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2022 Digital Religion Research Award Call for Submissions

The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies (NMRDC; is pleased to announce the call for published works (an article or book chapter) for consideration for the annual Digital Religion Research Award. This award is to recognize outstanding research in the area of Digital Religion studies, which explores the intersection between religion, technology, and digital, networked cultures. Preference will be given to research engaging with the work of Heidi A Campbell, Director of the Network, who is considered a pioneer in the field of Digital Religion Studies. As a Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University, Campbell has written numerous articles and books exploring religious communities use of the Internet, as well as key theoretical works in the study of digital religion. The Award Committee is made up of members of the Advisory Board of the NMRDC Network.

To be considered for this award, submissions may explore themes related to the practice and understanding of religion in online and offline spaces, rhetoric of digital technology, ethical implications of network or mobile technologies, religious engagement with emerging media and how forces of the secular and religious interact in digital cultures.

Interdisciplinary works are encouraged, as well as those addressing at least two of the following fields: Area Studies, Communication, Ethics, Game Studies, Gender Studies, Information Science, Internet studies, Philosophy of Technology, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion and/or Technology, and Theology.

Submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of their: (1) advancement of knowledge in the area Digital Religion Studies, (2) application of Campbell’s approaches and concepts, (3) originality and creativity of research topic, and (4) clear organization and presentation of overall argument.

Awardees will receive an honorarium, plaque, and be invited to give an online guest lecture where the award will be given.

Only single authored works are accepted. Applications and articles may only be submitted for award consideration once. Published materials submitted must have appeared in print between January 2020 to January 2022 to receive this year’s award.

Please send a PDF or electronic copy of the article/chapter to along with a 1-2 page letter, addressed to the committee, which provides an abstract of the work to be considered and a narrative that explains how your article meets the stated evaluation criteria. All submissions are due by June 1, 2022.


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