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(Im)mobility, Displacement, and Belonging

Conveners: Christoph Grüll and Erin Wilson

This cluster aims to investigate and promote new understandings of how religious, spiritual and faith-related phenomena intersect with different forms and phases of migration processes and their legal, political, and ideological interrelations. With a strong focus on qualitative, multi-scalar, and conceptual research interests, the cluster pays particular attention to the ways in which meaning, certainties, and discourses are constructed and deconstructed in relation to (im)mobility, displacement, and belonging. In line with the ‘Groningen Approach,’ this includes critical awareness of the interdependence of the religious and the secular, aiming to find new angles to investigate but also move beyond any dyadic view in this field.

Expertise in the cluster draw from the fields of religious studies, international relations, philosophy, anthropology, and law. Ongoing PhD research focuses on both micro- and macro-level analyses of religion and migration, including qualitative empirical research, critical approaches to ‘religion’ in the politics of asylum, and conceptual investigations of contemporary discourses on (forced) migration, displacement, and the ethics of immigration.  

Outreach and engagement with society is focused on local organizations that are involved in integration, legal support, sheltering, lobbying, awareness-building, etc. with a main focus on forced migration. This follows three main aims:

  1. Making available to non-specialized and specialized audiences academic knowledge on central themes and concepts from the cluster’s overall focus and their connection with religion, conflict, and globalization;
  2. Broaden the scope of academic debates to include voices and insights from practitioners, policy-makers, and, most importantly, those who experience (im)mobility and displacement;
  3. Attract new audiences, students, and partners for future cooperation.

Please contact the cluster conveners for more information.

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