The center hosted the 11th biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC), which explored the relationship between media, religion and public scholarship. This conference was held August 8-11, 2018 and brought together international scholars from various disciplines including media studies, journalism, politics, religious studies, the anthropology and sociology of religion, history, the study of literature and public policy. The conference, since its first meeting, has become the leading international gathering for the discussion of research in religion, media and culture.
The center's conference on Media, Gender and Religion was held at the University of Colorado Boulder on January 7-10, 2016. Speakers included Sarah Banet-Weiser, USC Annenberg; Carla Jones, CU Boulder; Kathryn Lofton, Yale University; Mia Lovheim, Uppsala University; and Monica Miller, Lehigh University. View videos from the conference.
The center's conference: Media and Religion: The Global View was held at the University of Colorado Boulder on January 9-12, 2014. This was the sixth in a series of successful international conferences held by the center. This conference brought together an interdisciplinary community of scholars for focused conversations on emerging issues in media and religion. Each has proven to be an important landmark in the development of theory and method in its respective area and has resulted in important collaborations, publications and resources for further research and dialogue. Invited speakers included: Pradip Thomas, University of Queensland, Australia; Magali do Nascimento Cunha, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, Brazil; Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana; and Keynote Speaker Jane Little, Religious Affairs Correspondent at the BBC World Service and Religion Editor at Public Radio International’s The World.
2012 International Conference on Digital Religion
The center's conference on Digital Religion was held at the University of Colorado Boulder was held on January 12-15, 2012. The conference brought together scholars of media and religion and producers of digital religion content from a variety of religious traditions to reflect on the implications of new media on religious practice and meaning-making in modern society. Invited speakers included: Stig Hjarvard, Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Jeremy Stolow, Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, Montréal, and Heidi Campbell, Department of Communication at Texas A&M University.
2010 International Conference on Islam and the Media
The center hosted the first international conference on Islam and the Media January 7-10, 2010 at the University of Colorado Boulder. The events of Sept. 11, 2001 have unleashed an unprecedented period of global re-thinking of issues in media and religion. Islam has emerged as a major focus of inquiry and debate, but the interaction between contemporary Islam and the media has rarely been addressed. This conference thus engaged a set of questions on the place of Islam within global, regional, national and local media.
2008 International Conference on Media, Spiritualities and Social Change
The center hosted the international conference on Media, Spiritualities and Social Change June 4-7, 2008 at the University of Colorado Boulder.
2006 International Conference on Fundamentalism and the Media
The center hosted their first international conference at the University of Colorado Boulder on Fundamentalism and the Media October 10-12, 2006.
1996 ISMRC International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture
The center hosted the second biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC) in 1996. This conference was directed by professor Stewart Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark, and was the first major effort of what subsequently became the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture. It was attended by over 200 scholars and interested individuals from throughout the world.