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.
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Religions, Borders, and Immigration Seminar
Call for Proposals
For AAR 2021, we invite proposals with focus on interreligious explorations and comparative theological reflections on the contemporary challenges and historical examples of forced and voluntary migration as shaped by racial discrimination and LGBTQ identity dynamic. We invite proposals that connect these less explored aspects of migration with emerging constructive visions about how these realities “begin 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” (from Statement of Purpose). This seminar already has had excellent coverage on the intersection of migration and religion related to the U.S.-Mexico border in the Christian context. For 2021 we seek proposals to expand the conversation to include contexts beyond North America with robust and explicit engagement with the following topics through interreligious/comparative lenses of interpretation:
1. Constructs of racial identity and prejudice at the intersection with religious identity in contemporary and historical hot spots of migration (geographical and cultural);
2. The role of LGBTQ+ identity at the intersection of religious identity and migration globally but also at the U.S.-Mexico border as LQBTQ+ persons from diverse nations and diverse religious backgrounds seek protection in USA;
3. The above areas of interest (race and gender identities in the global contexts of migration) with a specific focus on non-Christian perspectives and experiences.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Anne Blankenship, North Dakota State University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Helen Boursier, College of Saint Scholastica1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Michael Canaris, Loyola University, Chicago1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Kirsteen Kim, Fuller Theological Seminary1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Mary Beth Yount, Neumann University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024