Republic of Türkiye Ministry of Culture and Tourism<br>General Directorate of Research and Training Erciyes University Radio and Television Supreme Council Turkish National Commission for UNESCO Organisation of Islamic Cooperation<br>Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission
International Media, Digital Culture and Religion Congress

1st International Media, Digital Culture and Religion Congress is organized to ensure the internationalization of national academic interests that focus on media, digital culture and religion relevance, and thus to strengthen its widespread impact, added value and social contribution potential.
The congress is planned to be held every year as a result of the consensus among the consortium members in order to support national and international academic accumulation in the field of media, digital culture and religion and to lead the academic exchange regarding experience and knowledge on an international scale. The congress is expected to include original papers focusing on different implications of media and religion relatedness, which are constructed with various scientific methods in fields such as Psychology, Law, Philosophy, and Literature.
We are pleased to invite all researchers working in the fields of media, digital culture, and religion to the 1st International Media, Digital Culture and Religion Congress, which will be held online on April 26-28, 2024, under the coordination of Erciyes University with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Türkiye and the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK).

Congress Poster
International Media, Digital Culture and Religion Congress: Congress Poster

AIM and SCOPE

MEDIA, DIGITAL CULTURE and RELIGION

Today, the media is an important element at the very center of individual and social life, with its various forms, from politics to economy, from art to literature, which significantly affects daily life, social practices and global social relations. Likewise, religions have a significant impact on individual and social life and have emerged as a common element in all societies from the earliest times. Due to its functionality and multifunctional structure, media has been an important tool for various religions and their members since early times, and media tools, which serve as an important tool in the distribution and dissemination of religious information, have been used effectively in the transmission of religious messages.
Media, and especially digital media with its contemporary appearance, is an important evaluation criterion in the transformation of religion as well as all social institutions, and it produces brand new religiosities in which the phenomenon of religion is subject to this global language, as it is an effective carrier of the global digital culture with all the opportunities it offers. There are many “popular” examples of how religion has adapted to the global digital culture spread by the media.
Applications such as online religious forums, virtual places of worship, digital prayer books bring religious experience to the digital environment. In addition, social media platforms allow religious groups and leaders to interact with their followers, disseminate religious content and announce religious events. On the other hand, the effects of digital culture on religious institutions and belief systems are also an important area of discussion. Digital technologies allow religious institutions to change their communication strategies, use digital marketing and advertising methods, and provide religious services on digital platforms. Discussions about religious authorities and how religious traditions can preserve their integrity mark another important area of discussion regarding digital culture and religion. Although all these determinations, the number of which can be increased, seem to be two different phenomena in the beginning, the media and religion are in an indistinguishable relationship and show the worthy side of the subject.
In the academic literature, studies dealing with the relationship between digital culture and religion are carried out in various disciplines. Studies in fields such as sociology of religion, communication studies, digital human sciences, cultural anthropology focus on this subject. In these studies, the effects of digital technologies on the transformation of religion, virtual communities and digital religious experiences, digital religious leadership, online religious practices, digital religious interactions, production and consumption of digital religious content are discussed.
While some studies argue that digital technologies superficial religious experience and weaken religious ties, other studies suggest that digital technologies can enrich the religious experience, facilitate the dissemination of religious information, and that religious communities can form strong bonds on digital platforms.

