Joachim Andrade (BRS) and Djalma da Silva (BRN). On the other hand, Fr. Nobert Foerster (BRC) just completed his doctorate in anthropology and will hopefully be able to contribute time and energy for the institute. Please consult the individual report of Cazarotto (p. 3 above) for information on his own research projects in 2009.

Manse Nsae Research Centre Anthropos Institute member Fr Gregory Neonbasu is the Director of this centre outside Kupang, Indonesia (IDT). During 2009 this centre failed to publish materials of the local culture. However, Neonbasu has established a better network with Dr Hans Hagerdal (PhD Lecturer on History at University of Vaxjo, Sweden) for collecting old materials (which were written in Dutch) about east and west Timor. Neonbasu has also had discussions with Prof Dr James J. Fox of the Australian National University (ANU) to begin a compendium of the Eastern Dialect set of the Austronesian World. More than 200 students of Catholic University of Widya Mandira and Christian University of Artha Wacana, where Neonbasu lectured, collected hundreds of local tales, legends, oral histories, topogenies and others narratives.

Cadraditya Research Centre Anthropologist Fr. Emanuel Embu, SVD, is Acting Director of Candraditya Research Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture, Maumere, Indonesia (IDE). They published two books in 2009. In their Ethnological Monograph series, they published Masyarakat Ngadha, an Indonesian translation of Paul Arndt’s ethnological work, Gesellschaftliche Verhältnisse der Ngadha, Studia Instituti Anthropos, Germany, Vol. 8. In their Missiological Monograph series, they published Potret Komunitas Basis Gerejawi Kita (Portrait of Our Basic Ecclesial Communities). They conducted two research studies in 2008-2009: 1) “Basic Ecclesial Communities: A Socio-Pastoral Study” in four parishes in the Dioceses of Ende and Larantuka, Flores, and 2) “Pastoral Survey: Pastoral Context” for the Diocese of Sibolga, in preparation for the Diocesan Synod at the end of 2009. Since 2007, Candraditya has conducted a series of seminar and workshop on socio-pastoral analysis for seven different groups in the region of Nusa Tenggara and Sibolga in North Sumatra. Institute of Indian Culture Fr. Joseph M.T., SVD (INM), the new director of the Institute of Indian Culture (IIC), submitted a detailed annual report. IIC published an issue of Occasional Papers titled, “Violence against Christians in India: A Response,” with papers


Melanesian Institute Anthropos Institute member Fr. Franco Zocca, the Head of the Research Department, submitted a detailed report on the Melanesian Institute (MI). In 2009, Revs. Spingler and Longgar left the MI and were assigned by their Churches to other tasks, and Nick Schwarz of the Australian Lutheran Church has arrived and been assigned to the Research Department. Bro. Martin Tnines, SVD, is a member of the MI staff and Anthropos Institute member Fr. Philip Gibbs is a resource person. The MI ran a Cultural Orientation Course for New Missionaries (for Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans), a workshop on the pastoral approach to the phenomenon of sorcery and witchcraft, and block courses on Cultural Anthropology in two major seminaries. Much time and energy in 2009 was devoted to the dissemination of the findings of the five years of research on sorcery witchcraft and Christianity in PNG through presentations, workshops, and publications. The next major field of research, which was suggested by the Research Advisory Committee of the National AIDS Council, is the “Attitude of the Evangelical Churches in PNG

toward the HIV and AIDS Epidemic.” The 2009 publications include: 1) two issues of Catalyst Vol. 39, and the second issue contains the proceedings of the symposium held in 2008 on the approach of different Christian denominations to the epidemic of HIV and AIDS in PNG; 2) Point Series 33, edited by Franco Zocca under the title of Sanguma in Paradise, gathers all seven reports of the field research conducted by the MI research teams during the years 2003-2007; 3) Point Series 10 (The Birth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in PNG), which has been out of stock, has been revised and updated by Gernot Fugmann, and published in the new version. More information on the MI can be found on its website

Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies Acting Director Fr. Marek Kowalik, SVD, with doctorate in Missiology, submitted a detailed report on the activities of the Tamale Institute of CrossCultural Studies (TICCS). Bro. Jan Urban, SVD, was appointed administrator of the institute. In 2008-2009, TICCS offered a one-week orientation course and a one-month introduction for a total of 70 new missionaries over the two year period; onemonth course for Pastoral Year for 22 seminarians; and four-week “Study Tour” and three-week “Inside Africa” programs for a total of 66 persons. In terms of research, TICCS was involved in the “Sustainable Peace Initiative” (SPI). Plans for 2010 include working with seminarians of the Common Formation Centre in Tamale in view of the OTP/ CTP/ Pastoral Year program. Further information can be found on their website (

Sanskriti -- North Eastern Institute of Culture and Religion Anthropos Institute member Fr. Jose Kuzhikkattuthazhe in his individual professional report (p. 6 above) describes the process over the past three years for establishing Sanskriti (North Eastern Institute of Culture and Religion) in Guwahati Region (ING). They have offered three annual regional workshops (2007-2009) and a fourth is planned for 2010. Two volumes from these proceedings were published in 2009: Tribes of North East India: Issues and Challenges and Tribal Development in Tripura. They initiated a memorial lecture series in honour of Dr. Stephen Fuchs SVD. Anthropos Institute member S.M. Michael of Mumbai University gave the first in 2008 and Dr. Gautam Kumar Bera, one of the Foundation Fellows of the institute, delivered the second in 2009. Archbishop Thomas SDB, the local ordinary of Guwahati, has been very interested in and supportive of the efforts of Sanskriti. Anthropos Institute member Augustine Kanjamala and other SVD have been involved in various ways with these initial developments of these SVD anthropological initiatives in NE India.

Events Birthdays In 2010 we celebrate the 75th birthday of Klaus Weiland, the 70th of Henryk Zimon, the 65th of Jon Kirby, and the 50th of Gregor Neonbasu. Ad multos annos to all of you. Jubilies Congratulations to those celebrating in 2010 their anniversary in vows: 60 years for Ennio Mantovani, 55 for Günther Gessinger, and 25 for Stanisław Grodź and Jose Kuzhikkattuthazhe. And blessings on those celebrating ordination anniversaries: 65th for Huge Huber; 40th for Othmar Gächter, Patrick Gesch, and Augustin Kanjamala; and 25th for Robert Kisala. Roger Schroeder, S.V.D. Coordinator Anthropos Institute