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Second Annual International Conference on Information & Religion
Theme: Preservation and Access: Facilitating Research in Information and Religion
May 18-19, 2012 ~ Kent State University, Kent, OH
Keynote: Carisse Berryhill, Ph.D., Special Collections Librarian, Abilene Christian University
Call for Papers and Posters
The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) will host its Second Annual International Conference on Information and Religion in May 2012. This call for papers seeks original contributions in all areas related to information and religion. The conference theme invites participants to share their work in a variety of areas in which scholars are exploring the intersections of religion and information. Topics that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following:
. Preserving and making available religious texts and information objects associated with communities of faith;
. Social uses and appropriations made of these texts and objects;
. The information-seeking behavior of clergy;
. The role of the sermon as an influential communication medium in society; case studies in the sermon preparation task;
. Information in its application to local congregations as communities of practice;
. Faith and many types of intelligence (e.g., emotional intelligence);
. Dissemination of faith messages;
. Intersections of interests in the study of information and religion, where different disciplines might find it worthwhile to collaborate in research.
Prospective participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that report on recent research and scholarship. Contributions to this call for papers should not have been previously published. We also welcome proposals for poster presentations. There are no restrictions on research methodology.
Instructions for submitting refereed paper or poster extended abstracts: The abstract should be no longer than 250 words (including research question, methods, results). Include the title of the paper/poster, names, affiliations, and contact information of the authors (with one author to be designated as the contact for the paper). Submit abstracts in PDF or Word format by Dec. 31, 2011, to Dr. Rosemary Du Mont, CSIR Associate, at [log in to unmask] Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2012.
Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be considered for publication in ASIR (Advances in the Study of Information and Religion). Details regarding submission of full papers will be given to those whose abstracts are accepted for conference presentation. Please note: Presenters are responsible for their own expenses related to the conference, including but not limited to registration fees, lodging, transportation and meals.
For more information, please contact Dr. Don Wicks ([log in to unmask]), Interim Director of SLIS and Director of CSIR, or Dr. Dan Roland ([log in to unmask]), CSIR Primary Researcher.
All the best,
Marketing Communications and Public Relations Director
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
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