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Religions, Borders, and Immigration Seminar

Call for Proposals

Religions, Borders, and Immigration seminar invites papers for AAR 2023 focusing on the following themes: the exploration of migrants’ lived religious/spiritual experiences and religious/theological reflection emerging from the migratory lifeworlds; analysis of migrants’ agency in communities of faith and society; the intersection of race and religion/spirituality in the context of forced migration; religious/theological reflections on migration due to environmental degradation and global political and economic instability; religious/theological analysis of connections between mobility and privilege; the intersections of religion/spirituality and populism as a cause of forced migration and as a religious/theological/ethical challenge for receiving societies.

The seminar is working toward publishing an interdisciplinary essay collection at the intersection of global migration and religion/spirituality/theology. We welcome various religious and methodological perspectives and, in particular, are looking for interreligious and intercultural engagements. Authors whose proposals are selected for presentation at AAR 2023, will be expected to submit their papers by November 10, 2023 for pre-circulation.

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.


Steering Committee Members




Our seminar will invite proposals via Papers interface. We are also planning to reach out individually to scholars working in the areas which are so far underrepresented among our seminar panelists and Steering Committee members to solicit proposals that would augment the spectrum of topics/constituencies that we want to include in the essay collection that this seminar is working on. Hence, we will also accept direct proposals from scholars that the SC has already discussed and detemined that we would reach out to them with an invitation. This will supplement the open call for papers according to the CFP included in the relevant section in this survey.

Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times