[ABSTRACT] Risks, Rights, Responsibility and Resilience Online #DigitalParenting

It’s been a while since I’ve submitted a conference paper – I missed out on the special edition of a journal which seems similar, but here’s an abstract for the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) pre-conference on Children’s and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age, curated by Sonia Livingstone, Amanda Third and Mariya Stoilova This paper will draw on research undertaken for the 2014 book Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding Continue Reading →

[ABSTRACT] #DIGIDisciple: Issues and Opportunities for the Christian Sector in a Digital Age

Paper Abstract: Media, Religion and Culture in a Networked World, Canterbury, U.K. – August 4-8, 2014. Accepted.  A frequent topic in the British newspapers is the declining numbers in church membership. For many churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’. People don’t actively ignore the church: they don’t even think about it, whilst literally billions are in the digital spaces and the social networks. Those in the Christian sector, including churches, have been slow to recognize Continue Reading →

[ABSTRACT] The Digital Age: Photoshopped Selves?

Abstract accepted for Ecclesia and Ethics II “If Christianity is really true, then it involves the whole man, including his intellect and creativeness. Christianity is not just “dogmatically” true or “doctrinally” true. Rather, it is true to what is there, true in the whole area of the whole man in all of life.” (Francis A. Schaeffer, Art and the Bible, Ch. 1) “I share, therefore I am.” – Sherry Turkle, psychologist and MIT professor of Continue Reading →

[ABSTRACT] The Digital Age: A Challenge for Christian Discipleship?

The following abstract has been accepted for the inaugural European Conference on Social Media. Note: Abstract submission now remains open til 6th January 2014. In the twenty-first century churchgoing is no longer the ‘cultural norm’ for many in the UK. People don’t actively ignore the church: they don’t even think about it. For churches, websites and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest have now effectively become the ‘front door’ to billions of digital Continue Reading →

#ALTC2013: Abstract Accepted: Slow & Steady Wins The Race: Developing Digital Literacies

Organisational Developers (OD) within HE have responsibility for supporting organisational-level development within their institutions. Senior members are involved with strategic-level decision making on organisational initiatives such as restructuring the institution, managing change, or introducing new policies and therefore can have direct impact upon enabling or disabling opportunities for enhancing teaching and learning, including with digital technologies. Anecdotal evidence suggested that many OD practitioners are not comfortable with digital literacies, leading to opportunities for the effective Continue Reading →

ABSTRACT: 'The Word & The World' @TRSChester

Conference ‘Call for Papers‘ (and yes, I am a day late, so no idea if it will considered or not) Name: Dr Bex Lewis, CODEC (Centre for Christian Communication in a Digital Age), Durham University Paper Title: Engaging in Discipleship in a Digital Age 200 Word Abstract: The ‘digital age’ brings the opportunity for a wider range of voices to contribute to conversations: many online will engage with “church” through their friends rather than formal Continue Reading →

Abstract Accepted: Depicting Death at War

For: http://socrel.org.uk/call-for-papers-socrel-annual-conference-material-religion/ (accepted) Abstract: In the Second World War, the second ‘total war’ of the Twentieth Century, death was a daily reality for both those on the fighting fronts and those on the Home Front in Britain.  The Ministry of Information (MOI), officially formed at the outbreak of the Second World War, was the central governmental publicity machine, working with other official bodies, including the War Office. Its role was to tell the citizen ‘clearly and Continue Reading →

Conference Abstract: Encouraging Faith Voices in Digital Spaces

The following conference paper has been accepted: Conference: Media, Religion & Culture Conference 2012 (Turkey) Stream:Social Media, Religion and CulturesWe live in a ‘digital age’, in a world that is increasingly defined and shaped by the digital. When we talk about ‘unplugging’, we are giving the impression that the effects of digital culture on our life are optional. This paper asserts that the digital is a ‘space’ or ‘culture’, and that there is no such Continue Reading →