Annual Conference on Information and Religion

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) hosted its Fifth Annual International Conference on Information and Religion in 2015. The conference theme was “New Technologies and Religious Communities.” David Michels, Head of Public Services at the Sir James Dunn Law Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, presented the keynote address. Technology offers new resources that impact preaching by integrating multimedia in worship, expanding outreach through streaming services and podcasts, and providing live feedback through tools such as Twitter/chat. The life of religious communities is also impacted by new communication technologies that blur the boundaries of local and remote participation and challenge traditional ideas of koinonia. Our keynote speaker and participants explored these issues and others. NOTE: The Center for the Study of Information and Religion was deactivated in 2016. No future conferences are scheduled at Kent State University.