Global Perspectives on Religion, Media and Public Scholarship

Tim Hutchings, Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Giulia Evolvi, Sam Han

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This article encourages researchers of religion, media and culture to develop new, global, comparative conversations about the meaning and purpose of public scholarship. Key terms like “religion”, “media”, “publicness” and “scholarship” can be understood and articulated differently in different social, cultural and geographical locations, and dialogue across our academic contexts is needed to help explore these parallels and divergences. This article shares three reflections from scholars who have lived and worked in west Africa, southern Europe and south-east Asia. Each contributor has been asked to address two questions: How do religious communities engage public audiences? And how can (or should) scholars communicate with the public? The conclusion to the article identifies some of the central themes of their responses: secularity, colonial legacies, globalization, power, vulnerability, and the intended audience of our public interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-164
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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