Call for Papers: Media, Religion and In/vulnerability

Proposed Panel at CRESC Annual Conference (SOAS, London, September 4-6 2013)

Abstract Deadline: April 8 2013

The Mediating Religion Network invites proposals for papers on the topic of “Media, Religion and In/vulnerability”. The Network aims to contribute several panel sessions at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Centre for Research into Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). This year’s CRESC conference title is In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge, and we are convinced that scholars of religion and media can make a valuable contribution to academic discussion of this important theme.

The CRESC Annual Conference Call for Papers can be found here:
MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “www.facebook.com” claiming to be http://www.cresc.ac.uk/events/cresc-annual-conference. The conference focuses on “the relationship between vulnerability and invulnerability”, including the precarious lives of the majority and the precarious knowledge and status of religious, political and media elites.

Contributions may take historical and/or ethnographic perspectives and may approach the concept of media broadly to include either a direct focus on specific media (e.g., print or digital) and religion (e.g., religious broadcasting) or a wider theoretical focus on mediation as a problematic of social theory in which religion and its (in)vulnerability to processes of rapid social change is a recurring question.

Specific topics could include: 

– Migration, Diaspora and Identities

– Media and Public Spaces

– Authority and Power

– Knowledge and Memory

Proposals for papers should include a title, a 200-word abstract and a very brief statement of the applicant’s affiliation and research interests. We would like to keep a focus around issues of blame and trust in our explorations of in/vulnerabilities. 

Submissions should be sent to Dr Tim Hutchings (CRESC Research Fellow) at tim.hutchings@open.ac.uk. Feel free to contract Tim or marie.gillespie@open.ac.uk to discuss paper proposals. Deadline for Proposals – April 8th 2013. 

Further information: http://www.mediatingreligion.org/events/call-for-papers-mediating-religion-network-panel-on-media-religion-and-invulnerability