Rel03
In search of faith: itinerant religiosities and negotiated moralities in Asia

Convenors:
Sin Wen Lau (University of Otago)
Bernardo Brown (Division of Arts and Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University)
Chair:
Sin Wen Lau
Discussant:
Philip Taylor
Stream:
Religiosities
Location:
Old Arts-156
Start time:
3 December, 2015 at 11:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel explores the religious innovations of migration trajectories in Asia through a focus on how different religious communities interpret religious commitments, grapple with alternative moralities and refashion narratives of displacement.

Long abstract:

Religious observance in a foreign country is not merely an effort to uphold traditional values and to connect to the homeland, it is an important way of negotiating alternative moralities, generating new meanings, re-signifying the experience of migration, and increasingly, extending the global reach of formerly regionally bounded religious traditions. This panel aims to unpack the religious innovations of migration trajectories. We focus on understanding how religious communities in Asia pursue their religiosity when unfastened from local settings, and explore what spatial displacements do to religious experiences, practices and duties, and how the affective dimensions of migration are addressed by old and new religious commitments. In doing so, this panel examines the multiple ways in which migrant communities negotiate new and old moralities and how these activities factor in the quality of the migratory experience.