Punjab Research Group

CFP: Special Issue on Religion and the Internet: The Online-Offline Connection

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on December 28, 2009

Heidi Campbell & Mia Løvheim have put out a call for papers for a special issue of Information, Communication & Society on Religion and the Internet: The Online-Offline Connection, which is also linked in with the 2010 Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture in Toronto.

In particular this special issues aims to explore the relationship between online and offline forms of religious practice and community. Key questions include:

  • What is truly unique about the performance of religion online?
  • How is the practice and conception of religion online connected to offline practices, communities and institutions?
  • In what ways does religion online reflect trends seen offline in religious culture and practice?
  • How do these transformations connect with issues of globalization and glocalization?

You can read the full CFP over at When Religion Meets New Media: http://religionmeetsnewmedia.blogspot.com/2009/11/call-for-papers-for-special-issue-of.html

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NICT and Media Trend in India: Developmental Implications

Posted in Articles by Pippa on April 7, 2009

In the early years of the World Wide Web, there was much talk about the wonderful potential of New Communication Technologies for education, democratization and cultural participation, and of unheard possibilities of human expression and exchange across geographical boundaries. Unfortunately this potential remains undeveloped and economic interest is now dominating the public sphere of the data networks. Although the Internet, like many other innovations including mobile phones services and the most common search engine Google, was originally developed outside competitive commercial markets, the so-called New Economy has failed miserably. The development of the essential technologies of a knowledge-based society has largely been surrendered to the “invisible hands” of the markets. But democratization and freedom of expression should not be left to hysteric stock markets or global entrepreneurs.

Read full article: nict-and-media-trend-in-india

 

Dr Gursharan Singh Kainth is Director, GAD Institute of Development Studies, 14-preet Avenue, Majitha Road, PO Naushera, Amritsar-143008

Any comments can be posted here or sent directly to: kainthgs@yahoo.com or kainthgs@in.com

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