The Research Group is interested in the ways in which groups, communities and nations in Asia create or reshape religious traditions as means of political and social mobilization, claiming rights and recognition, legitimizing peace or conflict, crisis management, and as sources of identity, including gendered identities. The members’ research contributes to knowledge on socio-cultural dynamics, and gender and religion in Asia. In this regard the Group offers interdisciplinary approaches based on the common premise of studying religions as spaces of social interactions. These spaces may be highly localized, national or increasingly and importantly so, transnational. Hence, the Group works with definitions of Asia that extends beyond the geographical region to include Asian populations both at home and in the diaspora, and the transnational processes in which these populations are involved.