Religion and Media Paper Calls 8/21/13

Below you’ll find a series of calls for religion and media related papers:


I am putting together a panel on dissent in religion, labor, and politics (and wherever else) for ECA. There is room for two more panelists. If interested, please contact me:

David R. Dewberry, Ph.D.
Editor, First Amendment Studies


Call for Papers: Media, Religion and Culture in a Networked World

A Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture

Conference Location: Canterbury, U.K.
Conference dates: August 4-8, 2014
Deadline for Paper proposals: December 3, 2013
Notification of acceptances: January 15, 2013

Over the past decade the study of media, religion and culture has broadened out from interests in media representation to thinking about the religious uses and aesthetics of media, the significance of media for religion in public life, and the role of media technologies for new forms of religious life and practice. Building on this, the conference will explore how we can understand societies in which much public encounter with religion takes place through media and in which diverse religious lives are lived through a multiplicity of mediated networks. What difference do media content, aesthetics, technologies and networks make to the ways in which religion is understood, practiced and engaged? How do we understand the nature of power in relation to these mediated networks and practices?

The conference will explore these issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives, bringing together scholars in media studies, religious studies, international studies, the anthropology and sociology of religion, history, the study of literature and public policy. This is the biennial meeting of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture, which, since its first meeting in 1996, has become the leading international conference for the discussion of research in this field.

We are accepting paper proposals of up to 350 words; panel proposals (which must include paper titles, 150 word abstracts for each paper, and names and titles of four participants plus a moderator/respondent); and proposals for exhibitions and/or workshops of up to 350 words.  Sessions will be 1½ hours in length.  The conference will also feature as a keynote speaker Professor Jonathan Walton of Harvard, author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism. Plans also include a banquet with an address from Inaugural Society President Stewart M. Hoover, and plenary panels involving well-known contributors in this area.

Some of the questions that may be addressed in paper, panel, workshop, or exhibition proposals include:

•       The role of media in shaping religious and cultural understandings
•       Emergent networks of meaning, religion, and power
•       Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and media
•       The role of religious and humanitarian organizations in cross-national justice and media initiatives
•       Media and human rights
•       Media, religion, and authority
•       Religious conflict and media representation
•       Religion and film
•       Growing up multi-cultural and multi-religious in a mediated world
•       Religion, globalization and cosmopolitanism
•       The role of media in the emergence of global religious and cultural movements
•       Diasporic media and transnational religious communities
•       Media, religion and global politics
•       The mediatization of religion
•       Religion, media, and the global marketplace

The conference will be held at the Cathedral Lodge conference centre in Canterbury in the United Kingdom. Canterbury is an attractive town with many buildings dating to the medieval period, and parts of which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Canterbury has good transport links to airports in the London area as well as the Eurostar train service to continental Europe.

Proposals for individual papers, panels, workshops and exhibitions should be sent to:

Lynn Schofield Clark, Professor, University of Denver, Conference Program Planner and Vice President, International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture:

Details about registration and housing for the conference will be uploaded on the conference webpage (link to URL), and queries may be sent to the conference convenor, Professor Gordon Lynch, University of Kent:
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April 10-12, 2014, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Keynote speaker: Angela McRobbie, Professor of Communication, Goldsmiths, University of London

Founded by a group of feminist media scholars and artists in 1989, Console-ing Passions held its first official conference at the University of Iowa in 1992. Since that time, Console-ing Passions has become the leading international scholarly network for feminist research in television, video, audio, and new media.

The 2014 conference invites individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and workshops that consider the breadth of feminist issues on television, video, audio, and new media. We seek proposals that address the broader aims of Console-ing Passions: gender, race and ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, class, and (dis)ability.

Possible topics include:
*media production and industries
*media audiences and fans
*textual analysis and criticism
*gaming and virtual worlds
*feminist and queer theory
*neoliberalism and the economy
*transmedia and convergence culture
*music and sound studies
*transnational cultural flows
*history and theory of media
*social media and the Internet
*theories of post-television
*social movements and media activism
*religion and media
*youth culture and media

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (Central) on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Please submit all proposals to:

Individual Papers: Individuals submitting paper proposals should provide an abstract of 250 words, a short bio, and contact information.

Pre-Constituted Panel Proposals: Panel coordinators should submit a 200-word rationale for the panel as whole. For each contributor, please submit a 250-word abstract, a short bio, and contact information. Panels that include a diversity of panelist affiliations and experience levels are strongly encouraged. Panels should include 3-4 papers.

Workshop Proposals: We seek workshop ideas that focus on scholarly issues in the field and matters of professionalization. Topics might include: media activism; mentoring; the job market; digital networking; workplace politics; teaching; tenure and promotion; publishing; etc. Coordinators should submit a 350-word rationale (including some discussion of why the topic lends itself to a workshop format), a short bio, and contact information. For each workshop participant, please submit a title, short bio, and contact information. Workshops are intended to encourage discussion; contributors should plan on a series of brief, informal presentations.

Screening Proposals: We invite proposals for video, audio, and new media screenings. Proposals should consist of a 350-word abstract (including the length and format of the work), a short bio of the producer/director, and contact information. If the work is viewable online, please submit a url.

Please visit our website for information about events, schedules, travel information, and more. Please direct all questions about the conference and the submission process to:

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Conference Organizers: Melissa A. Click, Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz, Julie Passanante Elman, Holly Willson Holladay, Hyunji Lee, and Amanda Nell Edgar

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