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Religion and Migration Unit

Call for Proposals

The Religion and Migration Unit seeks individual paper proposals and session proposals (presider, 3 presenters, respondent) for the 2020 Annual Meeting to be held in Boston, MA related to the following themes:

● Diaspora and Transnational Religious Practices

● Immigration, Intersectionalities, and Identity

● Im/migration and Identity Formation of Second- and Third-Generations (including identity construction, maintenance or conversion in the diaspora)

● Modern Migration and the Interpretation/ Incorporation of Religious Texts

● Religion, Migration, and Demographics

● Migration and Inter-Religious Cooperation

● The Creation of Borders as Weapons (i.e. excluding certain religious groups)

Human rights and migration (for a proposed co-sponsored session with Religion and Human Rights): how religion and human rights function together to address the contemporary immigration crisis, including current debates over whether there is a right to resist or disobey particular immigration laws in the name of religious freedom.

We also invite submissions for a possible co-sponsored session of the Religion and Ecology Unit, Religion and Disability Studies Unit, Class, Religion, and Theology Unit, and Religion and Migration Unit: The global climate crisis affects people who are already most susceptible to environmentally linked degradation. We invite papers addressing the devastating impact of climate change and connected ecological crisis on vulnerable peoples, including persons with disabilities, the working class, indigenous peoples, communities of color, migrants, people living unhoused and/or with food insecurities, and others. We welcome engagement from a range of disciplines, methods, and religious traditions.

Finally, we offer an open call for any other topics dealing with religion and migration, especially proposals that address theoretical and methodological issues in the field of migration in relation to religious studies.

Statement of Purpose

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 or contact Rubina Ramji,


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members

Review Process Comments

This review process works best as it allows all steering committee members to evaluate submissions anonymously, without any bias. Although Chairs can see the names of the proposers, we do not allow that to influence us in choosing final papers as that is done by the entire committee.