Social Media and Human Flourishing
September 16-18 2016
Keynote: Dr. Eric McLuhan
It has now been nearly twenty years since the internet became a defining part of daily human life, and at least five years since social media became a portable and normative vehicle of human interaction.
Data from sources as diverse as neuroscience, psychology, social sciences, education and philosophy are beginning to render a picture of dramatic transformation of the human person. Our brains are being wired differently. The ability to think, to remember, and to contemplate is changing. Social discourse has been affected, especially among the young.
The benefits of digital media are readily visible. Taking a step back, and critically evaluating social media’s effects on human well-being is a task that many scholars are now beginning to undertake.
Theological anthropology can make many contributions to the discourse, and conversely, there is much that can enrich a Christian understanding of the human person from the data of the sciences.
This colloquium aims to address the question of social media and its effects, to evaluate our successes and failures in integrating our digital tools, and to seek norms that might guide us to greater human freedom and flourishing.
Since the colloquium aims to be an interdisciplinary forum, all submissions will be evaluated not only for their technical merit, but also for their accessibility to a multidisciplinary audience. To submit a proposal, email a 250-word abstract by May 31, 2016. Final drafts will be considered for publication in an edited volume.
Please forward inquiries and submissions by email to: email@example.com.
Conveners: Dr. Robert Di Pede and John O’Brien, SJ
The Spirit of Montreal
September 13-15 2017
Keynotes: Rowan Williams and Charles Taylor
This inter-university symposium aims to explore the evolution of Montreal from Catholic mission to multicultural metropolis through the history of the city’s religious communities. Key topics will include the pioneering role of religious communities in healthcare, education, politics, and economy, as well as the interaction of local religious communities not only in regional politics, but in diplomatic missions and international development. Speakers are encouraged to engage contemporary debates on globalization and the secularization of western societies, including the contemporary impact of religion in modern Montreal and the changing complexion of religious communities at a time when the cultural memory of religion has largely disappeared amongst younger generations.
The conference organizers welcome original, high-quality contributions in English or French, which advance the state of scholarly research on the conference theme.
Since the conference aims to be an interdisciplinary forum, all submissions will be evaluated not only for their technical merit, but also for their accessibility to a multidisciplinary audience. To submit a proposal, email a 250-word abstract by December 31, 2016. Final drafts will be considered for publication in an edited volume. Please forward inquiries and submissions by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Convener: Dr. Robert Di Pede