Gender Immigration and Religion in a Globalized World
Given the conference theme on power, violence and justice, we examine the role of religion in producing uneven socio-political relations in the globalized space (Ebaugh and Chafetz, 1999). Religious subjects and practices have dominantly been framed through religion/secularism divide and Islamaphobia (Asad 2003; Stodolska and Livengood, 2006) in a world gripped by War on Terror and vilification of Islam and Muslims. Yet subjects negotiate their religious identities (Muslim or otherwise) to shape ethnoscapes (Appadurai 1990) in localized and transnational spaces. When establishing themselves in their new ‘homes’, immigrant women construct their religious identities along with race, class and gender as they navigate various borders and regulations (Cadge and Ecklund, 2007). What are some of the power dynamics in terms of practising and expressing religious identities and worship and practices? How does the dominant religious discourse shape what is considered religious and how do various identities conflict? Are some religions more accepted than others? Does this lead to injustice and abuse of power through different mechanisms of the state and institutionalized settings? How does this limit cultural and identity practices and sense of belonging? These are some issues we would like to draw attention to in this session.
We welcome submissions from scholars across the world, who explore immigrant women’s experiences of religion within and across the global North and South in diverse settings. We open up the discussion to multiple faiths including Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism Buddhism Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, agnosticism, atheism or other forms of religion and spiritualism.