ODID DPhil Students Win TORCH Competition for Conference on Faith and Migration

10 February, 2014

Two ODID doctoral students, Alejandro Olayo-Méndez and Paul J. Kellner, were part of a team that has won a competition to coordinate an Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference sponsored by the Oxford Humanities Division through the Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).  

They were one of two teams to win the competition from 25 proposals. 

The conference on “Migration, Faith, and Action: Shifting the Discourse” will take place on 8-9 May 2014 and explore two themes:

  • Faith: What discourses do faith traditions provide surrounding migration?
  • Action: What is the role of faith communities and faith-based organizations in the complex landscape of migration?

A requirement of the competition was that conferences be interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary in design and scope (within the humanities or between sciences/social sciences).  

Other members of the team were Lena Wettach, a doctoral student in Anthropology who graduated last year from the MSc in Migration Studies, and Robert Heimburger, a doctoral student in Theology whose dissertation explores the intersection between theology and migration in the US context.

Find out more about the competition.