“Religion and the Trans” explores the emergent understanding of boundaries as permeable and transformative – whether they are geographic, political, social, or intellectual.  It is about the “the trans” as a fertile space within lived religions.

Instead of studying borders solely as lines that demarcate the boundaries between nations or beliefs, we have begun to understand them as sites of movement and flux.  Borders are home to dynamic relationships where conflict and collaboration often coexist.

A striking contemporary example of this was the “Arab Spring” of early 2011, wherein a series of protests and political transformations across the Middle East demonstrated clearly how divisions of faith, ethnicity and nationality can be conduits of change as much as limiting constraints.