1st Edition

Contemporary Christian-Cultural Values Migration Encounters in the Nordic Region

Edited By Cecilia Nahnfeldt, Kaia S. Rønsdal Copyright 2021
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book reconstructs the connection between religion and migration, drawing on post-colonial perspectives to shed light on what religion can contribute to migrant encounters. Examining the resources and motives for hospitality as lived in Christian contexts in the Nordic region, it addresses the content of talk about "religion" in public discourse, the concept having become something of an empty signifier in debates surrounding migration. Multidisciplinary in approach, this volume demonstrates that "religion" is not, in fact, an empty signifier, but gains substance through practice and interpretation. Considering the undeveloped potentiality of religion and the manner in which the unseen religious perspective in secularity becomes manifest in practice, this volume will appeal to social scientists and scholars of religion with interests in migration, refugee studies, theology, and Christian practice.

    1. Introduction: The Pursuit of Common Grounds – Conceptualizing Values and Encounters

    Cecilia Nahnfeldt and Kaia S. Rønsdal

    2. A Nonmodernist Humanizing: Reconstructing Theological Resistance Beyond Secular–Religious Binaries

    Trygve Wyller

    3. Religion, Race, and the Fantasies of Benevolence

    Federico Settler

    4. Migration and Christian Vocation in a Global World

    Werner G. Jeanrond

    5. "Tu Veux un Chewing-gum?": Encounters in Hospitality and Willfulness

    Cecilia Nahnfeldt

    6. Europe Between Globalism and Localism

    Bernhard Waldenfels

    7. We Who Flee and We Who Are in the Business of Producing Refugees

    Arne Johan Vetlesen and Rasmus Willig

    8. State Lockdown: The Concept of "Risky Immigrants" in Danish Policy Discourse

    Kaspar Villadsen

    9. The Gift of Being Needed: Protestantism and the Double-Edged Sword of Hospitality

    Thomas Hylland Eriksen

    10. Bordering, Othering, and Empathy: Enhancing Social Proximity in a World in Motion

    Maartje van der Woude

    11. The Cracks in the Category of Christianism: A Call for Ambiguity in the Conceptualization of Christianity

    Ulrich Schmiedel

    12. Challenged by Ecumenism: The Blessing of the Religious Other for Ecclesial Hospitality Practices

    Hans-Joachim Sander

    13. Conceptions of Dialogical Hospitality: The Ugly Side of Hospitality

    Cecilia Nahnfeldt and Kaia S. Rønsdal


    Cecilia Nahnfeldt is Scientific Leader, Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society, Uppsala University and Researcher at Research and Analysis Department, Church of Sweden, Uppsala.

    Kaia S. Rønsdal is Associate Professor in the field of Leadership, Dialogue and Care in Plural Contexts at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway.