Religion and Media Paper Calls 12/19

Call for Papers

Religion and Media Interest Group at AEJMC 2014

The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) invites submission of research papers on topics that incorporate themes related to religion and media. RMIG will consider papers using quantitative, qualitative or historical research methods and accepts any recognized citation style (although APA is preferred). Please note that essays, commentaries, or simple literature reviews will not be considered. 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; etc. Papers focusing on historically underrepresented religions, denominations and/or groups as well as religious contexts outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged. For more about RMIG and its mission, please see
goals/. Papers will be considered for presentation as traditional research panels and poster sessions.

The maximum length of research papers is 25-pages, excluding endnotes and
tables. The Religion and Media Interest Group also sponsors a Top Paper competition for both student and faculty papers. (Note: student papers may not have a faculty co-author.) 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. In order to be considered for the Top Paper competition, please specify either a student submission or a faculty submission on the cover page of the paper. Student papers that are not clearly identified as student submissions will not be considered for the student Top Paper Competition. All paper submissions must follow the 2014 AEJMC Uniform Paper Call.

Please pay particular attention to the following section of that call:

Before submitting your paper, please make certain that all author-identifying information has been removed and that all instructions have been followed per the AEJMC uniform paper call. Papers uploaded with author’s identifying information displayed WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR REVIEW AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION. ALL AEJMC DIVISIONS, INTEREST GROUPS AND COMMISSION PAPER SUBMISSIONS WILL ABIDE BY THIS RULE WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

Questions should be submitted to the RMIG Research Chair Joel Campbell at Type “RMIG Research Paper” in the subject line when communicating via e-mail.


Elon University 2014 Media and Religion Conference

Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, 2014

The Elon School of Communications invites paper submissions and panel proposals on any aspect of media and religion for the 5th Annual Media & Religion conference to be held on the Elon University campus Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5.

There will be a Friday evening keynote speaker (TBA) and paper & panel presentations on Saturday.

Conference Topics: Papers and panels may be on any topic that considers the connection between media and religion, including interfaith issues, papers on culture and religion, the press and religion, and the intersection of faith and new or traditional media forms. Papers dealing with any faith tradition are welcomed.

Paper Guidelines: Entries must be no longer than 25 pages of text, double-spaced, in 12-point type, excluding notes. The Chicago Manual of Style is preferred, but other formats are acceptable.

Papers should be submitted electronically as an MS Word document with author identification and affiliation on a title page only. Each paper must be submitted as an attachment with a 100-word abstract and contact information in the text of the email to Professor Anthony Hatcher:

Panel Guidelines: Proposals should be submitted electronically as a 1-2 page attachment, either a PDF or MS Word document. Panel proposals should include: 1) a brief description; 2) names and affiliations of moderator and participants; 3) a brief summary of each participant’s presentation. Submit panel proposals to Professor Don A. Grady:

Submissions Deadline: Both paper and panel entries are due on FEBRUARY 14, 2014. Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the conference, which will include a Friday evening keynote address and presentations all day on Saturday. Questions? Contact Anthony Hatcher at


Elon University is located between the Triad and Triangle regions of North Carolina with easy access off of I-40/I-85. Local airports are Raleigh-Durham International and Piedmont Triad International. This event is sponsored by the Elon University School of Communications, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society.

International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

4-6 August 2014 / post-conference workshop 7 August 2014

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 biannual conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture will explore how we can understand societies in which much public encounter with religion takes place through media and in which religious life takes place through a multiplicity of mediated practices and networks. It will explore questions such as what difference do media content, aesthetics, technologies and networks make to the ways in which religion is understood and practiced? And how do we understand the nature of power in relation to these mediated networks and practices?

Keynote speakers will include Professor Jonathan Walton (Harvard), author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, Associate Professor Kathryn Lofton(Yale), author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, with an address also given by the inaugural President of the Society, Professor Stewart Hoover (Colorado).

Key information about the conference, including the call for papers which is open until 3 December 2013, registration and accommodation details and the conference programme, is available here: If you have any queries about the conference which are not answered in the information below then please email IMRC 2014.

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.

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

Proposals should be sent to Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver ( by 3 December 2013. Notification of acceptances will be sent out from 15th January 2014.

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