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[ecrea] CFP: Crossroads of Civilizations: Media, Religion and Culture

Wed Oct 26 07:27:32 GMT 2011

The International Conference

Crossroads of Civilizations: Media, Religion and Culture

July 8-12, 2012

Anadolu University

Eskisehir, TURKEY

(in between Istanbul and Ankara)

Deadline for paper, panel, workshop, and roundtable proposals: January 31,

The International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture, organized
every two years by the International Society for Media, Religion, and
Culture, invites papers for its July 8-12, 2012 conference to be held in
Eskisehir, Turkey (outside of Istanbul), at Anadolu University.

In contemporary societies, electronic media such as smart mobile phones,
satellite television, radio, and laptop computers have become ubiquitous.
Although historians point out that world religions have always been mediated
by culture in some way, people have incorporated these electronic media into
everyday practices, and industries and state organizations have arisen to
profit from those practices, in ways that are unprecedented. Today's media
can connect people and ideas with one another, but they also foster
misunderstandings and reinforce societal divisions. They may provide the
means for the centralization of religious authority, or the means to
undermine it. Scholars of religion, as well as scholars of media and of
culture, must consider how these various societal institutions of the media
interact with one another and with systems of religion, governance, and
cultural practices, as our societies demand better means by which to
understand emergent concerns in an increasingly interconnected, globalized

The contemporary location of Turkey has long been the meeting place between
Eastern and Western culture, religion, trade, and communication. This
conference provides a crossroads for scholars, doctoral students, media
professionals, and religious leaders from a variety of religious and secular
traditions to meet and exchange ideas. Interdisciplinary scholarship is
welcome, as is comparative work, theoretical development, and in-depth
ethnographic studies that shed light on contemporary phenomena at the
intersection of media, religion, and culture.

Papers, panels, workshops, and roundtable proposals could address, but
should not be limited to:

 * Global and Glocal Media and Religion(s)

* Mediation and Mediatization of Religion

* Media and The Boundaries of the Religious and the Secular

* Media, Power, Religion and Democracy

* Religion and Visual Expression

* Crossroads of Old/New Media and Religion

* Religion, Gender and Media

* Dialogue/Conflict: Media and Religion

* Islam and Media/ Islamic Media

* Social Media, Religion and Cultures

Information about the International Media, Religion, and Culture

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