A two-day symposium on 'Representation of Religions in the Media: Multidisciplinary Approaches' was held at Liverpool Hope University on 29th and 30th July.
A two-day symposium on 'Representation of Religions in the Media: Multidisciplinary Approaches' was held at Liverpool Hope University on 29th and 30th July. Scholars and early career researchers from different academic disciplines participated in the symposium with the keynote speech given by Professor Debra Mason of Missouri School of Journalism. The symposium concluded with the development of an interdisciplinary network of religion and media researchers.
The conference looked at how religion remains a significant aspect of contemporary social, political and cultural life, and continues to be an object of media scrutiny. Religions are represented in documentaries, serial dramas, comedies, soap operas and on Reality TV. Religions are depicted in films and portrayed in the broadcast and print media, on the internet, and within multi-platform texts. The symposium explored both positive and negative representations of religions in the contemporary media from a multi- and interdisciplinary perspective. The symposium will be used to develop a network of academics whose expertise on media representations of religions will support new initiatives and open new areas of study.
Dr Salman Al-Azami organised the symposium which was held under the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre of War and Peace Studies.