Professor Michael D. Jackson
Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions
at Harvard Divinity School
The history of religion is a history of movement. But what happens when religion is on the move? Studies of religion and migration have often treated religion as a resource for people who are coping with the shock of displacement in a foreign world. In this conference, however, we are interested in examining how an interdisciplinary approach to migratory experiences might illuminate the dynamic interplay between the limited possibilities in which people find themselves and the capabilities they nonetheless possess for creating viable, even vibrant, forms of social life. By treating religion as an embodied and spatial phenomenon that intersects with political and economic structures in complex and often unexpected ways, this conference aims not only to contribute to the nascent field of religion and migration but also to deepen its theoretical and methodological repertoire for future studies.
Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)
Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL)
With the support of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.