Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Call for Papers and Panels:
 
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?

Proposals:
Please send paper and panel proposals to david.kim@anu.edu.au by 30 April 2020, including the following information: (1) paper title, (2) nominated stream, (3) name and affiliation, (4) contact details, (5) abstract of 150-200 words, (6) biography highlighting teaching and research interests and publications of 50-80 words. 
Proposals for panels of 3 or 4 papers must include the above information for all papers and a brief description of the panel itself of 100 words.

Registration fees:
Full registration: AU$275
Student/part-time/unwaged/religious leaders: AU$175
Registration includes participation in all conference sessions, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea on each day, conference reception on the first evening, registration pack, and conference tour of sites in Canberra relevant to the theme of religion and migration. 

The conference dinner must be paid for separately: AU$100
Please note that travel and accommodation are the responsibility of conference participants.

Key dates:
Proposal deadline    30 April 2020
Notification        30 June 2020 
Registrations open    14 July 2020
Registrations close    10 September 2020
Conference        8-10 December 2020

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)

Inquiries:
Please address all inquiries to Dr David W. Kim at david.kim@anu.edu.au

This conference is organised with the support of ANU Humanities Research Centre and the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project. The Conference committee acknowledges the First Australians on whose traditional lands we shall meet, and pays respect to the elders of the Ngunnawal people past and present.