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Global Catholicism In Southeast Asia

Couverture SOJOURN july 2020Claire Thi Liên TRAN (Irasec) just published with Bernardo E BROWN (International Christian University Tokyo) a special issue on “Global Catholicism In Southeast Asia: Mobilities And Networks” in SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, Vol. 35/2 (July 2020), Singapore, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.


Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
Vol. 35/2 (July 2020)

ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, July 2020, 210 pages


This special section emerges from the collaborative program “Intersecting Mobilities: Southeast Asia from the Perspective of Religious Mobility”, which gathered scholars from the Asia Research Institute (ARI, National University of Singapore), the Institute of Research on Contemporary Southeast Asia (Irasec) and the Université de Paris/Inalco, as well as several others who actively participated in a series of three workshops held in Penang, Chiang-Mai and Nagasaki. The essays presented here evolved from the first workshop on Christian networks held in Penang in December 2017.


  • Introduction: Global Catholicism in Southeast Asia: Mobilities and Networks (Bernardo E BROWN, Claire Thi Liên TRAN)
  • French and Diasporic Tamil Catholic Mobilities in Colonial Malaya (Shanthini PILLAI)
  • The Role of Education Mobilities and Transnational Networks in the Building of a Modern Vietnamese Catholic Elite (Claire Thi Liên TRAN)
  • Navigating Spatial Constraints in the Religious Landscape of Singapore: A Glimpse into the Religious Real Estate Management of the Catholic Church (Leonard Yeo, Bernardo E BROWN)
  • Catholic Democratization: Religious Networks and Political Agency in the Philippines and Timor-Leste (Julius BAUTISTA)

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