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Full Title: Transnational Religious Communities and Technology Colloquium

Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Start Date: 15-Jun-2014 - 18-Jun-2014
Contact: Andrey Rosowsky
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: This colloquium is organised by the Sociology of Language and Religion (SLR) network. Other contributors are Bernard Spolsky, Tope Omoniyi, Christian Muench, Oladipo Salami, Ana Souza, Laura Niemi and Andrey Rosowsky.

Colloquium Description:

Multilingualism is on the rise in cities around the world, as is the presence of religious communities from different cultural and linguistic contexts. While religions have always played an important role in immigrant as well as in indigenous communities, so have languages within these religious contexts. Yet, the pace and rhythm of migratory movements and consequent cultural and religious diversity in erstwhile traditionally homogeneous communities have accelerated significantly and made religious communities more dynamic, more volatile, but also more virtual and responsive to the challenges of modern life. Transnational religious communities and their language practices have been studied from many angles, but little can be anticipated in terms of the practices of religious communities when it comes to modern technology. New communication technologies represent a huge space, for example, for interaction of immigrants with their home as well as with their religious communities across the planet. Technology provides global devotees with the chance to interact, maintain relationships, share experiences and practice their faith individually or collectively in the language of their choice, with virtual communities or even a local community of their own. The virtual presence of the languages used in such religious community practices is of great interest to the sociology of language and religion (SLR). It seems time for researchers to investigate the interface of language, religion and technology. This panel focuses on the use of technology and religious practices in multilingual contexts around the world.

Christian Muench, University of Aachen
Global organizations and local religious communities: Spanish-speaking groups in evangelical churches in New York City

Laura Niemi, University of Helsinki
Merging the urban and the religious: Constructing social styles in a Christian youth TV show

Tope Omoniyi, University of Roehampton
Love World Ministry's monthly communion service as a technologized faith practice

Andrey Rosowsky, University of Sheffield
Virtual allegiance: Online baya'a practices within a worldwide Sufi Order

Oladipo Salami, Obafemi Awolowo University
Ifa and the virtual world

Bernard Spolsky, Former Director of the Language Policy Research Center, Bar-Ilan University
'And teach them diligently': The development of Jewish teaching on the internet

Ana Souza, Institute of Education, London
Technology and language shift: The case of two Brazilian faith settings
Linguistic Subfield: Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.1097

This is a session of the following meeting:
Sociolinguistics Symposium 20

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