AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit provides a multidisciplinary forum for exploring the intersections between media and religion. Areas of interest include the participation of religion in digital culture, mediation of religion, the interplay between religious and media communities and between religious and media practices, and the significance of both media and religion in the transformation of religious structures and practices.
The Religion, Media, and Culture Unit invites individual presentations, paper/multimedia research presentation sessions, and roundtable proposals on the following themes:
• Surveillance and Community (for a co-sponsored session with the Study of Islam)
• Pedagogy and Scholarship in a Post-Truth Age
• Media, Religion, and the Cult of Personality
• Religion in Virtual and Augmented Realities (for a co-sponsored session with Video Gaming and Religion)
• Religion, Media, and the Most Vulnerable: Media and/as Resistance, New Media Entrepreneurship, etc.
• Judaism, spirituality, secularism, gender and/or sexuality in the television series "Transparent"
• Animals in the Media (for a co-sponsored session with Animals and Religion)
Note: We strongly prefer papers that include audio/visual media and ask that proposals make use of media clear. We are also particularly interested in session proposals and presentations that break from traditional paper-reading formats. We encourage panels that propose innovative ways to develop collaborative conversation, especially those that allow for timely analysis of current events.