The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Presents:
“Mediating Religion: Modes of Communication in Religious Contexts”
An interdisciplinary graduate student conference
April 18-19, 2014 at Indiana University, Bloomington
Keynote: Dr. Lerone Martin, Danforth Center on Religion and Politics
Text. Sound. Image. Gesture. Materials. Speech. Countless are the ways in which ideas and information can be shared, particularly given recent innovations in mass media and digital communications technologies. Turning attention to modes of communication in religious contexts, this conference will address ways in which mass media have been utilized to market religious traditions, mobilize religious groups for social change, disseminate religious knowledge, and create new forms of religious community.
The conference is not, however, limited to contemporary contexts. It seeks to examine ways in which modes of communication—in any form—mediate religious thought, experience, and interaction in the world, based upon data from any time period, geographic region, or religious tradition. The conference thus encourages paper proposals that engage in diverse theoretical frameworks, employ interdisciplinary methodologies, and elucidate perspectives on contemporary as well as historical contexts.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Mass media, new communications technologies, social media
- Visual and material culture in religious contexts
- Performance as communication
- Rhetoric and speech
- Pedagogy and the impartation of religious knowledge
- Prayer, mediation, and human-sacred communications
- Prophecies, dreams, oracles, possessions, visions, glossolalia
- Proselytism, missions, and cross-cultural encounter
- Text, interpretation, hermeneutics
- Prescriptive guidelines for interpersonal interactions
- Language and translation
Please submit proposals as .docx attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 3, 2014.
Proposals must include the following: 1) Presenter’s name, departmental and institutional affiliation, 2) Paper title, 3) 250-300 word abstract, 4) 1-2 page CV, 5) Any potential A/V needs.
Applicants will be notified by January 13, 2014. Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes.
Joe Bartlett and Emily Stratton
Indiana University, Bloomington
230 Sycamore Hall
Office Phone: (812) 855-3531
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