Third Annual Conference on Information and Religion: The Social Construction of Religious Knowledge

Jun. 19, - Jun. 22, 2013
Location: Charlotte, N.C., North Carolina

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) will host its Third Annual International Conference on Information and Religion in June 2013. This call for papers and posters seeks original contributions 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:

* Defining and interpreting data and information in the understanding of religious knowledge;
* The role of sermons in the social construction of knowledge;
* The construction of shared knowledge between different faith traditions;
* The social contexts of religious knowledge;
* Preserving and making available religious texts and information objects associated with the construction of religious knowledge;
* Social uses and appropriations made of these texts and objects;
* Information in its application to clergy and congregations as communities of practice;
* Faith and many types of intelligence (e.g., emotional intelligence, intellectual capital, etc.);
* The application of academic theory in the understanding of religious knowledge;
* 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.

Abstracts will be considered for acceptance only when they are submitted on the proposal form before the deadline. (Please do not email, mail or fax abstract proposals.)

Follow this link to the proposal submission form:

* Oct. 1, 2012: Deadline to submit abstracts
* Nov. 15, 2012: Notification of acceptance
* March 31, 2013: Deadline to submit final, completed papers in order for them to be considered for publication in ASIR: Advances in the Study of Information and Religion. Papers must be in proper APA style. Additional details regarding submission of full papers will be sent to those whose abstracts are accepted for conference presentation.


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 (, Interim Director of SLIS and Director of CSIR, or Dr. Dan Roland (, CSIR Primary Researcher.

Additional details about the conference will be posted as they become available.