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Summer School on Communication and Religion

During a one-week summer school, communication and theology students will address questions of media and globalization, which are directly related to the theme of religion in the mass media. They will be introduced to different communication theories and get to know the challenges facing communication in the ecumenical movement and in interfaith dialogue.

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Photo: Geronimo Desumala/WCC

Photo: Geronimo Desumala/WCC

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During a one-week summer school, communication and theology students will address questions of media and globalization, which are directly related to the theme of religion in the mass media. They will be introduced to different communication theories and get to know the challenges facing communication in the ecumenical movement and in interfaith dialogue.

The summer school is being organized in cooperation with Northern Caribbean University (Manchester, Jamaica); the Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany); the World Council of Churches (Geneva, Switzerland) and the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC).

The Caribbean region has been selected for this summer school because of its cultural diversity and the potential it has to explore communication rights in a context of colonial and interfaith history. An appreciation of the challenges facing this region is critical to a fuller understanding of contemporary realities and future directions.

Students will work with faculty staff to study some of the links between media, religion, and globalization. The course will be framed around communication rights, communication in the ecumenical movement, media ethics, gender and communication, and communication for social change. The teaching faculty will come from the organizing institutions.

The programme is open to students who have a bachelor degree in theology or a related field and who are interested in ethical and intercultural reflections on communication and media. The objective of the course is to study the ethical and cultural implications of the use of media in an international, intercultural and inter-confessional context.

Participants must be aged under 32 years, fluent in English, and be post-graduate students in communication and theology. They will be expected to attend the complete course, to take exams and to write a final paper.

WACC is offering a limited number of scholarships for students from countries in the global South to take part in the Summer School. To be considered please send your curriculum vitae together with a letter explaining why you wish to attend the summer school to the following e-mail address: SummerSchool@waccglobal.org

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2016.