Call for Papers - Panel on Forced Displacement and Religion at European Academy of Religion Conference in Bologna (June 2023)

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Call for Papers
June 20, 2022 to June 23, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Sociology

This is a call for papers to take part in a panel on forced displacement, religion, and communal reconstruction (see below for full description) at the European Academy of Religions Conference on 'Religion and Diversity,' June 20 - 23, 2022 (Bologna). The deadline for submissions to the panel organizer is Monday, 18 April 2022. And the deadline for discounted early conference registration is 24 April.

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Panel description:

Comparative Perspectives on Forced Displacement, Religion, and Communal Reconstruction among Minorities of the Middle East (20th - 21st Centuries)

This panel will identify and examine how forcibly displaced minorities from the Middle East have assessed, practiced, and conceptualized religion as an instrument of communal reconstruction over the past century. From the First World War to the post-9/11 wars in the Middle East, record numbers of people have been forcibly displaced, many as a result of religious pressures, including direct persecution. These events have had a disproprtionately negative impact on religious minorities with already existing histories of forced displacement and mass violence, often leading to the total disintegration of their communities. Much of the scholarship addresses these events and their historical background in a top-down manner. Focusing on realpolitik, international relations, humanitarianism, and various legal processes, this scholarship overshadows or eschews studies conducted 'on the ground' and addressing such displaced population's lived engagements with religious (un)belonging. By contrast, this panel will privilege the voices of the displaced, inviting contributors in any discipline to present the experiences, attitudes, and activities of these fractured communities as they grapple with their religious identities.


Contact Info: 

Panel Organizer: Nanor Kebranian (Independent Scholar)


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