This Unit is a forum in which scholars working on religion and migration from multiple perspectives can interact across methodologies, religious traditions, and regions. We solicit papers addressing the religious practices, experiences, needs, and beliefs of migrating peoples who adapt to new environments and impact their societies of origin and destination. We understand religion and migration broadly, from the religious communities of rural migrants in regional cities to the new understandings of religion that second-generation children construct in order to make sense of their ethnic identities or ethical responses of receiving communities. If you are interested in furthering the discussion on religion and migration, please join the AAR Religion and Migration Group on Facebook.
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Religion and Migration Unit
Call for Proposals
The Religion and Migration Unit seeks individual paper proposals and panel proposals (presider, three presenters, and respondent). The Religion and Migration Unit is committed to inclusion.
Panel session proposals should incorporate gender diversity within the panel; diversity of race/ethnicity, and rank are also highly encouraged. The 2022 Religion and Migration Unit Call for Papers for the Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, CO welcomes proposals on the following themes:
- Immigration and Emigration: the “in-flow/out-flow” within regions or nations: How or in which ways does religious affiliation, ethics, wealth, power and the ability to move affect individuals/communities and/or influence religious identities?
- Teaching Religion and Migration: What are some of the issues and/or challenges teaching religion and migration in public/private colleges and universities? In what ways have we progressed and/or experienced positive change in the classroom/field?
- Migration and New Religious Movements and/or Communities: How might the experience of migration affect religious movements, traditions, groups and/or communities?
- Transnational or Transpacific Asian Religions in the Americas: Focusing on communities that have been historically underrepresented, including South Asian, Southeast Asian, East Asian, Pacific Islander, and non-Christian communities. How or in what ways have traditions been constructed, reconstructed and/or represented in the Americas by immigrant/migrant/refugee communities?
(Co-Sponsorship with the Religion in Europe Unit)
The year 2022 marks the 500-year anniversary of the publication of Seder Eliyahu Zutra, one of the best early accounts of the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal. In honor of this historic publication, we invite papers that consider the historiography of migration in Europe in relation to religion and particular religious or inter-religious perspectives/dialogues on migration/immigration; this may also reflect particular religious motivations among migrants. We’re especially interested in the historiography of migration as narrative in terms of “who gets to tell the stories” and how these narratives transform our understanding of the intersection of religion and migration. Papers that analyze either historical or contemporary examples and/or offer a comparative analysis of varied time periods are welcome.
Finally, we offer an open call for any other topics dealing with religion and migration, especially proposals that address theoretical and methodological issues at the intersection of migration and religious studies. We are also interested in hosting a book panel, so please feel free to submit panel proposals for recently published books on Migration and Religion (author, panelists, respondent(s).
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Glenda Bonifacio, University of Lethbridge1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Alyshea Cummins, University of Ottawa1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Sana Patel, University of Ottawa1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Ulrich Schmiedel, University of Edinburgh1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027