Media Religion Culture 2012 Conference a Turquia. L’Observatori hi serà present

 

Dear All Participants,There has been great interest to the conference and there are still requests for submitting abstracts.Local committee decided to extend the deadline for abstract submissions until April 15, 2012. Hopefully, by the beginning of March, we will post all accepted papers and exact tour plans (we are working on this tour to be for free for all conference participants).We are waiting for the confirmation from the sponsors for exact details, so you can make necessary arrangements.As we underlined, abstract submissions are open until April 15, 2012.There will be a great religious sites tour all around Turkey after the conference.

Please use nezihorhon@gmail.com for abstract submissions. Best regards,Behalf of Local CommitteeNezih Orhon

The International ConferenceCrossroads of Civilizations: Media, Religion and CultureJuly 8-12, 2012Anadolu UniversityEskisehir, TURKEY(in between Istanbul and Ankara)

The International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture, organized every two years by the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture, invites papers for its July 8-12, 2012 conference to be held in Eskisehir, Turkey (outside of Istanbul), at Anadolu University.In contemporary societies, electronic media such as smart mobile phones, satellite television, radio, and laptop computers have become ubiquitous. Although historians point out that world religions have always been mediated by culture in some way, people have incorporated these electronic media into everyday practices, and industries and state organizations have arisen to profit from those practices, in ways that are unprecedented. Today’s media can connect people and ideas with one another, but they also foster misunderstandings and reinforce societal divisions.

They may provide the means for the centralization of religious authority, or the means to undermine it. Scholars of religion, as well as scholars of media and of culture, must consider how these various societal institutions of the media interact with one another and with systems of religion, governance, and cultural practices, as our societies demand better means by which to understand emergent concerns in an increasingly interconnected, globalized context.The contemporary location of Turkey has long been the meeting place between Eastern and Western culture, religion, trade, and communication. This conference provides a crossroads for scholars, doctoral students, media professionals, and religious leaders from a variety of religious and secular traditions to meet and exchange ideas. Interdisciplinary scholarship is welcome, as is comparative work, theoretical development, and in-depth ethnographic studies that shed light on contemporary phenomena at the intersection of media, religion, and culture.Papers, panels, workshops, and roundtable proposals could address, but should not be limited to: * Global and Glocal Media and Religion(s)* Mediation and Mediatization of Religion* Media and The Boundaries of the Religious and the Secular* Media, Power, Religion and Democracy* Religion and Visual Expression* Crossroads of Old/New Media and Religion* Religion, Gender and Media* Dialogue/Conflict: Media and Religion* Islam and Media/ Islamic Media* Social Media, Religion and Cultures

Presentation Formats

This year we will be accepting proposals in four formats: papers, panels, workshops and roundtables.Panels bring together in discussion four participants or presentations representing a range of ideas and projects. Roundtables may include more individuals who comment on a common theme in briefer formats.Panels and roundtables are scheduled for 90 minutes and should include a mix of individuals working in areas of research, theory, and practice. We also encourage the use of discussants.Workshops provide an opportunity for hands-on exploration and/or project development. They can be organized around a core challenge that participants come together to work on or around a tool, platform, or concept. Workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes and should be highly participatory.

MetroThe Bus System in Turkey is great. Very luxury buses. They even serve tea, coffee and ckes for free in buses.There are also WI-FI, TV and Radio in almost all buses.It takes 5 hour from Istanbul to Eskisehir by Bus.

Note: Unfortunately, the trains from Istanbul to Eskisehir were stopped due to construction.The train system did only announce this change in the very last minuteWe were not even officially informed about this situation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRANSPORTATION & REGISTRATION

AIRPLANEFrom Istanbul to Eskisehir- BoraJetflies from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (Asian side of Istanbul) to Eskisehir Anadolu University AirportEveryday except Mondays. (It takes 35 minutes form Istanbul to Eskisehir.)

From Brussels to Eskisehir- Turkish Airlinesflies from Brussels to Eskisehir Anadolu University AirportEvery Monday and Friday.From Your Country to Ankara- With any airline. Then, you make transfer to Speed Train in Ankara to come to EskisehirYou can find a train everyday (starts at 6:45 am till 9:00 pm- Every Hours )Speed Train takes 80 minutes from Ankara to Eskisehir BUSFrom Istanbul to EskisehirThey are every hour except 1:00 am till 6:00 amThe Bus Companies are:Ismail Ayaz (suggested)Kamil Koc (suggested)Buzlu

MetroThe Bus System in Turkey is great. Very luxury buses. They even serve tea, coffee and ckes for free in buses.There are also WI-FI, TV and Radio in almost all buses.It takes 5 hour from Istanbul to Eskisehir by Bus.

Note:Unfortunately, the trains from Istanbul to Eskisehir were stopped due to construction.The train system did only announce this change in the very last minuteWe were not even officially informed about this situation

Registration for the ConferenceAll registrations with wire-transfer could be done over this account number

:IBAN NO : TR590001500158048013300701Please send us an e-mail after you do any money transfer to ensure there is no problem.We still do not have any asnwer form sponsors for after-conference tour(s).Please do not hestitate to contact us for your inquiries.

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