A Beginners Guide to Resources in Media, Religion and Culture Studies

The study of new media and religion has emerged over the last decade and has grown out of the larger sub-field of media, religion and culture studies. Often times scholars and students new to these areas can feel a bit isolated as they seek to gain fluency simultaneously in the multiple disciplines which are required for fruitful conversation. Indeed it can be a challenge to connect with other scholars and publications related to this area of study. However, take heart there is growing interest and attention being given to media, religion and culture studies and finding publishing outlets and places for conversation is easier than you think.

At a recent seminar for graduate students interested in studying the intersection of Communication and Religious studies in my own department I presented the following list of publications, centers and upcoming events for those new to field and looking to expand their awarenes of the breadth of research being done in these exciting areas. I am sharing them here for others who will also find these resources of interest and use.

Journals Publishing work in Media, Religion and Culture Studies:

Journal of Communication and Religion: http://www.cios.org/www/jcrmain.htm
Journal of Media and Religion: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/hjmr20#.UnQze0oo7Mw
Journal of Religion and Popular Culture: http://www.utpjournals.com/Journal-of-Religion-and-Popular-Culture.html
Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture: http://jrmdc.com/
Journal of Contemporary Religion: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cjcr20#.UnQ3o0oo7Mw
Online-Heidelberg Journal of Religions on Internet: http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/ojs/index.php/religions/
ASIR: Advances in the Study of Information and Religion: http://digitalcommons.kent.edu/asir/
CyberOrient: http://www.cyberorient.net/

Associations and Centers working at the intersection of Media, Religion and Culture Studies:

Religious Communication Association (NCA): http://www.americanrhetoric.com/rca/
International Society for Media, Religion and Culture: https://www.facebook.com/MediaReligionCulture
Center for Media, Religion and Culture: http://cmrc.colorado.edu/
Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture: http://digitalreligion.tamu.edu
Center for the Study of Information and Religion: http://www.kent.edu/slis/research/csir/index.cfm
Digital Islam: http://www.digitalislam.eu/
NYU Center for Media and Religion: http://www.crmnyu.org/
CODEC: Christian Communication in the Digital Age: https://www.dur.ac.uk/codec/
Nordic Research Network on the Mediatisation of Religion and Culture (MRC): http://www.nordforsk.org/en/programs/prosjekter/the-nordic-research-netw...
Mediating Religion Network: http://www.mediatingreligion.org/

Upcoming Conferences:

ISMRC-Bi-Annual Meeting 2014: http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/thrs/events/event2014-08-06.html
CISR: Annual Conference on Information and Religion 2014: http://www.kent.edu/slis/research/csir/annual-conference-on-information-...
ICA PreConference on Media and Religion 2014: http://digitalreligion.tamu.edu/news/tue-10152013-1805/cfp-ica-preconfer...