Borderland Religion narrates, presents and interprets the fascinating and significant practices when borders, migrants and religion intersect. This collection of original essays combines theology, philosophy and sociology to examine diverse religious issues surrounding external national borders and internal domestic borders as these are challenged by the unstoppable flow of documented and undocumented migrants. While many studies of migration have examined how religion plays a major role in the assimilation and integration of waves of migration, this volume looks at a number of empirical studies of how emergent religious practices arise around border crossings.
The volume begins with a detailed analysis of the borderland religion context and research. The aim is to bring an eschatological interpretation of the borderland religion, its impact and significance for migrants. Themes include a critical analysis of how religion has formatted Europe; empirical studies from the US/Mexican border and Southern Africa; an overview of the European refugee crisis in 2015; editors’ account of borderland religion from the perspective of citizenship studies.
Contributions of scholars from a broad range of disciplines ensure a careful analysis of this highly topical situation. The volume’s interdisciplinary profile will appeal to scholars and students in religious studies, migration studies, theology and citizenship studies.
1. Traces of a Theo-Borderland, Daisy Machado, Bryan Turner and Trygve Wyller
Part I: Borderland challenges
2. On the Border, By the Sea, Mike Seifert
3. Res Publica Christiana: Europe’s Three Religious Borders, Rosario Forlenza and Bryan Turner
4. "Singing the Lord`s songs in a foreign land." Migration, Citizenship and Religion in South Africa, R. Simangaliso Kumalo
Part II: Borderland religion practices
5. Santa Muerte: A Transgressing Saint Transgresses Borders, Daisy L. Machado
6. To move or not to move! Queering Borders and Faith in the context of diverse sexualities in Southern Africa, Lilly Phiri and Sarojini Nadar
7. Touching and Contamination: What the Xenophobes Want to Avoid Reflections from a Congolese Borderland in South Africa, Trygve Wyller
8. A Post-Colonial Perspective on Religion and Migration, Federico Settler
Part III: Siding with the powerless
9. Religion-Making in the Border Space and by Border Land, Hans-Joachim Sander
10. The boy on the beach: The Photographic Event that Contested the Violence of European Governmentality, Mads Peter Karlsen, Bent Meier Sørensen and Kaspar Villadsen
11. Impacting Religions, Impacting Societies, Daisy Machado, Bryan Turner and Trygve Wyller
Civic groups, churches, and ministries are globally among the most willing and active in the assistance and advocacy of refugees and migrants. Innumerous projects, camps, and activist practices are often the first line of resistance to increasingly restrictive policies.
These practices are located on all continents and in all localities with visible and contested migration. Yet so far, these practices have only rarely been researched and academically interpreted, even if they, on many occasions, have had a significant impact and significance, both locally and internationally. One might say that the resistance practices and their contexts represent the most visible and influential opposition to the politics of closed borders and deportation.
Documenting, analyzing, and interpreting different kinds of resistance and challenging practices – both historical and contemporary – is the aim of this new series. In order to achieve that, the series will take an open and interdisciplinary approach. It invites scholars from the fields of religious studies, sociology, criminology, anthropology, philosophy, history, theology, and related disciplines to submit and participate in the series.
The themes comprise: