Special Issue "Gender, Religion and Migration: Translocalities and Pandemics"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Glenda Tibe Bonifacio
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Women & Gender Studies, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4, Canada
Interests: international development; development of individuals; communities and social life; Canada; major religious traditions; international relations and development; human rights and liberties; collective rights; globalization; gender relationship; feminist activism; transitional services of live-in caregivers in Alberta; gender and temporary foreign workers; gender, migration, and citizenship of Filipino women; Australia; gender and labour migration; gender, religion, and migration: pathways to integration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 2020, the global scale of COVID-19 highly demonstrated the intersections of gender, religion, and migration within communities and nation-states. As borders, both domestic and international, continue to define and target bodies for inclusion or exclusion by state agents and others, the embedded social scripts for women, men, and non-binary persons are compounded by religion and migration histories. For example, the different modes and levels of population mobility have rendered gendered bodies vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, and occupational segregation. Religious practices in public spaces have become pods for the spread of infection as participants travel to their home communities and beyond. The consequent imposition of travel restrictions and barriers for social engagements around the world require new perspectives on the relations of gender, religion, and migration in the context of the current pandemic and translocalities.

Translocalities, broadly conceived, refer to the physical, geographical, structural, and social as well as the imagined states and well-being affecting individuals, groups, and communities. These are fluid and complex terrains that construct borders, bodies of belonging, conformities, and punitive acts, amongst others. Gendered bodies are necessarily located in particular cultural contexts, political regimes, and economic settings. These are not mutually exclusive but intersect with other dimensions, including religion and spirituality. As people move within and about their communities, they inhabit translocal spaces where the processes of ‘being’ and ‘settling’ are transformed, or not. Under the aegis of the global pandemic, translocalities are crucial sites of engagements from the personal to the communal, from the local to the global.

We invite original works that examine the intersections and interrelationships of gender, religion, and migration along these sample questions:

  1. In what ways do variants of gender expressions find affirmations or condonations from religious precepts affecting immigrant groups before, during, and after a pandemic?
  2. How does religion contribute to gendered patterns of survival or coping strategies across generations of immigrant groups?
  3. What are the transformative potentials of religion for gender equity under a pandemic?
  4. In matters of public health under a pandemic, does religion matter in the lives of immigrants?
  5. Is religiosity a factor in the survival of inbound/outbound persons? Does it differ based on intersectional gender?
  6. What are the gendered effects of the multipronged restrictions of family, state, and religion during the pandemic?

We accept submissions in the English language. If interested, please submit an abstract of 500 words with a succinct title and a short biography of contributing authors to Guest Editor on or before 20 March 2021. Full length articles of about 6000 words including references are due by 31 July 2021.

Prof. Dr. Glenda Tibe Bonifacio
Guest Editor

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  • Translocalities
  • Pandemic
  • Transformations
  • Religiosity/religion
  • Gender/gender expressions/gender roles/equity
  • State control
  • Resilience/coping
  • Migration
  • Ethnicities
  • Generations

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Effects of Pandemics on Migrant Communities: Analysis of Existing Sources
Religions 2021, 12(5), 289; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12050289 - 21 Apr 2021
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Gender, religion, and migration are perplexing issues, especially in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic in which gendered and religious dynamics are emerging within migrant communities across the world. The relations between these three concepts are explored within this bleak time that has [...] Read more.
Gender, religion, and migration are perplexing issues, especially in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic in which gendered and religious dynamics are emerging within migrant communities across the world. The relations between these three concepts are explored within this bleak time that has exposed previously neglected dynamics present in migrant communities living in distant host countries in Asia, Europe, and the United States of America. In this paper, we discuss the intricacies within religion and gender among migrant communities and the gendered impacts that COVID-19 has had on the aforementioned migrant communities. Through a secondary desk review analysis of the diverse emerging literature, we show that there are gendered implications of the pandemic measures taken by governments as migrant communities occupy unique translocalities. Overall, the intersection of religion, gender, and migration underscores religion reproducing gender roles among the migrants. The reproduction of gender in religious institutions disadvantage women amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis confirmed the trivial fact that migrant women continue to suffer disproportionately due to increased unemployment and disease burden coupled with religious practices that continue to advance the upward mobility of male migrants. There is a need to recast the place of migrant women in this era, and lastly, religion plays a renewed role among migrant communities especially for women who have enhanced their social positions and organizational skills through it. Full article
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