Saving lives – but which ones? Life, belonging and postsecular possibilities in contemporary asylum politics

In today's post, Erin Wilson reflects on the recent decision by the Australian parliament to excise its territory from its migration zone, what this means for how we value life, how we belong and how both religious and secular perspectives can help us rethink these critical issues. Last week in my home country, Australia, the …

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Turkey and Religion; included or excluded in the EU?

Today's post shows Ella Sebamalai's reflection on Turkey's accession to the EU. On the one hand she reflects on religion and  secularism as part of the public debate, on the other hand she also illustrates the consequences of specific perceptions. In a crisis custody case between the Dutch government and a Turkish migrant family in the …

Manuel A. Vasquez’s response to: “The Homo Economicus and transnational religious networks in a post-secular society”.

In today's post, prof. Manuel A. Vasquez suggests an alternative view to the 'Homo Economicus' in his response to Ella Sebamalai's post on transnational religious networks and faith-based organizations. Rather then calculated rationality, Vasquez argues in favor of a form of contextualized rationality that influences the choices of migrants on both individual and communal level. …

The Homo Economicus and transnational religious networks in a post-secular society

Last week,  Prof. Manuel A. Vasquez gave a guest lecture on “Conceptualizing domination and resistance in transnational religious networks” at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Groningen. Here Ella Sebamalai engages with the ideas he raised and applies them to practical contexts, in particular faith-based organisations in the contemporary Sri Lankan context. In his …

Be Welcome: Lessons in Hospitality from Victor Hugo and Monseigneur Bienvenu Part Two

Following on from Tuesday's post, Erin Wilson writes more on how the faithful hospitality of Victor Hugo's character Monseigneur Bienvenu from Les Miserables can contribute to contemporary political issues, in particular statelessness and migration. The problem of statelessness emphasises most acutely the power imbalance that exists within global politics between the state and individuals. Hannah …

Be Welcome: Lessons in Hospitality from Victor Hugo and Monseigneur Bienvenu Part One

Erin Wilson reflects on the religious themes present within Les Miserables and how they speak to contemporary political issues. My husband and I went to see the latest film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables over the weekend. As a long time fan of the story and the musical, I have always been struck by …

The Religion Factor: A missing link in Migration Studies? Part two

In the previous post Geertje den Oudsten shared with us her experience at a Summer School on Migration in Greek this summer and challenged the idea that religion can only be used as a classifactory concept in Migration Studies. Today part two. The reality of these migratory experiences are inescapable in current-day Greece. Against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, …