Amidst the arrival of many millions of asylum seekers in Europe since 2015, a significant number have based their asylum claim on fear of religious persecution following a conversion to Christianity in their country of origin, in transit, or their host country. In this workshop, we would like to draw together those who research the connection between asylum and conversion to Christianity across different jurisdictions and from different disciplines (e.g. law, anthropology, sociology, socio-legal studies, religious studies, theology, geography) in order to share insights and questions, and build networks across our research field. We also welcome contributions from practitioners (e.g. pastors, lawyers, interpreters, judges).

If you are interested to participate, please submit an abstract detailing your planned contribution (fitting with the themes identified in the Call for Papers below) in max. 300 words, as well as a short biography, by 31 March 2022 to lena.rose@csls.ox.ac.uk.


‘Asylum Adjudications on the Basis of Religious Conversion’ in Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, E. and A. Rowlands (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Religion and Contemporary Migration (OUP 2022).


‘What is truth? – negotiating Christian convert asylum seekers’ credibility’ Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (with Z. Given-Wilson; eds. S. Fiske, D. Massey, I. Varie-Lavoisier).

NOV, 2021

Lena Rose discusses asylum and conversion on BBC4 World at One and Radio 4 Sunday Programme.


‘What is truth? – negotiating the credibility of religious conversion of asylum seekers in German courts’, Cognition and Migration Workshop 2020, 16 Dec 2020, online.


‘What is truth? – negotiating the credibility of religious conversion of asylum seekers in German courts’, Civil and Administrative Justice Cluster Workshop, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Centre, University of Oxford, 25 Nov 2020, online.


Refugee Status Determination on the basis of fear of religious persecution in cases of religious conversion of asylum seekers in Germany, France, and the UK’, Workshop ‘Recognizing Refugees’ by Prof Cathryn Costello, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Berlin, 12 December 2019.


What Kind of Christianity? A v Switzerland ‘ (2018) 7 Oxford Journal of Law and Religion 543 [Case Note, with D. Thebault]

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