Graduate Symposium
Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

April 11th and 12th, 2013
Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street


6:00 pm        Opening Remarks, Dr. Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

6:15-6:45 pm     Keynote Lecture, Dr. Annalisa Buttici (Harvard, Utrecht)
“Religion, Mediation and the Politics of Making Religious Worlds”

6:45-7:15 pm     Questions and discussion

7:15-7:25 pm     Break

7:25-8:00 pm     Film screening:
“Enlarging the Kingdom. African Pentecostals in Italy”
Annalisa Butticci and Andrew Esiebo; 35 min

8:00-8:30 pm     Discussion and closing remarks


8:45-9:00am      Coffee & Breakfast

9:00-10:30am     PANEL A – Big Men: Central Figures Mediating Traditions
Panel Chair: Rami Tanous
“Experiencing religion online: Thich Nhat Hanh, social media, and digitalization” Victor Temprano, McGill University
“Sermon in the Wilderness: Examining Jesus Discourse in Arabic Islamic Literature” Ashoor Yousif, University of Toronto
“Benny Hinn’s Media Empire: Image and Presence in Global Televangelism” Travis Cooper, Indiana University (Bloomington)

10:30-10:45am     Break

10:45-12:15pm     PANEL B – Plugging In & Signing Up: Mediating Communities
Panel Chair: Michelle Christian
“Natural Parenting as Dark Green Religion? Online Communities of Mothers Discussing Religion, Environmentalism and
Technology” Florence Pasche Guignard, University of Toronto
“Niddah on the ‘Net: Jewish Ritual Purity Goes 21st Century” Yoelit Lipinsky, University of Toronto
“Getting It off Your Chest: Confession in a Digital Age” Myra Bloom, University of Toronto

12:15-1:15 pm      Lunch

1:15-2:45 pm       PANEL C – Just Push Play: Music, Games, Videos
Panel Chair: Sean Hillman
“Representations of the Player as Subject Function in Shin Megami Tensei” Cole Sadler, University of Toronto
“Creativity and Media in Church Worship Albums” Courtney Tepera, Temple University
“Women Choosing Islam: The Aesthetic Formation of YouTube Conversion Videos” Krissy Peterson, University of Colorado

2:45-3:00pm        Break

3:00-4:10 pm      PANEL D – Mediation Unplugged: Media, Authority & Immediacy
Panel Chair: Yaniv Feller
“Internet Searchers, God Seekers, and Longing for the Unmediated” Sam Berrin Shonkoff, University of Chicago
“Gender, Christianity and Mediation among the Oksapmin of Papua New Guinea” Angela MacMillan, University of Western

4:15-5:30 pm      ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Mediation’s Promise: Probing the limits of a scholarly turn
Moderator: Nicholas Dion

Dr. Annalisa Butticci, Dr. Pamela Klassen, Dr. Amanda Goodman, Jairan Gahan, Maria Dasios

6:00 pm on       Symposium Party, Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor St. W.)


Thanks to the University of Toronto Graduate Student Union, Department for the Study of Religion, Centre for Comparative Literature, Centre for Jewish Studies, Dean’s Student Initiative Fund (Arts & Science), and the DSR Graduate Student Association for their generous support