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Interdisciplinary Research Symposium on Religion and Migration in Australia and the Pacific

Thursday, 7 March, 9:30 am3:30 pm AEDT


The Interdisciplinary Symposium on Religion and Migration in Australia and the Pacific aims to be a collaborative and transformative event that contributes to knowledge, fosters dialogue, and ultimately improves the way we understand and manage the complex interplay between religion and migration in this diverse and dynamic region. The Symposium will be held on 7 March 2024, 9:30 am  – 3:30 pm at the Box Hill Campus of the University of Divinity, 90 Albion Road, Box Hill, Melbourne Australia.

This symposium aims to achieve the following key objectives:

  • To facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue: To foster interdisciplinary conversations by bringing together experts from diverse fields, including religious studies, sociology, anthropology, law, migration studies, theology and cultural studies. This approach allows for a comprehensive exploration of the multifaceted relationship between religion and migration.
  • Examine regional dynamics: Explore the unique challenges, opportunities and dynamics of religiously-influenced migration in Australia and the Pacific. The symposium aims to deepen our understanding of the regional context, recognising the diverse religious landscapes and migration patterns that characterise this part of the world.
  • Promote inclusivity and diversity: Embrace a commitment to inclusivity by exploring how different religious traditions impact on the experiences of migrants and refugees. The symposium will explore how religious diversity shapes the cultural, social and economic integration of migrants in Australia and Pacific communities.
  • Addressing contemporary issues: Provide a platform to discuss contemporary issues at the intersection of religion and migration, including the impact of religious beliefs on migrant identity, the role of religious institutions in supporting migrants, and the challenges and opportunities presented by religious diversity in the migration process.

The symposium aims to bring together leading experts, researchers, and practitioners to explore emerging trends and advances in the religious shaping of migration.

The Symposium will also feature a report on the Better Neighbours Project, which investigates the narratives of integration of African migrants in Australia. This research is being conducted by Rev. Dr Titus S. Olorunnisola, Dr Alessia Passarelli (Italy) & Rev. Assoc Prof. Darrell Jackson.

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Thursday, 7 March
9:30 am–3:30 pm AEDT
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Whitley College
03 9340 8100


University of Divinity (Box Hill campus)
90 Albion Road
Box Hill, VIC 3128 Australia
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