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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Religions, Borders, and Immigration Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

The overall purpose of this seminar is to promote interreligious and interdisciplinary collaboration on global migration from theological perspectives and how it begins to reshape the interpretations of the Ultimate reality, as it is envisioned in various religious traditions in dialogue with diverse traditions of ethics and pastoral responses to the refugee crisis. This seminar’s focus or theme is on the intersection of borders, migration, religious practices and how all of those are being reenvisioned and reinterpreted through dialogical theological reflection in interfaith perspectives. The work of the seminar addresses one of most critical issues of our time, and we believe that religion plays an essential role in understanding the meaning of these changes. This new seminar will continue to encourage different and creative approaches, such as comparative theology and theologies of religious diversity, to explore the meaning of our times.

Call for Papers: 

The Religions, Borders, and Immigration Seminar invites proposals for papers that address, theologically, the intersection of borders, immigration, and religion from any scholarly and religious perspectives. The first iteration of this seminar, Interreligious Reflections on Immigration (2013-2018), produced two edited volumes (Strangers in This World, Fortress, 2015 and The Meaning of My Neighbor’s Faith, Lexington Books, 2019). Scholars interested in contributing to the third and fourth volumes are encouraged to submit a proposal/abstract that explores the connection between religion, borders, and immigration We especially welcome proposals that address issues and ideas that would complement rather than repeat the content of first two edited volumes--please refer to table of contents in the two published volumes. The theme of the third volume is borders/boundaries/walls/fences as the primary locus of reflection (Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?: Multi-Religious Reflections on Borders and Walls).

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