Here is the first round of publicity for the #refract event at the Christian New Media Conference on October 16th in central London. We're going to be looking at how the internet affects us as human beings - what are the theological implications of the internet? How can the church and the academy get involved?
The event is part of the Christian New Media Conference which will include workshops on the how church leaders, members and techies (interesting list that!) might engage with social media. Workshops include looking at New Media; website and the law; creating podcasts; making viral videos; fundraising online; use of social media in the churches.
Codec are particularly working on the academic side of the event which will be called A Theological Refraction on the Internet. We're going to look at a number of topics:
Homo connectivus - how does the internet effect the expression of our humanity?
What's all the fuss? It's only the web! - religious engagement with the internet
To Infinity and ... whatever! - a look into some possible futures
Speakers so far confirmed include:
Heidi Campbell, Texas A&M - leading internet/religion academic
Maggi Dawn, Cambridge - blogger, academic, theologian
Ian Aspin, Lancaster - broadcaster, thinker, writer
AKM Adam, Glasgow, lecturer, theologian, technologist, writer
Bex Lewis, Winchester - lecturer in social media, polymath
...we'll let you know more when the others confirm.
Short Paper Submissions
We're having a short papers session and would welcome requests to present a paper (15 mins with 5 mins Q&A). Any bids should be sent to Pete