Religion and Media Paper Calls 9/10

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

Call for RMIG Joint Panel Proposals for the 2014 AEJMC Convention

Aloha RMIG Colleagues:

It’s not too early to think about the upcoming AEJMC Conference in Montreal, Canada on August 6-9, 2014. Due to the changes in the chip auction process, deadlines have been pushed up for the 2014 AEJMC conference. Please submit your proposal to RMIG by October 9, 2013.
Panel proposals should contain the following information:

  • Panel Title
  • Panel Type: e.g. PF&R, teaching, or research panel
  • Panel Sponsorship: Indicate which AEJMC divisions or interest groups might also be interested in co-sponsoring the panel. (Please note that while RMIG sole-sponsored panel proposals may be considered, the majority of AEJMC panels tend to be co-sponsored across divisions and interest groups to attract a higher attendance.)
  • Description of Panel: Provide a paragraph description of the key issues or subject matter to be addressed.
  • Possible Panelists: Include individuals who would be potential participants for this panel and indicate that whether you have confirmed that participation with them. It’s not necessary to have all potential panelists listed.
  • Possible Moderator
  • Contact Person:  Include your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number as the contact person for this panel proposal.

Please send proposals to both Myna Germans ( and Chiung Hwang Chen ( by October 9. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. (Attached is the form needed to propose panels.)


Chiung Hwang Chen

BYU Hawaii




Dear Colleagues,

A leading academic publisher has contracted a two-volume series entitled “The Electronic Church in the Digital Age: Cultural Impacts of Evangelical Mass Media.” As general editor, I am calling for chapter authors.

Volume 1 explores how evangelical mass media (radio, TV, online) shapes and reproduces the U.S. evangelical subculture. Volume 2 explores how evangelical mass media impact the surrounding U.S. culture and its institutions.

Some chapters for Volume 1 have been assigned, but others–including several chapters on radio, TV, and online media–need authors. These chapters investigate the role that evangelical mass media play as the subculture constructs identity, community, and the Other.

For Volume 2, we call for authors who will:

(1) research and report what evangelical broadcasters and media organizations today are actually saying about, and how they critique, a given U.S. institution;

(2) analyze these evangelical media organizations’ critiques through some recognized approach (of your choice) to media criticism; and thereby

(3) inform scholars and educated general readers not only what evangelical media are saying, but also how media criticism can aid our understanding of what is said.

Authors are needed to write chapters on how evangelical mass media critique:

the role of religion in public life
other (non-evangelical) Christians
other world religions
the role of government
economic issues
social issues
the family

Both established and new scholars are welcome. Chapters are projected at about 8,000 words and not due until May or early summer. If interested in writing for Volume 1 or 2, please contact Mark Ward at


Mark Ward Sr, PhD
Assistant Professor of Communication
University of Houston-Victoria
School of Arts & Sciences
3007 North Ben Wilson
Victoria, Texas 77901
Phone: 361.570.4256


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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Call for Papers: Console-ing Passions

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:

Follow us on twitter @CPMissouri2014

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


Call for Panelists: ECA

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


Upcoming Conference

The Image and the Word

Forum4:15  | September 26-27, 2013 | Spring Arbor University

This conference includes both live and virtual presentations.

Forum4:15 explores the relationship between motive and message (Ephesians 4:15). The conference is hosted by the graduate program in communication at Spring Arbor University and held on the campus of the University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.  It begins Thursday evening and ends Saturday at noon.

The theme of the 2013 conference is The Image and the Word.

This year Forum4:15 features Terry Lindvall, the C.S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College and Quentin Schultze, Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair and Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College.

This conference invites both virtual and live presentations and papers by faculty and students exploring all aspects of visual communication, including the tension between an image-driven postmodern culture and a “People of the Book.”

Presentations are not limited to cinema.  Discussions of still photography, comics, graphics, tattoos and other visual forms including theater are welcome, as are studies of the effects of visual communication on literacy, faith and communication.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes and will be grouped by media or topic whenever possible. Panels will have 45 minutes.  Presentations will be conducted on the Go-To-Meeting webinar platform.  A brief training session will be required for virtual presenters.

Please contact Dr. Metts ( for any information about this conference, our e-forum, or our graduate program.

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