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Faith 2.0: Religion and the Internet - Afternoon session

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Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Afternoon Session


As the winds of political change are channelled through fibre-optic cables and wireless internet waves across North Africa and the Middle East, we are reminded once again of the remarkable paradigm shift ushered in by the internet. This shift has impacted nearly every area of contemporary life, and religion is no exception.

Faith 2.0 will explore this, one of today’s most pressing questions: How has religion been impacted by information technology and how has the public sphere in turn been influenced by this interaction?

The RSA is delighted to be working in association with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Durham University to present this special one-day conference, which will include world renowned scholars, policy makers and religious leaders whose work covers the positive, negative, and the outright surprising elements of this new and dynamic exchange.

Panellists and audience members will engage in a lively discussion on the topics of Religious Identity and Internet; Religious Communities Online; and Religious Authority and Online Extremism.

Afternoon Programme

13.30 Keynote speech: Catherine Wybourne, Holy Trinity Monastery
14:30 Short break
14:45 Panel 3: Religious Authority and the Growth of Online Extremism

How has the internet destabilised traditional structures of authority? Has the internet facilitated the creation of new lines of authority in their place? Who has the power?

With: Rev Canon Robin Morrison, the Bishop's Adviser for Church and Society in Wales; Joshua Fouts, co-author of Carnegie Council Report “Digital Diplomacy: Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds"; Alexander Hitchens, research fellow, the Kings' College International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation; Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan, scientist, lecturer & activist; Gary Bunt, senior lecturer in Islamic studies, the Higher Education Academy, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Moderator: Lorne E Dawson, professor of sociology, University of Waterloo
16:00 Tea/Coffee - Networking Opportunities
17:00 CLOSE
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When & Where

Durham House Street entrance
WC2N 6EZ London
United Kingdom

Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM (BST)


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