ALUMNI HOUR | Angie Heo (University of Chicago’s Divinity School): “The Christian Right and Refugee Rights in South Korea”

  • Date: Oct 26, 2021
  • Time: 16:00 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Angie Heo (University of Chicago’s Divinity School)
  • Angie Heo is Assistant Professor of the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. Her first book is The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt (University of California Press, 2018).
  • Location: Zoom Meeting
ALUMNI HOUR | Angie Heo (University of Chicago’s Divinity School): “The Christian Right and Refugee Rights in South Korea”

The first “Alumni Hour” of the MMG will take place on Tuesday 26 October at 16 o’clock. Angie Heo (MPI-MMG 2012-2015) will be our first guest and will talk about her recent research project, “The Christian Right and Refugee Rights in South Korea”, as well as her career development experience since leaving MPI-MMG.

For more details please contact alumni(at)mmg.mpg.de.


The research project examines how the language and logics of the Christian Right in South Korea drove the rapid propagation of anti-asylum sentiment during the Yemeni refugee crisis in 2018. By analyzing the Christian Right’s historical origins in anti-communism and its moral opposition to anti-discrimination law, it shows how the anti-asylum movement owed much of its support to a conservative Protestant view of international refugee rights through the lens of minority rights at home. Ultimately, it argues that overlaps between state and religious imaginaries on the grounds of anti-communism help to explain what conservative Protestants perceived to be at stake in the Yemeni migrants’ claims: not only a literal, physical border but a series of long-standing and highly charged battles over boundaries in both political and spiritual registers.


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