Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Between the World Wars, as France refined its colonial structure and control over
Senegal, allowing international missionary networks to develop their own concepts of the
mission civilisatrice. Utilizing the concepts of tutelage and moral education, missionaries
in the International Missionary Council (IMC) defined their role in the French empire as
imperative to the development of African peoples. As self-proclaimed thwarters of the
degradation of the French secular state in Senegal, the IMC used concepts of tutelage and
moral education within the debates surrounding education defined the place of
missionaries within French colonialism in interwar Senegal. Through letters,
publications, and negotiations within the IMC this paper traces the rise and changes in the
organization and how they viewed the place of missions in empire.
Lowder, Deborah Leah, "Missionary Education And The Problem Of Language: The International Missionary Council In Colonial Senegal, 1917-1935" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 1923.