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:
- Papers to be presented on Monday 4th August (PDF)
- Papers to be presented on Tuesday 5th August (PDF)
- Papers to be presented on Wednesday 6th August (PDF)
The main conference and post-conference workshop will be held at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge conference centre, which is situated in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral in the heart of the city.
Lunch will be provided at the conference venue for both the main conference and the post-conference workshop, and there will be a conference dinner on the Wednesday night of the main conference. Other evening meals are not covered by the conference fee, and delegates will have the chance either to sign up to join a group meal at a local restaurant when arriving at the registration desk on Monday 4th August or to make their own arrangements. There is a wide range of good cafes and restaurants within easy walking distance of the conference venue.