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FYI: Call for Chapters: Religion and Discourse Behavior on the Internet


Author: Rotimi Taiwo

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics

FYI Body: Religion and Discourse Behavior on the Internet and Mobile Networks

Editors:
Rotimi Taiwo, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Innocent Chiluwa, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria
Presley Ifukor, University of Münster, Münster, Germany

Religious practices just like every other human social practices has migrated into the virtual space. Studies on religion in the media have identified the close relationship between the two phenomena. While the media is an important forum for disseminating religious information, language is the tool. Scholarship on the study of language and religion has grown exponentially over the years, bringing together perspectives from linguistics, religious studies sociology, ethnography and related disciplines. Discourse Analysis, which is inter- and multi-disciplinary has further encouraged the study of the language of religion in the media. The advent of the new media has provided another platform for the study of the discourse of religion, as different religious practices have found expressions in these new media. Communicating religion has implications for the dissemination of different religious beliefs, since the social media, the Internet and mobile phones have faster ways spreading news. There is a
need for compilation of global academic perspectives on the discourse of religious communication online. Such perspectives will cover different religious practices that can be found on the Internet and mobile telecommunications.

This publication will bring together scholarly perspectives on the interdisciplinary study of language, religion, and media studies. The book will first of all serve as a general reference book for linguists and religious studies experts who are interested in how the new media shape discursive behavior. In addition, it will be of interest to those whose academic and research interests focus on identity formation, construction and expression in the cyberspace. The editors invite abstracts/proposals of contributions from scholars and researchers from different regions of the world on any of the following areas (but not necessarily limited to them):

- Discourse of CyberFaith
- Language in Online Churches
- Discourse in Religious Blogs
- Religious Communities Online
- Discursive Construction of Religion on Facebook
- Discourse of Religious Twitters
- Asynchronous Religious Discussion Groups
- Discourse of Online Preaching
- Online Miracles
- Cyber Spirituality
- Religious Text Messages
- Asynchronous Cyber Religious Rituals
- Discursive Manipulation in Online
- Discourse of Radicalist Religion Online
- Religious Internet Memes
- Discourse of E-Religion
- Pentecostalism Online
- Religious Chatgroups
- Discourse of Religious Practices in Mobile Technologies
- Discourse and Identity in Online Religion
- New Media, Religion and Digital Culture
- Gender in Online Religious Practices
- Humor in Online Religious Discourse
- Discourse and Power in Online Religious Communication

Submission Procedure:
The abstracts/proposals should be 300–500 words in length (excluding bibliography) in Microsoft Word format. An abstract/proposal should contain the following information:
(a) Title of proposed chapter
(b) Name of authors(s)
(c) E-mail address and affiliation
(d) Specific details on area to be covered

They should be submitted to Rotimi Taiwo (ferotai@yahoo.com) or Innocent Chiluwa (robineber@gmail.com) on or before 15th November 2014. The editors will then make a selection of abstracts/proposals in order to ensure coherence of the whole volume. The authors will be notified about the acceptance of their abstracts/proposals by 30th December, 2014. The authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to contribute a chapter of maximum 9,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography) and to peer review two other chapters. A first draft of the individual papers will be due by 1st April, 2015, after which the draft papers will be submitted to internal and external peer review. This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing in last quarter of 2015 by IGI Global Publishing Company, Hershey, New York, USA.

Please e-mail all enquiries and proposal submissions to: ferotai@yahoo.com or robineber@gmailcom.

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