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Registration Opens for Third International Conference on Information and Religion

Posted Apr. 22, 2013

Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) Partners with American Theological Library Association (ATLA) for Third Annual Conference

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Peter Ochs, Ph.D., Edgar M. Bronfman
Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at
University of Virginia, is the keynote
speaker for this year's International
Conference on Information and Religion.

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) at Kent State University will host its Third Annual International Conference on Information and Religion on June 19-22 in Charlotte, N.C., in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) 2013 Annual Conference. 

CSIR participants will have the opportunity to take full advantage of the ATLA and CSIR sessions and activities at a reduced registration rate of $200; registration instructions are on the CSIR conference Web page: www.kent.edu/slis/research/csir/annual-conference-on-information-and-religion.cfm.

The conference will be held in the Westin Charlotte hotel: www.westincharlottehotel.com. The price for a room is $159 single/double, plus the applicable taxes (for reservations: www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/atla).The conference rate expires Friday, May 17. The nearest airport is Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). From the airport, a cab to the hotel is $25 each way.

“The Social Construction of Religious Knowledge,” this year's conference theme, is explored in more than 20 papers and posters, covering such topics as 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.

A complete schedule of presentations and paper abstracts appears on the CSIR conference Web page: www.kent.edu/slis/research/csir/annual-conference-on-information-and-religion.cfm.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Peter Ochs, Ph.D., Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia, and founding editor of the Journal of Scriptural Reasoning. Ochs holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a Ph.D. from Yale University. His research addresses three primary subjects: the relation of contemporary Jewish thought to the classical biblical and rabbinic sources; relations among Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions of scriptural interpretation; and relations among contemporary religious, philosophic and scientific reasoning. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and monographs, including Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews (2011), The Free Church and Israel’s Covenant (2010) and Crisis, Call and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions (ed. Peter Ochs and Stacy Johnson, 2009).

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