Religion and Migration Group
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Presiding
Monday – 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
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This papers session will explore the connections between Michelle Alexander’s analysis of mass incarceration as a system of racialized social control in The New Jim Crow and the often-ignored immigrant population caught up within the prison system. Like the African Americans that are the focus of Alexander’s examination, unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. are being incarcerated at rapidly increasing rates. Three papers will be preceded by video footage of faith-based responses to immigrant detention and followed by responses from two scholars who focus on ethics and justice in African American and Latino communities. The papers are all rooted in practice and use different methodological tools and theological starting points to reflect on their common thread. They explore ethical responses to immigration detention through the lenses of de-centering solidarity, sensual embodiment, and mysticism and freedom.
- Marie Marquardt, Emory University
When Does the Night Turn to Day? In Search of De-centering Solidarity among Detained Immigrants, Religious Workers, and Academics
- Jessica Smith, Emory University
The (Non)Sense of Detention: The Ethics of Presence in the US Immigration Debate
- Susanna Snyder, University of Texas
Looking through the Bars: Immigration Detention and the Ethics of Mysticism
Miguel A. De La Torre, Iliff School of Theology
Susanna Snyder, University of Texas
Alison R. Marshall, Brandon University
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. She is the author of 5 books, Reimagining with Christian Doctrines
co-edited with Jenny Daggers (Palgrave, forthcoming), Contemplations from the Heart
(Wipf & Stock, forthcoming), Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit
(Palgrave Pivot), The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (
and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (
She is a co-editor with Dr. Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”.