19.257 Call for Papers - Special Issue of JCMC

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 07:33:24 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 257.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 07:26:30 +0100
         From: Charles Ess <cmess_at_drury.edu>
         Subject: Call for Papers - Special Issue of JCMC

Dear Humanists,

with apologies for cross-postings, please distribute to interested
colleagues and appropriate lists:

Call for Papers, special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated


Guest editors:

Charles Ess (cmess_at_drury.edu)
Interdisciplinary Studies Center, Drury University

Akira KAWABATA <kawabata_at_hus.osaka-u.ac.jp>
Osaka University, Japan

Hiroyuki KUROSAKI <hkuro_at_kokugakuin.ac.jp>
Kokugakuin University, Japan


Proposals due: October 15, 2005
Full papers due: April 15, 2006
Anticipated publication: October 2006 or January 2007

As with most other dimensions of contemporary life in industrialized
societies, the emergence of the Internet and the World Wide Web has deeply
impacted religious life, and vice-versa. Indeed, based on the number of
Google hits (on August 28, 2005), "religion" (89,700,000 hits) is even more
ubiquitous on the web than "sex" (75,200,000 hits). In the U.S. context,
religion on the Internet has inspired a number of important treatments and
studies, but as yet, relatively little scholarship has examined the
interactions between religious life and the Internet from comparative,
cross-cultural perspectives. Such perspectives are of compelling interest,
precisely because the global reach of the Internet and the Web means that
the interactions between religious life and CMC are not restricted to
national/cultural boundaries. At the same time, this global reach means that
scholars and researchers around the world also enjoy new opportunities for
cross-cultural collaboration and research.

This special issue of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication invites
analyses of the interactions between religious life and CMC technologies,
with an emphasis on cultural dimensions and cross-cultural comparisons of
those interactions.

Suggested submission topics include:

* The sacred online? Are experiences of the sacred (e.g., in Christian
communion, Jewish and Muslim prayer, mediation with kami in Japanese
religion, etc.), restricted to the embodied community offline, and/or are
there ways of facilitating these experiences online that are recognized as
legitimate by traditional authorities and communities?

* Broadcast and/or interaction?
There is some evidence in both the U.S. and Japan to suggest that more
evangelical traditions adopt the more interactive features of CMC as part of
their strategy for attracting and converting new members, while less
evangelical traditions develop more static websites that archive
authoritative texts and resources. Are there correlations between the
"style" of faith and use of CMC? How far do these hold - or not hold -
across cultures?

* Religion and the Generations
Religious institutions in both the U.S. and abroad consciously use the
Internet to "target" young people, who are generally more comfortable with
new media, while older people are often resistant to the new technologies,
and may even see new media as corrupting traditional religious authority,
practices, and beliefs. Are such generation gaps apparent in diverse
cultures? What are the implications of such generation gaps for online
religion and traditional religion?

* The Generation of Religion
New media offer multiple possibilities for communities of faith to construct
new approaches to traditional religious practices and authorities - some of
which may be seen as not simply reformist, but as revolutionary, if not
"heretical." How do new media promise/threaten to construct and generate new
religious practices, beliefs, etc.? Are these possibilities realized in
different ways, depending on religious tradition and/or culture?

* Gender and Religion: Liberation in Cyberspace?
Western cyber-feminists have hoped for new forms of liberation and gender
equality in cyberspace. At the same time, contemporary world religions
remain largely patriarchal or masculinist. How do CMC environments
facilitate and/or inhibit these processes of preservation and transformation
in religious life? Are there notable differences among cultures, given that
some national/cultural traditions are more gender equal than others?

* Preservation and/or Transformation of Religious Authorities, Practices,
What roles do CMC technologies play in preserving and/or transforming
religious authorities, practices, and traditions? How do these roles vary,
if they do, from culture to culture?

* Other issues
The above list does not include all possible questions and approaches to
cross-cultural analyses of religion online. We encourage and invite other
topics appropriate to this theme.


Potential authors should submit a preliminary proposal of 500 words by
October 15, 2005, to the Charles Ess (cmess_at_drury.edu) and Hiroyuki KUROSAKI

The proposal should indicate (a) the specific issues, topics, and/or themes
that will be explored, including the specific religious traditions and
culture(s) at the focus of analysis, (b) strong awareness of relevant
studies and literature to be drawn upon, and (c) at least a preliminary
sketch of what claims, hypotheses, etc. that the author(s) expect to confirm
or disconfirm in their work.

Since JCMC is an interdisciplinary journal, authors should plan for papers
that will be accessible to non-specialists, and should make their papers
relevant to an interdisciplinary audience. In addition, judicious use of the
multimedia possibilities of web publication is encouraged, e.g., screen
shots, photos, etc.

Earlier submissions and questions are welcome.

Authors whose proposals are accepted for inclusion will be invited to submit
a full paper of roughly 7,000-10,000 words by April 15, 2006

Anticipated publication date for the special issue is October 2006 or
January 2007.

Proposals and final submissions should be e-mailed to the special issue
editors Charles Ess (cmess_at_drury.edu) and Hiroyuki KUROSAKI


Charles Ess

Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Drury University
900 N. Benton Ave. Voice: 417-873-7230
Springfield, MO 65802 USA FAX: 417-873-7435
Home page: http://www.drury.edu/ess/ess.html
Co-chair, CATaC: http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/catac/

Professor II, Globalization and Applied Ethics Programmes
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Exemplary persons seek harmony, not sameness. -- Analects 13.23
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