Theme

Religion, Mobility & Politics

Mobility has long defined religious traditions and their vital presence in our contemporary world. This one-week summer school will focus on the diversity of religions on the move and the politics of religion and religious difference.  We welcome papers based on original research that examine these themes from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, history, sociology, political science, and theology.  Papers may address but are not limited to the following questions:

What defines a religion and its boundaries? When religions are on the move, where do we locate its forms and expressions (e.g. its theological contents or its material elements)?  What characterizes religious transformations like conversions, revivals, or disavowals of religion?

What are the politics of religious mobility? What institutions, secular and spiritual alike, shape the migration and circulation of religions? How do the sacred geographies associated with traditions intersect with the geopolitics of nation-states or international regimes of sovereignty?

What are the global, transnational, and transregional aspects of religion? How do flows of capital and labor, as well as older routes of trade, shape religious growth and decline? What influences do these flows have on religious beliefs and practices? What histories of colonialism and/or socialism impact the ways religions disseminate and relocate?

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