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

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February 24, 2017 to February 25, 2017
North Carolina, United States
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Cultural History / Studies, Area Studies

Strangers and Strange Lands:

Margins and Borders as Sites of Religious Interaction and Formation


Department of Religious Studies, Duke University

February 24-25, 2017

Abstract deadline: December 20th

Keynote Speaker: Susanna Drake from Macalester College

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. 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 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 on or before December 20th. Final papers must be submitted by February 10th, 2017.

Contact Info: 

Hwansoo Kim

118 Gray Building

Duke's Department of Religious Studies

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