AIM and SCOPE

MEDIA, DIGITAL CULTURE and RELIGION

Today, the media is an important element at the very center of individual and social life, with its various forms, from politics to economy, from art to literature, which significantly affects daily life, social practices and global social relations. Likewise, religions have a significant impact on individual and social life and have emerged as a common element in all societies from the earliest times. Due to its functionality and multifunctional structure, media has been an important tool for various religions and their members since early times, and media tools, which serve as an important tool in the distribution and dissemination of religious information, have been used effectively in the transmission of religious messages.
Media, and especially digital media with its contemporary appearance, is an important evaluation criterion in the transformation of religion as well as all social institutions, and it produces brand new religiosities in which the phenomenon of religion is subject to this global language, as it is an effective carrier of the global digital culture with all the opportunities it offers. There are many “popular” examples of how religion has adapted to the global digital culture spread by the media.
Applications such as online religious forums, virtual places of worship, digital prayer books bring religious experience to the digital environment. In addition, social media platforms allow religious groups and leaders to interact with their followers, disseminate religious content and announce religious events. On the other hand, the effects of digital culture on religious institutions and belief systems are also an important area of discussion. Digital technologies allow religious institutions to change their communication strategies, use digital marketing and advertising methods, and provide religious services on digital platforms. Discussions about religious authorities and how religious traditions can preserve their integrity mark another important area of discussion regarding digital culture and religion. Although all these determinations, the number of which can be increased, seem to be two different phenomena in the beginning, the media and religion are in an indistinguishable relationship and show the worthy side of the subject.
In the academic literature, studies dealing with the relationship between digital culture and religion are carried out in various disciplines. Studies in fields such as sociology of religion, communication studies, digital human sciences, cultural anthropology focus on this subject. In these studies, the effects of digital technologies on the transformation of religion, virtual communities and digital religious experiences, digital religious leadership, online religious practices, digital religious interactions, production and consumption of digital religious content are discussed.
While some studies argue that digital technologies superficial religious experience and weaken religious ties, other studies suggest that digital technologies can enrich the religious experience, facilitate the dissemination of religious information, and that religious communities can form strong bonds on digital platforms.

IMPORTANT DATES

15 NOVEMBER 2023 -

01 DECEMBER 2023 - 10 APRIL 2024

15 APRIL 2024

26 APRIL 2024

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Kayseri

27-28 APRIL 2024

30 JUNE 2024

31 AUGUST 2024

15 NOVEMBER 2024

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

● Abstract submission address:
[email protected]

● Abstracts must be prepared in accordance with the format below in order to be evaluated.

● Acceptance letters will be sent to the abstracts whose peer review is positive via the same e-mail.

REGISTRATION AND PUBLICATION

● Audience participation in Media And Islamophobia Special Session & Media, Digital Culture and Religion Workshop, which is in face-to-face format on April 26, 2024, is optional and free.

● Participation Fee for online presentations to be held between 27-28 April 2024 is 500 TRY or 30 USD for one submission. Participation Fee must be transferred to the account number specified below, and 'author name/s and Participation Fee’ must be included in the description section.

● Participation Certificates are going to be sent after the Congress and in PDF format via [email protected]

● E-Book of Abstracts will be published after the congress.

● Full Text submission is optional. Full Texts will be published in Congress Special Issue of Journal of Media and Religion Studies following Congress. In order to be evaluated, full texts must be prepared in English and in accordance with the writing rules of Journal of Media and Religion Studies.

Participation Fee Account Numbers

Account Type: TRY
IBAN: TR73 0020 5000 0938 2833 8000 04

Kuveyt Türk Participation Bank

Account Holder: CİHAN ER TEZMER

Account Type: USD
IBAN: TR46 0020 5000 0938 2833 8001 02

CONSORTIUM

BOARDS

Scientific (and Advisory) Board

THEMES

Religious Broadcasting on Radio and TV

Press and Religious Broadcasting Practices

Press History and Religion

The Case of Religion in Television Productions and Series

Preaching on TV - Televangelism

Cinema and Religion

Advertisements and Religion

Media and Religion in the Islamic World

Media and Religion in Western Europe and America

Indigenous Islamophobia / Self-Orientalism in Movies and TV Series

Conventional Media and Secularization

Media and Islamophobia

Religious Hate Speech

Fake News and Religion

Religion, Media and Humor

Conventional and Digital Media in the Context of Radicalization and Anti-Discrimination

Media Literacy and Religion

Media and Religious Education

Media and Religious Vocational Education

Faith Literacy and Media

Digital Culture and Religion

Online Religious Societies and Authority

Online Worship and Rituals

Online Religious Identity and Belonging

Religious Odysseys in the Digital World: Deism, Atheism and Agnosticism

Digital Technology and Ethics

Disclosure, Exposure and Privacy in the Digital World

Digitization and Religious Information

Religious Phenomenon Culture

Digitization, Cultural Racism and Islamophobia

Digital Technologies and Inquiries in Fiqh

Digital Technologies and Religious Education

Digitalization and Islamic Studies

Artificial Intelligence Applications and Religion

Metaverse-Virtual Reality and Religion Studies

Digital Culture and Secularization

New Forms of Religiosity in the Digital World

Digital Culture, Generations and Religion

MEDİAD

CONTACT

Primary e-mail: [email protected]
Secondary e-mail: [email protected]
International Media, Digital Culture and Religion Congress