Religion and Beliefs
Heightened mobility is a feature of our age, and is particularly prominent in Southeast Asia. Studies of mobility in the region have largely focused on the movement of people, ideas, goods and capital. However, little attention has been paid to the ways in which “regimes of mobility” may shed light on “not only movement as connection but also as an aspect of new confinements and modes of exploitation” (Glick Schiller and Salazar 2013, 8). This panel explores different forms of mobility in the context of Southeast Asian religiosity. The panel draws from case studies that include the worship of guardian spirits among diaspora Chinese in Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, the practice of a Burmese meditation technique among people in Japan, the appropriation of Catholicism, Islam and Protestantism by East Timorese, and the popularity of a Burmese divination practitioner in Buddhist Thailand. The panel ultimately seeks to contribute to debates on mobility with reference to Southeast Asian religious practices.