2019 call for papers deadline is April 1

The Religion and Media Interest Group invites submission of research papers on topics that incorporate themes related to religion and media. RMIG’s goal is to enhance theoretical development in the study of the interface between media and religion through the production of rigorous, high-quality research that fosters understanding. The interest group promotes the study of media and religion within the context of the overall mission of AEJMC, which emphasizes scholarship, teaching and professional freedom and responsibility.

Possible areas of research focus include (but are not limited to):

  • Studies of religious group members and uses of religious or secular media
  • Exploration of media coverage of religious issues and groups; analysis of audiences for religious news
  • Media strategies of religious organizations
  • Religious advertising
  • Religious and spiritual content in popular culture

Papers focusing on historically underrepresented religions, denominations and/or groups as well as religious contexts outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged. Please note that essays, commentaries, or simple literature reviews will not be considered.

Papers will be considered for presentation as traditional research panels and poster sessions. RMIG will consider papers using quantitative, qualitative or historical research methods and accepts any recognized citation style, although APA is preferred. The maximum length for research papers is 25 pages, excluding endnotes and tables.

The Religion and Media Interest Group sponsors a Top Paper competition for both student and faculty papers. The top student and faculty papers will be awarded $100 each, with the second-place student and faculty papers receiving $50 each. Co-authors will split the monetary awards, but each will receive a plaque. The awards will not be given if the selected papers are not presented at the conference. To be considered for the Top Paper competition, please specify on the cover page of the paper whether it is a faculty or student submission. Student papers that are not clearly identified as student submissions will not be considered for the student Top Paper Competition. Student papers may not have a faculty co-author.

All paper submissions must follow formatting and procedures in the 2019 AEJMC Uniform Paper Call. Please pay particular attention to the following section of that call:

Papers uploaded with author’s identifying information will not be considered for review and will automatically be disqualified from the competition. All AEJMC divisions, interest groups and commission paper submissions must abide by this rule without exception.

All authors should carefully check their manuscripts for self-identifying information of any kind prior to submission. Paper submitters should try to submit at least 48 hours before the deadline so they can check to make sure that the uploaded document does not contain any self-identifying information in its properties. This can happen sometimes, mysteriously, via “save as pdf” or as a result of some other technical issue. An early submission will allow individuals to fully check submissions as they are entered into the system so that a resubmission prior to the deadline is possible.

Questions should be submitted to the RMIG Research Chair Brian J. Bowe at brianj.bowe@wwu.edu. Type “RMIG Research Paper” in the subject line when communicating via e-mail. For more about RMIG and its mission, please see http://www.religionandmedia.org/our-mission-and-goals/.

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