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Message posted on 11/06/2020

Call for papers


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Interdisciplinary approaches in Religion, Migration and Image


The TRAMA Interdisciplinary Journal is a fully peer reviewed, = open-access, Brazilian publication of the Department of Education, Art = and History of Culture - Mackenzie University (Brazil). It=E2=80=99s a = biannual Journal for the purpose of advancing scholarship in the = interdisciplinary studies that publishes original research articles, = reports and book reviews that reflect the wide variety of research being = carried out by scholars of social sciences in all countries.

The Journal invites submissions from all academic disciplines in the = humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to sociology, = anthropology, history, education, and visual arts. Articles will be = considered on the topic that bears upon Religion, Migration and Visual = Studies. Papers in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French will be = accepted.


All submissions should be formatted according to the Chicago Manual of = Style.

Contact for queries and submissions should be emailed to the Journal = co-Editor, Dr. Suzana Coutinho, at suzana.coutinho@mackenzie.br =


Journal URL: http://editorarevistas.mackenzie.br/index.php/tint =

Deadline submission: 01/08/2020.=20


The scenario of international migration is challenging for many reasons. = The elaboration of different identities in migratory contexts and = cultural specificities entail political and cultural problems and brings = light to the confrontation between plural and homogeneous conceptions of = society.

It is necessary to keep in mind that, within this context, there are = different typologies that end up composing a mixed picture of migration = processes, reflected even in their theoretical elaboration. Categories = such as migrants, displaced, refugees, exiles, travelers, illegal end up = becoming "labels" that "prioritizes the world system and the labor = demand" (Santos, Petrus and Loureiro, 2014, p. 11) in an approach that = especially emphasizes the economic and political aspects of the = migration process. And if there is a multitude of categories and = theoretical elaborations around the migration processes (for more, see = Durand and Lussi, 2015), the same multiplicity is seen in the = elaboration of identity.

The current debate offers new paradigms, where the discussion is not = limited to an identity, but the multiple identities: personal, social, = symbolic, ethnical, religious. When dealing with multiple identities, we = are focusing the attention primarily to the aspect of religion. We = cannot discuss the issue of migration without taking into account the = religious aspect of these immigrants. Religion cannot be understood in = this context as merely one aspect (among others) in the lives of = immigrants; it encompasses everything. The immigrant faith affects their = everyday interaction with non-immigrants, shape the future of these = immigrants in the social context and influences society in addition to = its own presence in a particular social context. In other words, "to = understand the immigrants, one must understand their faith. More, to = understand social change in societies composed of immigrants, we cannot = disregard the religion of these immigrants "(Connor 2014, p 5). As = people move, so do their gods. Religion can play an important role in = their decision making, =E2=80=9Chow they meaningfully understand their = migration journey, and who helps them get established in the destination = country=E2=80=9D. Consequently, an immigrant faith is a moving faith, a = changing faith. (Connor 2014, p. 9).

In such a turbulent social context, the image reveals to be a relevant = analytical instrument / resource for understanding the proposed = phenomenon. How to understand the relationship between visibility, the = political and the religious in the public discourse on migration? How = can we visually represent people who are barred from their political = representation rights and how can these visual representations gain = political momentum? We agree with K=C3=B6hn (2016) that the concept of = migration is imminently iconic, and this applies not only to those who = fall under the category of =E2=80=9Cillegal=E2=80=9D. This public = perception on the theme is deeply shaped by media representations (Kohn, = 2016, p. 4). In this sense, images have become an integral and relevant = part of the process of regulating migratory policies: images help to = produce the categories of =E2=80=9Clegality=E2=80=9D and = =E2=80=9Cillegality=E2=80=9D, they reinforce stereotypes and mobilize = political convictions.=

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