Migrant Christianity in Portugal and Italy: Comparing Catholic Goeses and Malayalis of the Syro-Malabar Rite

Principal researcher: Chiara Panizzi

Research group: Circulation and Place-Making


South Asian Christianity | Indian diaspora | Transnational practices | Gender



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This project aims to perform a comparative analysis between two Christian groups of Indian origin in a migratory context, in Portugal and Italy. This research aims to contribute to address the great absence of Christian migrant groups in the field of South Asian diaspora studies (Jacobsen 2008). The analysis of these two population groups will be made through three axes: their transnational ritual practices, the transformation of gender identities and the relationship between migrant Christian/Catholic religiosity and the institutional structures of European Catholicism. This approach to migrant communities takes a transnational perspective, examining the Transnational Ways of being, as activities and practices that migrants develop and, through which, they create and recreate connections with origin, while simultaneously adopt new ways of practicing faith, reproducing and transforming religious, social and gender identities. In this context, it is also important to understand the role of Christianity as a global and local religion.


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