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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




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