Migration and the Hebrew Bible: A Pasifikation, in solidarity for West Papua

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The "Pasifika-tion" of migration and the Hebrew Bible uses the Sorong-Samarai movement to analyze issues (home, hospitality, disruption, invasion) and narratives (Ruth, Jonah) in the Hebrew Bible that involves migration. The Sorong-Samarai movement is currently underway (though mostly underground) in Papua, aimed to revive the connections between indigenous West Papua (under occupation by Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea. The movement will host a migration (using the Wairon from Nusi, Biak) from Sorong (western tip of West Papua) to Samarai (eastern tip of PNG) later in 2018, giving interested features to the "stuff of migration": that migration is for the purpose of re-connecting (people and cultures), opposing (empires and colonialism) and establishing solidarity (with other Pasifika lands under occupation). Attention will also be given to other realities in Pasifika (esp. climate [in]justice, development, militarization) and their place in the crossing of migration and the Hebrew Bible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and migration
Subtitle of host publicationNegotiating hospitality, agency and vulnerability
EditorsAndrea Bieler, Isolde Karle, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Ilona Nord
Place of PublicationLeipzig
PublisherEvangelische Verlagsanstalt GmbH
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783374061327
ISBN (Print)9783374061310
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2019


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