International UCSIA Conference: Believin’ the Media. Analysis of Faith and Media

Venue: Elzenveld

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Event Date/Time: Apr 26, 2007 End Date/Time: Apr 27, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 01, 2006
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The relation between faith and media always has been a problematic one. In the past, ideologies and religions manipulated or shunned the media of communication. In the current era of mass media and communication strategies, perception takes priority over identity and a new series of questions arose: How to create a reasonable balance between identity and perception? How to introduce faith and religion in a pluralising and detraditionalising world? How to cope with a decaying deontology on behalf of general journalism? What kind of possibilities are offered by the new media? What about the relation between faith and advertising? What about the clashing rights of free speech and religious freedom? The caricatures of Mohammed are the best illustration of the latter conflict … Not only faith and ideologies, values and standards too are subject of new developments in mass media. How can we deal with them if communication tools are no longer representatives of (political) ideologies and faith systems, but structures obeying economical and commercial laws?

A two-day conference with workshops focuses the first day on the analysis of the relation between faith and media. Central themes will be the evolution of the critical function of the presence of faith and ideologies in the mass media, the comparative analysis of the presence of faith in European broadcasting, print-media, and other new media. The Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels will conclude the evening with a public lecture on the relation between Church and media in Belgium: the presence of Christians in secularised media world.

The second day of the conference will be devoted to case studies and possible communication strategies.


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