Working papers

A selection of working papers by members of the network on issues related to the field of religion and media.

More than 100 peer-reviewed working papers authored by members of CRESC, the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Chnage at Manchester University and the Open University. A number of these working papers address issues relevant to the study of religion, technology and the media.

A paper presented at a session of the Public Representation of a Religion called Hinduism network, which discusses the relationship between Hindu organisations and the mediation of modern Hinduism.

How do religious and spiritually oriented groups use social media? What impact does this use have on their relationship with religious institutions? How are notions of the sacred being redefined with the advent of social media? How are discourses on religion and the sacred being re-positioned and mobilised in social media such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and in virtual worlds? How do mass and social media interact? To what extent are social media catalysing religious change? These are the main questions addressed in this book.

A discussion paper by two members of the Centre for Media, Religion and Culture at the University of Colorado Boulder.

This essay assumes that what is actually needed is a re-centering of the "object" of digital religious practice into and on its own emergent terms. And scholars and observers need to find new ways of thinking about and interpreting practice that assumes this re-centering. Our reflections on this are rooted in our own explorations in a research project focused on finding the ways and places that religion is represented, in significant ways, in media cultures.

This essay, which is intended to stimulate dialogue, explores the role and place of Protestantism and the Protestant Establishment in 20th Century media, and the way that the Protestant purpose was imagined, expressed, formed, and ultimately constrained by the particular way Protestant culture and Protestant authority chose to relate to the emergent industries of mass communication from the 18th Century onward.