Religion, Immigrants, Health and other Issues: Challenges and the Way Forward, September 27-29, 2012


Religious Studies

Call for Papers



Religion, Immigrants, Health and other Issues: Challenges and the Way Forward


September 27-29, 2013,

 Greenville, NC 27858



As immigrants migrate to industrialized worlds, they are confronted by numerous challenges. African, Middle Eastern and Asian immigrants are noted to be particularly confronted with challenge such as female genital cutting, honor killings, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, human trafficking, amongst a host of social issues. Some have turned to religion for recourse.  What policy issues do they confront?  What cultural, political and religious factors are involved?  Conveners would like to invite scholars, researchers, academics, students and leaders from around the world to gather for an informative discussion of these important issues.  This Interdisciplinary International Conference (IIC) seeks to highlight various issues that immigrants face in industrialized countries.


Organized and hosted by the Religious Studies Program, and affiliate programs at East Carolina University. The conference will be held on September 27 – 29, 2013, East Carolina University, Greenville NC, 27858.


The focus of the conference is to draw attention on the role of the humanities and social science in health care and general development. Papers are invited from experienced scholars and researchers as well as graduate students. The conference organizers will also accept relevant panels, and poster sessions.



Conference papers should fall within the following sub-themes:

  1. Religion & Immigrants
  2. Domestic Violence
  3. Female Genital Cutting
  4. HIV / AIDS
  5. Human Trafficking
  6. Honor Killings
  7. Religion and Health Policies
  8. Health & Human Rights
  9. Clerics on immigrants’ health
  10. Minority communities and Religion


Abstract Submission

Submit your abstract to the convening committee by March 15, 2013.  Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be in the following format: 12 point Times New Roman, Single Spaced and in APA referencing style. Top, bottom, left and right margins should be one (1) inch each.  Soft copy should be saved as a word file (Ms Word 2003 format or Rich Text Format). The abstract should include This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to vfull contact details (title, name, address, email-address, and telephone) as well as institutional affiliation. Papers presented at the conference will be published in edited volumes.



Abstract SubmissionMarch 15, 2013

Complete Papers –        July 15, 2013


Registration Fees

Register by Aug. 15 Regular attendants  US$100
Register by Aug, 15 Students  US$ 40
 On Site Registration Regular Attendants US$150
  Students US$50
Clergy   US$80


Send registration fees to:

Conference Convener,

The first International Conference on Religion and Immigrants and Health.

Religious Studies Program,

East Carolina University

Fifth Street, Brewster Building –A327 Greenville, NC 27858-4353


Send abstracts and full papers to:

Prof. Mary Nyangweso



About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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