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)
Canterbury is situated in Kent, in the South-East of England, just under an hour’s train journey from central London. Parking is limited in central Canterbury and it is recommended that delegates do not travel by car if they are able to travel by other means.
Travelling by air:
Most UK in-bound flights arrive at London Heathrow Airport. From there, it is recommended that passengers take the Piccadilly Underground Line to Kings Cross/St Pancras to catch the high speed train from St Pancras International rail station to Canterbury West station. Passengers arriving at London Gatwick airport can take an over-ground train to Canterbury West station, changing at Tonbridge station. Passengers arriving at London City airport can take the Docklands Light Railway to Stratford or Stratford International stations, and then take the high speed train to Canterbury West from Stratford International station. Depending on train connections, it is possible to travel between Heathrow and Canterbury in two and a half hours, between Gatwick and Canterbury in two hours and between London City airport and Canterbury in around an hour and forty five minutes.
Travelling by Eurostar:
The Eurostar rail service from continental Europe stops at Ashford International train station, where passengers can then connect to local train services to Canterbury West. The journey time between Ashford International and Canterbury is usually around twenty minutes.
Train services to Canterbury West station:
The fastest train service to Canterbury West station from central London is the high speed service from St Pancras International station, which is available on platforms 11-13 on the upper platform level at St Pancras. This direct train normally departs St Pancras at 40 or 42 minutes past the hour, and the journey time to Canterbury West is just under an hour. It is also possible to take the high speed train service to Dover Priory, which usually departs St Pancras at 10 or 12 minutes past the hour, and to change at Ashford International for a connecting train service to Canterbury West, for which the journey takes around an hour and twenty minutes. Staff on the high speed service are very helpful if you have any questions about your journey. When arriving at Canterbury West, it is possible to take a taxi to your accommodation or the conference centre, but the conference venue and conference hotels are generally no more than a 15 minute walk from the station.
For a map of Canterbury city centre, please click here