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.
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Religion, Media, and Culture Unit
Call for Proposals
The Religion, Media, and Culture Unit invites individual presentations, paper/multimedia research presentation sessions, and roundtable proposals on the following themes:
--Mediating hope and the future: as we emerge from a year full of apocalyptic scenarios real and imagined, is there any cause for hope? How is hope and/or the future mediated, and what does religion have to do with it?
--Unlikely/unexpected mediations and/or new ways of conceptualizing mediation in relation to religion: sensational forms, material religion, the body, etc.
--Mobile phones and self-surveillance: technologies of self-management and outsourcing life to apps and algorithms with lifestyle apps, bible-reading/prayer/meditation apps, biometrics, contact tracing, etc.
--Cancel culture: how is it mediated through various lenses including religion? What is the role of digital media & authorities in cancel culture?
--Hate mail/male: toxic masculinity, religion, and digital media. How does toxic masculinity marginalize particular groups and intersect with race/ethnicity, citizenship, sexuality, and gender?
--For a possible co-sponsored session with the Religious Conversions unit, we seek individual papers or complete panels that investigate conversion and proselytization by means of digital media, whether by examining change of religious self-identity primarily or exclusively due to online/electronic/virtual means (e.g., social media, religious institutions’ websites, gaming sites) or proselytization through on-line, electronic or virtual media (e.g., not “in-person” proselytization).
--For a possible co-sponsored session with the Critical Approaches to Religion and Hip-Hop unit, we seek individual papers or complete panels that investigate Race, Religion, and Rap in the Digital Age
RMC is committed to diversity and inclusivity. Pre-arranged panels should reflect gender and racial/ethnic diversity as well as diversity of field, method, and scholarly rank as appropriate. 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.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Elonda Clay, Vrije University Amsterdam1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Margarita Simon Guillory, Boston University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Dheepa Sundaram, University of Denver1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Rachel Wagner, Ithaca College1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Kayla Renee Wheeler, Xavier University1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022