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 the 2022 meeting, Religions, Borders, and Immigration Seminar invites proposals exploring the intersection of race, migration, and xenophobia. We are particularly interested in perspectives on wider definitions of what constitutes forced migration (beyond the legal definitions that are connected to state-sponsored forced migration) and race from Black theology, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Indigenous studies, and Asian (Indo-Pacific) studies featuring robust engagement with religious/theological imaginaries, which contribute to as well as respond to persons and communities affected by forced migration. Contributions from the field of comparative theology are also welcome.
We also request proposals examining the historical precedent for religious leaders and institutions working with or for migrant populations and policy in Africa, South/Central America, North America, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. Those grappling with the racialization of religion are particularly welcome.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Anne Blankenship, North Dakota State University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Helen Boursier, College of St. 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