Religious Studies


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, this conference 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, and 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).

The conference programme can now be download in PDF format from here. Abstracts for conference papers are also available for download in the following three separate files:

Conference registration and accommodation

The registration fee for this conference includes lunch each day as well as the conference dinner on the Wednesday evening. Registration fees for the main conference will be £220, (£190 for postgraduate researchers). The registration fee for the post-conference workshop will be £60 (£40 for postgraduate researchers). Registration for the conference is now closed and no further registrations can be accepted.

Delegates are asked to make their own bookings for overnight accommodation during the conference. Discounted rates have been agreed with some city centre hotels and more details on available accommodation and how to book this can be downloaded from here.

If you have any queries about registration or accommodation please email IMRC 2014.


Religious Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 827159 or email Religious Studies

Last Updated: 31/07/2014