Digital Religion Symposium

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

The event will explore how new media is shaping our understanding of religion in a networked society.

This event will feature presentations by:

Pauline Hope Cheong,
Associate Professor of Communication at Arizona State University, presenting her
work on authority online especially as they related to Buddhist and Christian
engagement with new media

Nabil Echchaibi, Assistant Professor of Mass
Communication at University of Colorado-Boulder, presenting on Islam and the
Internet and related issues of religious identity negotiation
online

Christopher Helland, Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion
at Dalhousie University (Canada), presenting on issues of ritual and
authenticity related to Buddhist & Hindu online contexts

The symposium will be held 9am-1pm at 410 Rudder Tower on the campus of
Texas A&M and will involve presentations by the 3 speakers followed by a panel
discussion on what studying religion online has to teach us about social and
religious life in an information society.

The event will also feature a workshop from 2:30-4pm in the Glasscock center
library (Glasscock Building Room 310)?on Researching Digital
Culture. This will be an opportunity for faculty and graduate students to learn
and ask questions about methodological and ethical issues raised by doing online
research in various internet and virtual world environments.

These events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required  for
the workshop and lunch. More information can be found at:
http://comm.tamu.edu/digitalreligion.html

RSVPs and inquiries related to this event can be directed
to Heidi Campbell, Associate Professor of Communication-TAMU
(heidic@tamu.edu).

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