Migration, religion and responses by universities

Batorowicz, Krzysztof and Conwell, William (2010) Migration, religion and responses by universities. In: Migrant Security 2010: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era, 15-16 Jul 2010, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

The process of globalisation, immigration on a large scale, work in other countries and growing international education (study in other countries or students and academic exchange programs) have contributed to direct contact between various cultures, including different religions. Immigrants and international students brought to their new countries religious diversity with introduction of religions and faiths unknown to the local communities. There is a new interest in religion amongst world leaders, politicians, journalists, academics and various professional groups. The significance of religion in the twenty-first century was anticipated by some well-known figures (Andre Malraux, John Paul II). However, the fact that this eventuated so visibly and so early receives attention in the media, academic writings and the broader community. The state–church relations are continuously reconsidered in many countries and the new practices observed, commented on and widely debated. Religion has a growing role in public and political life. These developments also have an impact on universities. Even public universities in countries where the rule of separation of state and church is maintained, have been unable to ignore the religious and spiritual needs of students, staff, visitors and the broader community. This paper notes new developments in relation to religion from a global perspective. The new attitudes towards religion within universities are also analysed. Although the new current policies and practices in relation to religion are very different not only in particular countries but also between particular universities within the countries, a discussion on a more unified approach can be encouraged. Possible future options for dealing with religious and spiritual issues in practice are also partly considered in this paper.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ publication.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2011 04:35
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration; multiculturalism; religion; religious diversity; university
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200206 Globalisation and Culture
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19377

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