Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy

Event details

Coral Bell School Conference

Date & time

Tuesday 08 December 2020 to Thursday 10 December 2020


Hedley Bull Building
Hedley Bull


Professor Sharon Erickson Nepstad (University of New Mexico); Professor Mike Smith (Australian National University and National Museum of Australia); Professor Richard Vokes (University of Western Australia)


Dr David W. Kim

The 3rd ANU Religion Conference 2020: the Call for Papers

Forms of human movement including global immigration, asylum-seeking, climate migration, and the internal migration accompanying mass urbanization, have radically altered religious cultures around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of this 3rd ANU Religion Conference is to explore the various phenomena related to religion and migration; the political and social transitions impacting upon the transnational religiosity of contemporary communities. We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels of 3-4 papers that address the conference theme, particularly the themes in the streams below. Papers and panels relevant to the main conference theme but not aligned to these streams are also very welcome.

Proposed streams:

1) Human movement and religious encounters: Migration and other forms of human movement bring us face-to-face with the other. How does religious identity shape the migrant experience? How is religious coexistence and conflict shaped by human movement?

2) Religion, migration and cultural change: Migration reconfigures relationships between religion, identity and culture. How do diasporic religious communities negotiate belonging? How are continuity and change reflected in the religious and cultural practices of migrant communities?

3) Immigration, religion and securitisation: Immigration, especially asylum-seeking, is increasingly approached as a matter of national security. How does religion interact with immigration and national security law? How have religious actors responded to the securitisation of immigration?

4) Multiculturalism, religion and law: Multiculturalism pluralises public life. How is religion practiced within multicultural societies? How are religious rights balanced against competing rights in secular multicultural societies?

5) Transnational religions in the Asia-Pacific region: Transnational religions have transformed cultures and regional customs, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. How are local religions mobilised in our transnational era? How have local cultures been altered by the impact of transnational religions?

6) Theory and Method in the Study of Religion and Migration: Religion and migration have been approached from diverse perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, theology, law and policy. How have established theories aided or hindered the study of religion and migration? How can new theories and methodologies enlighten experiences of religion and migration?

3rd ANU Religion Conference Committee:

Co-chair: Dr David W. Kim (ANU College of Asia & the Pacific)

Co-chair: Dr Ibrahim Abraham (ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences); A/Professor Ven. Alex Bruce (ANU College of Law); Dr Duncan Wright (ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences); Ms Lina Koleilat (ANU College of Asia & the Pacific)

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