• CFP: ACLA 2016 Annual Meeting

    The American Comparative Literature Association has a call for papers for the 2016 Annual Meeting, which will be held on March 17-20, 2016 at Harvard University. Specifically, there is a seminar over Public Humanities in a Digital Age. Suggested topics include:

  • ISMRC Doctoral Colloquium Pre-Conference

    The International Society for Media, Religion and Culture has a call for papers for the Doctoral Colloquium Pre-Conference. The date for the pre-conference is August 1, 2016. The forum will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. before the main conference begins. The goal of the pre-conference is to give doctoral students the opportunity to share their research and receive feedback from people who are leaders in this field, network with peers, and discuss theoretical, methodological and professional challenges. Submissions should follow these guidelines:

  • CFP: CyberOrient Online Journal

    CyberOrient Online Journal of the Virtual Middle East has a call for papers for their special issue over constructing and consuming gender through media. The aim for the issue is to bring together scholarly work on a range of Middle Eastern and Muslim cultural media products. They are interested in how products are received, imagined, and consumed in the every day of audiences and understand the complex responses of media audiences. Some examples of media products include:
    -Talk shows
    -Music, games

  • CFP: EASR 2016 Conference

    The European Association for the Study of Religions will host its 2016 Conference on June 28-July 1, at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The theme for the conference will be relocating religion. There are two different types of papers you can submit. You can choose to submit a call for sessions or a call for individual papers. The call for sessions is now open and will be due October 30th. Applicants will be notified by November 15th if accepted. The call for individual papers opens November 15th and will be due on December 31st.

  • CFP: Electronic Journal of Communication

    The Electronic Journal of Communication has a call for papers for their special issue over the Impact of Technology on Interpersonal Relationships, including interest on work on Religious and spiritual life. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 30. They encourage people to examine both the positive and negative ways in which new media technologies have impacted people’s interpersonal relationships. They consider technology to include social media, cell phones, tablet computers, personal music players, and other types of devices.

  • CFP: Media, Religion, and Publics

    The University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting their 10th biennial meeting of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture. The conference will be held on August 1-4, 2016 in Seoul, Korea. The deadline for proposals is December 15 and applicants will be notified by the end of January. The purpose of the conference is to explore how scholars can theorize and develop the concept of "publics" in societies where private and public spheres seem obscure. It will also seek to explain how religion is represented, experienced, and practiced through a wide range of media.

  • Technology Changing How We Pray

    Huffington Post recently had an article that spotlighted praying and how social media is changing the way we pray. Pope Francis is a prime example of this where he uses his Twitter account to offer a prayer of peace or healing to the world in order to reach his followers. During a HuffPost Live segment, host Zerlina Maxwell asked the question, does posting a prayer on social media distance us from the actual act of praying?

  • Whisper App Reveal Women's Thoughts About Wearing a Hijab

    Muslim women have recently gone to social media to express their thoughts about wearing a hijab. Whisper is a new app that allows users to anonymously express their feelings. Many Muslim women have a lot of strong feelings while wearing their hijab and that many people treat them differently. The hijab is a visual symbol of Islam and can sometimes be looked as a symbol of women oppression. Various countries have their own laws and regulations about hijabs. France and Turkey do not allow hijabs to be worn in courts, schools, or universities.

  • Job Openings at the National University of Singapore

    The National University of Singapore has an associate professor position opening in media studies, culture, and critical theory as well as two other positions. The other positions are an assistant professor for interactive digital media design and a senior lecturer in communication management. For the full associate professor position they are looking for someone who has their PhD in communication or a closely related field and has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.

  • Facebook Tells Priest to Lose his Title on his Profile

    Very recently, Facebook contacted Monsignor Charles Pope and told him he would need to change his name on his Facebook profile. He had joined Facebook six years ago and had used the name "Monsignor Charles Pope" because he is a Catholic priest and most people refer to him as "Monsignor." It is a frustrating situation for him to be in since Facebook contacts users about these types of issues when someone has flagged a person’s profile. “I just think it’s incredibly foolish on their part to try and treat people this way.


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