Day: August 4, 2009

the difficult task of naming

nametag_smlNames are important. Naming the animals was one of the first jobs given to man. Naming a child is one of the first tasks of the new parent. In one of my favourite books, The Wizard of Earthsea, (and probably a few other fantasy novels besides) the true name of a person or thing is a source of great power.

So, the task here is not insignificant: I need help coming up with a name for my draft PhD project proposal. Here’s how the synopsis reads at the moment:

I will investigate the interplay between Christian identity and national identity in constructing a sense of place among migrants in a new host country. Specifically, I will conduct research among migrant Christians from Commonwealth countries living in Britain and examine their local, international and transnational  connections with people and places that have, for them, spiritual significance. I intend to conduct research with migrant churches focusing on how the way they think about nation, place and theology impact their faith communities and their interactions with other faith communities in a new host country.
The objective of this research is to better understand how to encourage uses of place that build on the strengths and commonalities we share in diverse communities to create a more inclusive society, and how to acknowledge and celebrate difference while remaining in community. That is, to understand how to live grounded lives that seek not to ignore difference (either by pretending it does not exist, or demanding that it be erased) but to acknowledge it and strive creatively towards shared community.

 I look forward to your suggestions in the comments section…