April 24, 2018—April 26, 2018

Representing Religion

Bloomington, IN

Join us in Bloomington April 24-26 as leading scholars, students and prominent journalists from Algeria, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States participate in Indiana University’s first “Representing Religion” symposium.

Speakers will analyze examples of storytelling and describe ways journalism and other media forms can create more ethical, accurate and humanized representations of people caught up in situations that implicate religion. 

“Our mission is to build bridges between academics and journalists, showcase best practices in reporting, and help bring about a better-informed public,” said IU Media School Professor of Practice Elaine Monaghan, organizer of the conference, which is funded by a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. Monaghan worked closely on the project with Professor Winni Sullivan in IU’s Department of Religious Studies, who is among leading IU faculty from the Media School, Department of Religious Studies and School of Global and International Studies who will join discussions throughout the symposium. 

Students from Monaghan’s “Covering Ireland” semester-long reporting course will present and discuss reports they produced following a spring break reporting trip to Belfast, Dublin and other locations in Ireland. Topics including Brexit and the Irish border, Dublin’s Sufi community, Irish wakes, single parenthood, justice for sex abuse and Magdalene Laundry survivors, an August visit by Pope Francis, and life in Northern Ireland 20 years after its peace deal. Bringing together students of international studies, journalism and religious studies, this interdisciplinary work, based on deep reading, research and painstaking reporting, is at the heart of this project.