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.
|13.30||Keynote speech: Catherine Wybourne, Holy Trinity Monastery|
|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|
When & Where
For more than 200 years, the RSA has provided platforms for leading public thinkers. That tradition lives on in our free events programme.
What can I expect when I attend your events?
Our events typically last between one hour and one hour fifteen minutes, the speaker or speakers will present for the first half of the event before we open the debate up to you in the audience. You are welcome to ask a question or make a comment but please try to be concise and to the point so other members of the audience can get involved in the discussion too.
All of our events are audio and video recorded and are made available on our website to watch and listen to again. Please be aware that by attending our events you may be visible in the audience in photos or in the video of the event, and if you ask any questions these are likely to feature in our podcasts.
The information you provide when registering for an event will be retained by the RSA and will be used to record attendance at the event. The RSA may occasionally contact you regarding future events or other RSA work that might be of interest to you. If you would prefer not to receive correspondence from the RSA then please email email@example.com to let us know.