Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy

Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy
"Harvest of Endurance: A History of the Chinese in Australia 1788-1988” (detail) by Mo Xiangyi and Wang Jingwen (1988), National Museum of Australia, used with permission.


Date & time

Wed 08 Dec 2021, 9am – Fri 10 Dec 2021, 9pm


Sir Roland Wilson Building, Australian National University

3rd ANU Religion Conference - Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy (POSTPONED TO 2021)

Forms of human movement including global immigration, asylum-seeking, climate migration, and the internal migration accompanying mass urbanisation, have radically altered religious cultures around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of this 3rd ANU Religion Conference is to explore the various phenomena related to religion and migration; the political and social transitions impacting upon the transnational religiosity of contemporary communities.

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the conference has been postponed to December 2021Further changes may be required in the future in accordance with public health considerations, travel restrictions, and higher education and research funding.

Key dates (updated)

Proposal deadline:  21 May 2021

Notification:  13June 2021

Registrations open:  14 July 2021

Registrations close:  10 September 2021

Conference:  08-10 December 2021

3rd ANU Religion Conference Committee     

This conference is organised with the support of ANU’s Humanities Research Centre and the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project. The Conference committee acknowledges the First Australians on whose traditional lands we shall meet, and pays respect to the elders of the Ngunnawal people past and present.

Please note that travel and accommodation are the responsibility of conference participants. The conference organizers cannot provide any funds for travel or accommodation.


Call for Papers and Panels

We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels of 3-4 papers that address the conference theme, particularly the themes in the streams below. Papers and panels relevant to the main conference theme but not aligned to these streams are also very welcome.

Proposed streams:

  1. Human movement and religious encounters: Migration and other forms of human movement bring us face-to-face with the other. How does religious identity shape the migrant experience? How is religious coexistence and conflict shaped by human movement?
  2. Religion, migration and cultural change: Migration reconfigures relationships between religion, identity and culture. How do diasporic religious communities negotiate belonging? How are continuity and change reflected in the religious and cultural practices of migrant communities?
  3. Immigration, religion and securitisation: Immigration, especially asylum-seeking, is increasingly approached as a matter of national security. How does religion interact with immigration and national security law? How have religious actors responded to the securitisation of immigration?
  4. Multiculturalism, religion and law: Multiculturalism pluralises public life. How is religion practiced within multicultural societies? How are religious rights balanced against competing rights in secular multicultural societies?
  5. Transnational religions in the Asia-Pacific region: Transnational religions have transformed cultures and regional customs, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. How are local religions mobilised in our transnational era? How have local cultures been altered by the impact of transnational religions?
  6. Theory and Method in the Study of Religion and Migration: Religion and migration have been approached from diverse perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, theology, law and policy. How have established theories aided or hindered the study of religion and migration? How can new theories and methodologies enlighten experiences of religion and migration


Please send paper and panel proposals to Dr David W. Kim at by 21 May 2021 (note updated deadline), including the following information:

  1. Paper title
  2. Nominated stream
  3. Name and affiliation
  4. Contact details
  5. Abstract of 150-200 words
  6. Biography of 50-80 words highlighting teaching and research interests and publications.

Proposals for panels of 3 or 4 papers must include the above information for all papers and a brief description of the panel itself of 100 words.

Provisional registration fees 

Full registration: AU$ 275.00 (to be confirmed) 

Student/part-time/unwaged/religious leaders: AU$ 175.00 (to be confirmed)

Publisher: AU $600.00 (to be confirmed)

Registration includes participation in all conference sessions, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea on each day, conference reception on the first evening, registration pack, and conference tour of sites in Canberra relevant to the theme of religion and migration. Publisher registration includes, in addition, a display desk, an opportunitiy to address conference delegates, and your logo on the conference program front page.

The conference dinner must be paid for separately, approximately AU$100 (to be confirmed).

Please note that travel and accommodation are the responsibility of conference participants. The conference organizers cannot provide any funds for travel or accommodation.

Confirmed keynote speakers


Please address all inquiries to  Dr David W. Kim at

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