By the Western Wall


The Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) is an independent research center proposed by twenty-three Asian scholars at a Roundtable on Church/ Religion and Social Communication Research sponsored by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences - Office of Social Communication (FABC-OSC) in April 1999 at Assumption University in Bangkok.

The participants proposed a permanent Center to secure ongoing and coordinated research in the field.


Since its foundation, ARC has acted as an independent research center affiliated with St. John's University, Bangkok.


The ARC aims to:

  • Facilitate and support research on subjects related to Religion and Social Communication in Asia

  • To publish relevant studies and research in the bi-annual Journal titled Religion and Social Communication

  • Promote related publications in the field

  • Develop a network of interested researchers and institution

  • Foster interreligious dialogue and cooperation in the field.