Strangers and Strange Lands: Margins and Borders as Sites of Religious Interaction and Formation

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Call for Papers
December 10, 2016
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Local History, Popular Culture Studies, Religious Studies and Theology


The Department of Religious Studies at Duke invites Masters students from all institutions to submit papers to its second annual MA Conference. Applicants are invited to consider how religion manifests within and from the margins in multiple contexts: embodied, geographical, philosophical, sociological, and psychological. 

Conference Dates: February 24-25, 2017

Potential topics include:

  • How the religious majority constructs, and is constructed by, its formulation of the “other”
  • Minority communities’ use of the language or culture of the majority to gain recognition from the mainstream
  • Religion as experienced in the margins by minority communities
  • How religious communities self-marginalize in an attempt to reinforce their difference from the majority
  • The marginalization of individuals’ negotiations of multiple religious identities and influences

We encourage applicants to approach this topic from diverse methodological and disciplinary perspectives and to explore marginality as perceived by both scholars and practitioners.

Duke will cover the cost for flights of accepted speakers (US domestic flights only), as well as up to three nights’ accommodations at a local hotel.

Please send abstracts no longer than 300 words, a list of key terms, and a one-page CV to, and, and on or before December 10th. Final papers must be submitted by January 10th, 2017.


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Duke University

Durham, NC27708

phone: 6172518851

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