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Religions and Public Life Graduate Student Working Group Conference
This student-led interdisciplinary seminar brings together graduate and professional students and postdocs to discuss their works-in-progress on selected themes such as “Minorities and Diasporas” (2017-18) and “Pain and Joy: Polemics and Praise in Religious Communities” (2018-19), and “Church and State” (2019-20). Students also brainstorm about possible applications of research to current affairs and review grant proposals, enhancing interdisciplinary professional development.

Conference Schedule:

Panel One: The Nation-State and Its Others

Nurlan Kabdylkhak: Russian imperial state vis-à-vis Muslim subjects
Elsa Costa: Early modern xenophobia in Spain
Perry Sweitzer: Relationship between religion and citizenship in the US

Panel Two: Islam and Representations of Belonging

Ehsan Sheikholharam Mashhadi: European spaces’ attempted incorporation of Muslim identity
Iris Gilad: Missing the Middle East in women’s art
Allison Wattenbarger: Trends in Palestinian liberation theology

Panel Three: Migrant Outreach and Contemporary American Protestantism

Joseph Roso: US evangelicals’ attitudes towards immigration under Trump
Darwin Perry: Church support of immigrants experiencing incarceration
Andrew Carlins: Religion of immigrants to US

Panel Four: Theologies of Migration and Home

Joshua Strayhorn: Religion in black migration
Alberto La Rosa Rojas: Theology of home among migrants to the US
Eric Shin-fung Hung: How the migrant church became an indigenous church in Hong Kong

May 6, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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