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996010 Refugees, Religions, and Resettlement: Methodological Approaches and Implications (S) (SoSe 2017)

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What are the methodological implications for and of scholars studying the religious lives of refugees? And how should scholars engage with the historical erasure and “methodological nationalism” in past scholarship on refugee religions? This course will raise and address research issues from ethics to reflexive positionality and theorizing that centers refugees and their “lived religions.” We will explore these questions by drawing on primary materials and scholarship across comparative sites and periods. Participants are encouraged to mine their empirical data to work through questions of methodological concern.

Religions, Refugees, and Resettlement: Methodological Approaches and Implications BGHS Workshop Schedule

Monday, June 12

Session 1: 10:15 am–noon
Orientation: Situating the Religious Lives of Refugees in Academic Research
New York Times. 2012. "Lia Lee Dies; Life Went On Around Her, Redefining Care." Accessible online ( bridging-a-divide.html).
Burwell, Ronald J., Peter Hill, and John F. Van Wicklin. 1986. "Religion and Refugee Resettlement in the United States: A Research Note." Review of Religious Research 27(4): 356- 366.
Espiritu, Yen. 2014. "Critical Refuge(e) Studies." In Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refugees. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Lunch Break: noon-1:15 pm

Session 2: 1:15 pm–2:45 pm
The Politics of Transplantation and Adaptation: Muslim Refugees and Immigrants in the West (Guest Presenter: Gulay Turkmen, University of Goettingen)
Reuters. 2016. "In Germany Syrians find mosques too conservative." Accessible online ( idUSKCN12S0HE).
Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Elena and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh. 2010. "Muslim Asylum-Seekers and Refugees: Negotiating Identity, Politics, and Religions in the UK." Journal of Refugee Studies 23(3): 294-314.
Voas, David and Fenella Fleischmann. 2012. "Islam Moves West: Religious Change in the First and Second Generations." Annual Review of Sociology 38: 525-45.

Coffee Break, 2:45 pm-3:15 pm

Session 3: 3:15 pm –4:45 pm
Religion and Nationalism: Buddhist Vietnamese Refugees and Immigrants in Berlin
(Guest Presenter: Phi Su, UCLA)
Su, Phi. 2017. "'There's No Solidarity': Nationalism and Belonging Among Vietnamese Refugees and Immigrants in Berlin. Journal of Vietnamese Studies (University of California Press) 12:1, 73-100.
Marsh, Christopher. 2007. "Religion and Nationalism." In Nations and Nationalisms in Global Perspective: An Encyclopedia of Origins, Development, and Contemporary Transitions, edited by Guntram H. Herb and David H. Kaplan. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Tues, June 13

Session 4: 9:15 am–10:45 am
Refugee and Diasporic Religions: National and Transnational Perspectives
Hoskins, Janet. 2015. "What is a Refugee Religion? Exile, Exodus, and Emigration in the Vietnamese Diaspora." In Building Noah's Ark for Migrants, Refugees, and Religious Communities, edited by Alexander Horstmann and Jin-Heong Jung. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
Tweed, Thomas. 1997. Our Lady of the Exile: Diasporic Religion at a Cuban Catholic Shrine in Miami. Cary, US: Oxford University Press.
(Optional) Vasquez, Manuel A. and Josh DeWind. 2014. "Introduction to the Religious Lives of Migrant Minorities: A Transnational and Multi-Sited Perspective." Global Networks 14(4): 251- 272.

Coffee Break, 10:45 am -11:15 am

Session 5: 11:15 am–12:45pm
(Dis)continuities of Exclusion and Inclusion: Hamburg’s Senate and the local Shia mosque between 1950 and today (Guest Presenter: Sonja Moghaddari, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)
Van den Bos, Matthijs. 2012. “‘European Islam’ in the Iranian Ettehadiyeh.” In Shi’i Islam and Identity. Religion, Politics and Change in the Global Muslim Community, edited by Lloyd Ridgeon. London, New York: I.B.Tauris.

Stoler, Ann Laura. 2002. "Colonial Archives and the Arts of Governance." Archival Science 2 (1-2): 87-109
El-Tayeb, Fatima. 2004. "The Archive, the Activist, and the Audience, or Black European Studies: A Comparative Interdisciplinary Study of Identities, Positionalities, and Differences." TRANSIT 1(1). Retrieved from:

Lunch Break, 12:45 pm-2:15 pm

Session 5: 2:15 pm–3:45 pm
Ethical and Moral Considerations: The Case of Christian Karen Refugees (Guest Presenter: Alexander Horstmann, Tallinn University)
Horstmann, Alexander. 2011. "Ethical Dilemmas and Identifications of Faith-Based Humanitarian Organizations in the Karen Refugee Crisis." Journal of Refugee Studies 24(3): 513-532.
Horstmann, Alexander and Jin-Heong Jung. 2015. "Introduction: Refugees and Religions." In Building Noah's Ark for Migrants, Refugees, and Religious Communities, edited by Alexander Horstmann and Jin-Heong Jung. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
(Optional) Koning, Julienne and Gwenael Njoto-Feillard. 2017. "Introduction." In New Religiosities, Modern Capitalism, and Moral Complexities in Southeast Asia, edited by Julienne Koning and Gwenael Njoto-Feillar. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Coffee Break, 3:45 pm -4:15 pm

Session 5: 4:15 pm–4:45 pm
Final Discussion
Cheah, Joseph. 2011. "Negotiating Race and Religion in American Buddhism: Burmese Buddhism in California." Dissertation, Graduate Theological Union.


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