Symposium – Religion at the Borderland; conceptualizing ‘borders’ through the study of religion
Pablo Vila (Temple University);
Sean R Roberts (George Washington University);
Silvia Montenegro (Universidad Nacional de Rosario);
Jovan Maud (University of Göttingen);
Benedikt Korf and Deborah Johnson (University Zurich);
Alex Aisher (University of Sussex);
Marta Dominguez Diaz (University St Gallen);
Sandra King-Savic (University of St. Gallen).
Geographical limits including national and continental borders are relevant in shaping religious behavior and modes of thinking. Cultural and societal formations are influenced by the presence of borders whilst borderlands are concurrently altered by the ways in which individuals and communities negotiate their identities in relation to variegated notions of frontier, limit and boundedness. These have been issues of concern for social scientists for long term but such questions have become even more poignant in light of current trends of globalization and increasing transnational flows. Whereas borderlands have been areas of social scientific interest for long time, little has been done to explore how the study of religious communities can contribute to the existing theoretical debate surrounding the thematizing and conceptualizing of borders.
This workshop aims to create a scholarly platform where notions of limit and boundary are theorized in relation to their specific role in modelling religious identities. It seeks to shed light into the religious dimensions of borderlands, by critically examining both how religious identity is being affected by the presence of territorial borders and the role religions play in shaping the identity of bordering communities.
Marta Dominguez Diaz, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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