Special Issue "Religion and Refugee: Interdisciplinary Discussions on Transformative Humane-Divine Interactions"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2019)
Dr. Alexander Horstmann
Associate Professor, School for Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia
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Interests: the study of religious and ethnic diversity in Southeast Asia and in a comparative perspective, Theravada Buddhism, Christianity (especially Pentecostalism and Charismatic Movements), autochthonous religion (spirit beliefs), modernity, violence, and border régimes
This special issue invites scholars and practitioners for interdisciplinary discussions about the multilayered roles and efficacies of religion over the course and in the context of refugee-migrants’ life trajectories. Intellectually innovative essays on either the relatively recent refugee crisis or rather long-term phenomena among refugee-diaspora communities in any continents are all welcome. Selected papers should demonstrate interdisciplinary approaches and comparative perspectives primarily based on empirical research on the transformative interactions with the divine in refugee camps, among refugee-migrant individuals and social movements, religious institutions and networks, and (inter)national organizations. In particular, contributors are encouraged to shed light on the ways religious mobilizations and religious strategies of place-making help refugees recover and reconstruct their lives in exile during periods of loss. Papers should provide critical reflections on the ongoing tensions between the secular and the sacred, the national and the transnational, security and humanity, and etc. Further, this special issue wants to examine the moral, imaginative, and utopian forces in the flows of the displaced through the lens of religion that exhibits a transformative power for people interacting with each other in terms of hospitality, self-help and healing. As such, our contributions should encompass the secular and sacred obstacles and aspirations that the refugee individuals’ experience and envision through their life trajectories. We believe that this open-ended proposal will inspire promising and established scholars, field practitioners, and refugee actors to raise their voices for long-term mutual goals to negotiate in religious terms. Ultimately, this special issue aims to cumulatively effect a paradigm shift in the approaches, perspectives, and practices on the potentials and limits of divine and humane interactions in the studies of refugee and religion.
Dr. Jin-Heon Jung
Dr. Alexander Horstmann
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- Interdisciplinary approaches
- transformative humane-divine interactions
- paradigm shift