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by scholars of the COAC network

Chiara Candaele, 'Catholic humanitarianism and the adoption of Indian orphans. The case of the Belgian ‘Joy Sowers’ (1970-1984)', in: Beatrice Scutaru and Simone Paoli (eds.), Child Migration in Europe. Old and New Experiences (London: Routledge, 2019). [forthcoming] 

Corinna Unger, International Development: A Postwar History (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

Kirsten Kamphuis, 'Giving for Girls: Reconsidering Colonial Civilizing Missions in the Dutch East Indies through Charitable Girls’ Education', New Global Studies 12.2 (2018), Editors’ Forum:  Empires of Charity.  DOI: 

Felicity Jensz, 'Hope and Pity: Depictions of Children in Five Decades of the Evangelisch-Lutherisches Missionsblatt, 1860-1910', in: Judith Becker, Christoph Nebgen and Katharina Stornig (eds.), Menschen—Bilder—Eine Welt. Ordnungen von Vielfalt in der religiösen Publizistik um 1900 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2018): 223-245.

Corinna Unger, 'The Decolonization of Development: Rural Development in India Before and After 1947', in: Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo and José Pedro Monteiro (eds.), Internationalism, Imperialism, and the Formation of the Contemporary World (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018): 253-278.

Chiara Candaele, 'Grenzeloos ouderschap? Historisch denken over interlandelijke adoptie en transnationale verplaatsingen van kinderen', Contemporanea, 40.1 (2018): 1-5.

Felicity Jensz, '‘Poor Heathens’, ‘Cone-headed Natives’, and ‘Good Water’: The Production of Knowledge of the Interior of Australia through German Texts from around the 1860s', Special Issue: Australian-German Colonial Entanglements, ed. Lars Eckstein, Andrew Hurley, Anja Schwarz, Postcolonial Studies 21.1 (2018): 96-112. DOI:

Marleen Reichgelt, 'The Mission’s Children: Practices of Appropriation in the Photographs of Marind Children in the Annalen van O.L. Vrouw van het H. Hart, 1907-1935', Trajecta 27.1 (2018): 171-194.

Elisabeth Wesseling, 'Creating Historical Genealogies for Intercountry Adoption', Adoption & Culture 6.1 (2018): 30-32.

Corinna Unger, 'Postwar European Development Aid: Defined by Decolonization, the Cold War, and European Integration?', in: Stephen Macekura and Erez Manela (eds.), The Development Century: A Global History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018): 240-260.

Felicity Jensz, '‘The 1910 Edinburgh World Missionary Conference and Comparative Colonial Education', Special Issue: Imperial, Global and Local in Histories of Colonial Education, ed. Rebecca Swartz and Peter Kallaway, History of Education 47.3 (2018): 399-414. DOI: [Full text:]

Elisabeth Wesseling and Jacques Dane, 'Are “the Natives” Educable? Dutch Schoolchildren Learn Ethical Colonial Policy (1890-1910)', Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society 10.1 (2018): 28-44.

Corinna Unger and Marc Frey (eds.), Rural Development in the Twentieth Century: International Perspectives. Theme issue of Comparativ 27.2 (2017).

Elisabeth Wesseling (ed.), Reinventing Childhood Nostalgia: Books, Toys, and Contemporary Media Culture (London: Routledge, 2017).


Maaike Derksen,  ‘Local intermediaries The Missionising and Governing of Colonial Subjects in South Dutch New Guinea, 1920-1942’, Journal of Pacific History.

Umut Azak and Henk de Smaele, 'National and Transnational Dynamics of Women’s Activism in Turkey in the 1950s and 1960s: The Story of the ICW Branch in Ankara', Journal of Women's History 28.3 (2016): 41-65.

Elisabeth Wesseling (ed.), The Child Savage: From Comics to Games (Burlington: Ashgate, 2016).

Felicity Jensz, 'Dossier: Non-European Teachers in Mission Schools', Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction 40.3 (2016): 389-465.

 Maaike Derksen, ‘“On their Javanese Sprout we Need to Graft the European Civilization”. Fashioning Local Intermediaries in the Dutch Catholic mission, 1900-1942’, Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 19 (1).

Corinna Unger, Entwicklungspfade in Indien: Eine internationale Geschichte, 1947-1980 (Göttingen: Wallstein, 2015).

Elisabeth Wesseling and Sarah Park Dahlen (eds.), Orphanhood and Adoption in Children’s Literature, special issue Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 40.4 (2015).

Marc Frey, Sönke Kunkel and Corinna R. Unger (eds.), International Organizations and Development, 1945-1990 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). 

Heinrich Hartmann and Corinna R. Unger (eds.), A World of Populations: Transnational Perspectives on Demography in the Twentieth Century, (New York: Berghahn Books, 2014).

Elisabeth Wesseling and Macarena Garcia Gonzalez, 'The Stories We Adopt By: Tracing "The Red Thread" in Contemporary Adoption Narratives', The Lion and the Unicorn 37.3 (2014): 257-276.

Felicity Jensz, 'The Cultural, Didactic, and Physical Spaces of Mission Schools in the Nineteenth Century', Missionsräume – Themenheft der Österreichischen Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaft 24.2 (2013): 71-92.

Elisabeth Wesseling, '“Like Topsy, We Grow”: The Legacy of the Sentimental Novel in Adoption Memoirs from Fifties America', Neo-Victorian Studies 5.1 (2013): 202-233.

Felicity Jensz and Hanna Acke, 'The Form and Function of Nineteenth-Century Missionary Periodicals', Forum section, Church History 82.2 (2013): 368-373. DOI: 10.1017/S0009640713000036.

Elisabeth Wesseling, 'Seed from the East, Seed from the West, Which One Will Turn Out Best? The Demonic Adoptee in The Bad Seed (1954)', in: Agnes Andeweg and Sue Zlosznik (eds), Gothic Kinship (Manchester: Manchester UP, 2013): 63-81.

Felicity Jensz and Hanna Acke, eds. Missions and Media. The Politics of Missionary Periodicals in the long Nineteenth-Century, Missionsgeschichtliches Archiv 20 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2013). 

Felicity Jensz, '‘In Future, Only Female Teachers’: Staffing the Ramahyuck mission school in the nineteenth century', Provenance 11 (2012), ISNN 1832-2522,

Felicity Jensz, 'Missionaries and Education in the 19th Century English-Speaking World, Part 1: Church-State Relations and Indigenous Actions and Reactions', History Compass 10.4 (2012): 294-305. DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2012.00839.x

Felicity Jensz, 'Missionaries and Education in the 19th Century English-Speaking World, Part 2: Part II: Race, Class, and Gender', History Compass 10.4 (2012): 306–317. DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-0542.2012.00838.x.

Elisabeth Wesseling, 'In loco parentis: The Adoption Plot in Dutch-Language Colonial Children’s Books', Tydskrif vir Letterkunde 46.1 (2009): 139-151.