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Call for 2020 Roundtable Submissions

Religion and Social Communication Research in Asia:

Theoretical and Practical Considerations

in a Digital World

9-12 March 2020

Bangkok, Thailand

Research in the field of religion and social communication advances and changes in accordance with time and social context. The contemporary milieu with its digital landscape calls for creativity and new directions in research. Research in religion and social communication means dig deeper and go beyond simple descriptions or just monitoring realities in a kind of superficial way. Research asks for deeper reasons, relationships and ‘roots’ for phenomena, thinking, and action. It also investigates the fundamental issues concerning the field including dimensions, expressions, impacts and potentials.


The proposed theme for the 2020 ARC Roundtable, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the foundation of ARC, wants to emphasize the importance of research in the field of religion and social communication, with considerations to the digital context. The Roundtable will accept submissions that give attention to the two main topic areas: theoretical and practical.


In terms of theoretical considerations, possible submissions might examine the following areas of concern:

  1. How are age-old religious and philosophical worldviews being challenged or re-envisioned in the digital milieu?

  2. What models, strategies or frameworks are appropriate in religious communication in the contemporary context?

  3. What are the main communicative possibilities and challenges for religion in a new and digital world?

  4. What is the impact of intercultural/religious communication on local cultures and communities?

  5. What are the common grounds between religion and culture? Ho


w are they expressed in the people’s social and devotional practices?

Practical considerations may address areas including but are not limited to the following:

  1. How are religious customs and behavior of people affected by modern means of communication?

  2. How can traditional methods of religious communication be enhanced by technological advancement?

  3. How do religious leaders employ modern means of communication to appeal to new generations of faith seekers and adherents?

  4. Is there a ‘digital popular piety’? How prevalent is it? How is it affecting individuals and religious institutions?

  5. How does modern means of communication create opportunities for fostering intercultural dialogue and religious common grounds? How do cultures influence or even determine religious practices?


Please send a 350-500 word abstract on or before 14 October 2019 to the following email address: arcstjohns.bkk@gmail.com.


We welcome submissions from professional researchers and MA/PhD candidates. Accepted papers have the opportunity to be published in ARC’s scholarly journal Religion and Social Communication.


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