First time, Fifth International Roundtable on “Religion and Communication in a Multi-religious Setting: An Asian Perspective” is being organized in India at Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) campus, from October 16 to 18, 2012.
The Roundtable is jointly hosted by Asian Research Centre for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) Bangkok, MICA and TALEEM Research Foundation, Ahmedabad at MICA Campus. The earlier four Roundtables were held in Bangkok Thailand on which several scholars from India had participated including Co-hosts of the Roundtable Dr. Binod C Agrawal of TALEEM Research Foundation and Dr. Arbind Sinha of MICA.
Academic leaders in studies on religion and communication scholars from Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, France, Germany and India are participating in the Roundtable to discuss, debate and exchange views on possible influences of digital and new media communication on major religions like Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism and Sikhism in cross national prospective. Participants are expected to share their research findings during three days meet. Apart from scholarly exchange, participants plan to experience Gujarat culture, tradition and visit other communication institutions.
The scholarly papers have been divided under three broad areas; 1. Communication within religion 2. Religion Communication and Society, and 3. Religion Communication and Culture.
The Founder of the Religious and Social communication Research in Asia, Professor Dr. Franz-Josef Eiler, Director of Asian Research Centre Bangkok expressed his happiness to be in India and hoped to enlarge the scope of religious communication understanding.