NMRDC to sponsor workshop on Virtual Ethnography

The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies is pleased to host a workshop on Virtual Ethnography which will Explore Religion in Digital Worlds. This event is aimed at graduate students and faculty interested in digital media studies, religion, and ethnographic research who wish to learn about conducting research in virtual worlds. The workshop will offer basic introduction to virtual ethnography, navigation of ethical questions in conducting research online, and an overview of methods of research.

This workshop will be lead by Dr. Gregory Grieve, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Grieve, a leader in the field of digital religion and specializes in ethnographic approaches to the intersection of religion, media, and popular culture (see: http://www.gpgrieve.org/). He will draw from his work on Buddhist meditation in the virtual world and his forthcoming book from Routledge entitled Digital Zen: Buddhism, Virtual Worlds and Online Meditation.

The workshop will be held on October 18th, 2013 on the campus of Texas A&M University in Bolton Hall, Room 111D from 1:00 – 3:30pm. The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please RSVP for a spot in the workshop to James Cho at: kyongjamescho@tamu.edu.