Conference on Migration, Religion, and Asia, November 27-29, 2014

Conference details:

Organiser: EU project CHINET, reg. no. CZ1.07/2.3.00/20.0152, Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology & Department of Asian Studies, Palacký University Olomouc

Conference dates: November 27 -29, 2014

Conference venue: Arts Centre (Konvikt) and Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic (map)

Conference language: English



The map of the conference venue can be downloaded HERE

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Martin Baumann, University of Lucerne: Generational Change of Religious Practices and Ideas among Asian Immigrants: Modelling and Interpreting Shifts among Hindus and Buddhists in Switzerland
  • Professor Eileen Barker, London School of Economics and Political Science: Here, There and/or Anywhere? Minority Religions and their Migration of In and Out of Britain
  • Professor Robert Segal, University of Aberdeen: Religious Migration and Diffusion

Special guests:

  • Doctor Miyama Ryo, Daito Bunka University Community College: Usage of Paper Offerings in Taiwanese Folk Religion
  • Doctor Aike P. Rots, University College Cork: Global Shinto? Invention and Spread of a "Nature Religion"

The issues concerning both religiosity and migration have been discussed by scholars across different academic disciplines for a long time. Various theoretical and methodological tools are utilized to approach both of these social phenomena. In our symposium we focus particularly on religion and migration in the global age, while drawing attention to Asia and the role it plays in related processes. It is our intention to provide a space for a highly elaborated academic discussion on these processes.

Dealing with migration, the current debate examines not only the human and subject transmission, but also the delocalization of values, thoughts and practices, a part of which is religion. Religious transformations in the contemporary world can be also regarded as one of the impacts of global migration processes.

This conference call seeks papers engaged in empirical, theoretical and methodological research in the study of religions, migration and Asian studies that address the following themes:

  • Religion and Migration Processes
  • Religion in the Globalized World
  • Religion and Acculturation
  • Migration and Development
  • Migration in the Globalized World
  • Migration and the Role of Religion
  • Religious and Migration Processes in Asia
  • Globalizing Asia and Religion
  • Chinese Overseas

Important deadlines:

Abstract submission is now closed.


Presentation guidelines

  • Please observe the time allotted for your presentation
  • Keynote and special guest lectures: 45 minutes for presentation, 15 minutes for discussion
  • Other presentations: up to 20 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for discussion
  • Each room is provided with a laptop & beamer (data projector). For MAC users: we recommend you to provide Windows compatible files! Please make sure your presentation will run on the PC

Conference fees:

This conference is free of charge. Participants will cover all their personal costs, including transportation, accommodation, visas, etc. Our staff can provide you with an invitation letter for embassies if necessary.

How to get to the conference venue

Both Arts Centre Konvikt and Faculty of Arts are located within short walking distance in the city centre.

To get to the Faculty of Arts from the train station take the tram No. 1 or No. 7 from the terminal in front of the train station building (“Hlavní nádraží” station) to the station “Tržnice” (5 minutes ride, 3 stops, 14 CZK ticket).

About the City of Olomouc

Olomouc is the capital of the region of Central Moravia and belongs to the oldest cities in the Czech Republic. The region is distinguished for its agriculture, industry and beautiful countryside, as well as its historical and cultural traditions. The city dates back to the ninth century, when it was a power centre of the Great Moravian Kingdom, the oldest Slavonic state. Today Olomouc has over 100,000 inhabitants and its long history makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic, mainly due to its well preserved historical inner city (after Prague, second largest in the Czech Republic).

About Palacký University Olomouc

Olomouc is a charming historical university city situated in the eastern part of Czech Republic. Palacký University Olomouc is on of the oldest universities in Central Europe. Drawing on more than a 400-year tradition of higher education, it is nowadays an important centre for reaching and research with almost 23,000 undergraduate students in eight faculties. You can find more details about the city and the University on the following web pages:

About conference venue

The Baroque building of the former Jesuit College is one of the oldest parts of the university in Olomouc. After and exacting renovation of a grand scale, Palacký University Olomouc now owns a spacious historical building with many original rooms and halls. Five fine art departments of the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Education have since gained new lecture halls, fine art studios, recording studios, representative conference halls for international venues, and rooms for its students and teachers. The historical centre of Olomouc now has another centre for culture and the arts. For more details, visit:

Practical information about traveling to Olomouc and accommodation can be found here.

For other inquiries, please contact us at the e-mail:

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