A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2011, the Religion in Society Research Network explores the relationship between religion in society and the changing nature of spirituality. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Thirteenth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2023 Special Focus—Religion in the Public Sphere: From the Ancient Years to the Post-Modern Era
  • Theme 1: Interdisciplinary Approaches
  • Theme 2: Human Rights and Policy
  • Theme 3: Narratives and Identity
  • Theme 4: Culture and Education

Research Network Chair

Dr. Luis G. Roger-Castillo

Dr. Luis G. Roger-Castillo

Center of Byzantine, Modern Greek and Cypriot Studies, University of Granada, Spain

Host Partner

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