12 List of Contributors – Social Media and Religious Change

12 List of Contributors
Nathan Abrams is Professor of Film Studies at Bangor University in Wales. He
has published extensively on Jewish film and new media, including most recent-
ly The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cin-
ema (Rutgers University Press, 2012). He is also the founding co-editor of Jewish
Film and New Media: An International Journal. He is currently working on two
book-length projects; the first explores ethnicity in the films of Stanley Kubrick,
while the second is titled The Hidden Presence of Jews in British Film and Televi-
sion (contracted to Northwestern University Press).
Sally Baker is an independent scholar. Her initial career was in biomedical sci-
ence, but later she followed her long-standing interest in the social sciences,
publishing widely on the sociology of education. At present her research is pri-
marily concerned with two broad areas: national identity and neoliberal welfare
reform. Sallys work has led her to an interest in French social theory, particular-
ly the work of Pierre B ourdieu, and she is currently working on new applications
and developments of Bourdieusian sociology.
Brian Brown is Professor of Health Communication at De Montfort University. The
core of his work has focused on the interpretation of human experience across a
variety of different disciplines, including health care, philosophy, education and
spirituality studies, exploring how this may be understood with a view to im-
proving practice and with regard to theoretical development in the social scien-
Heidi Campbell is Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M Univer-
sity, where she teaches in Media Studies, and Director of the Network for New
Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies. Her research in religion and new
media appears in numerous publications, including the Journal of the American
Academy of Religion, New Media and Society, Journal of Computer-Mediated Com-
munication and Journal of Contemporary Religion. She is the author of Exploring
Religious Community Online (Peter Lang, 2005) and When Religion Meets New
Media (Routledge, 2010) and editor of Digital Religion: Understanding Religious
Practice in New Media World (Routledge, 2013).
Gordon Fletcher is Senior Lecturer in Information Systems at Salford University
Business School, Manchester. His research focuses on specific examples and ex-
periences of digital culture and practice. He has published work around conflict
with online finance communities, economies within virtual game worlds and
practices of online grieving and mourning. He is currently collaborating with
Maria Kutar and Marie Griffiths on work related to the quantification and visual-
ization of individual digital footprints and digital identity. Other work includes
the examination of science fiction and the use of science fiction prototyping
in business development and innovation.
Drake Fulton is a graduate in Communications from Texas A&M University. He is
currently working as an accounting analyst for a non-profit company and aspir-
ing to become a math teacher.
Marie Gillespie is Professor of Sociology at The Open University and Co-Director
of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (www.cresc.ac.uk). Her re-
search interests include globalisation and culture; media, migration and trans-
nationalism; and South Asian and Middle Eastern diasporas. Her latest book, Di-
asporas and Diplomacy: Cosmopolitan Contact Zones at the BBC World Service
1932 2012 (with Alban Webb), was published in 2012. www.open.ac.uk/
Anita Greenhill is Senior Lecturer at Manchester University Business School. She
received her PhD from the Engineering & Information Technology Faculty, Grif-
fith University in 2002. Prior to her appointment Anita was employed as a lectur-
er in Information Systems in the Faculty of Management and Commerce and in
the Faculty of Computing & Information Technology, both at Griffith University.
Anita has over 60 published articles in various fields of interest and expertise,
including Information Systems; Virtual Communities; Sociology; Skills Acquisi-
tion in Information Technology; Gender and Information Technology; Informa-
tion Technology, Policy and Education; and Qualitative Research Methods.
Rebecca Haughey is a graduate in Communication and English from Texas A&M
University. She is currently a copy editor and freelance writer for a business-to-
business publishing company in New York.
David Herbert is Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Agder, Nor-
way. He was formerly Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion at the Univer-
sity of Groningen, Netherlands, and Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Religious
Studies at the Open University, UK. His main works are Religion and Civil Society
(Ashgate, 2003), Religion and Social Transformations (ed., Ashgate, 2002), Creat-
ing Community Cohesion: Religion, Media and Multiculturalism in North West Eu-
rope (forthcoming with Palgrave, 2013).
12 List of Contributors
Kim Knott is Professor of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. Her research
interests include the theorization of space and place; the interrogation of reli-
gious and political spaces; spatial metaphors in religious and political discourse;
the relationship between religion and non-religion; the secular sacred; media
representations of religion; and religion and its intersections with migration, di-
asporas, diversity and ethnicity. Her recent publications include Media Portrayals
of Religion and the Secular Sacred: Representation and Change (co-authored with
Elizabeth Poole and Teemu Taira, forthcoming with Ashgate, 2013), Diasporas:
Concepts, Intersections, Identities (co-edited with Seán McLoughlin, Zed Books,
2010), and The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis (Equinox, 2005).
Gordon Lynch is Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology at the University
of Kent . His broad area of research interest is in the cultural study of religion and
the sacred in modern Western society. His main focus is on the development of a
cultural sociological approach to the study of the sacred, where the sacred is un-
derstood as what people collectively experience as taken-for-granted moral real-
ities that exert an unquestionable claim over social life. He has developed this
work through two recent books, The Sacred in the Modern World (Oxford Univer-
sity Press, 2012) and On the Sacred (Acumen, 2012).
Arjen Nauta is a Masters student in Political Science at National Sun Yat-sen Uni-
versity in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Previously he obtained Bachelors degrees in His-
tory and Religious Studies and a Research Masters degree in Religion and Cul-
ture at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He completed a
traineeship at the Dutch Embassy in Libya and studied Arabic in Damascus.
Stephen Pihlaja is Assistant Professor of Language and Literature at the Univer-
sity of Nottingham, Malaysia campus, where he teaches courses in linguistics.
His research interests include metaphor, computer-mediated communication/
discourse, conversation analysis, impoliteness and inter-religious and inter-cul-
tural dialogue.
Elizabeth Poole is a Senior Lecturer in Media, Communications and Culture at
Keele University and Co Programme Director of the BA Media, Communications
and Culture. She has written widely in the area of the representation and recep-
tion of Muslims in the news and is author of Reporting Islam: Media Represen-
tations of British Muslims I.B Tauris and editor, with John Richardson, of Mus-
lims and the News Media I B Tauris. She has recently completed a 2 year AHRC/
ESRC research project, with Prof Kim Knott (Leeds), on Media Portrayals of Reli-
12 List of Contributors
gion and the Secular Sacred and a project with Dr Siobhan Holohan (Keele) for
the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, Muslims in the European Mediascape.
Teemu Taira holds a Research Fellowship from the Academy of Finland at the De-
partment of Comparative Religion, University of Turku, Finland. He is the author
of Notkea uskonto (Liquid Religion, 2006), co-author of Media Portrayals of Reli-
gion and the Secular Sacred (2013) and co-editor of The New Visibility of Atheism
in Europe (special issue of Approaching Religion, 2012). His articles on religion,
discourse, media and atheism have been published in edited volumes and jour-
nals, including Religion, Culture and Religion and Journal of Contemporary Reli-
Lyn Thomas is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies in the Institute for the
Study of European Transformations (ISET), Faculty of Social Sciences and Hu-
manities, at London Metropolitan University. Her writings include Annie Ernaux:
An introduction to the writer and her audience (Berg, 1999), Fans, Feminisms and
Quality Media (Routledge, 2002) and Annie Ernaux, à la première personne
(Stock, 2005). She has edited a collection on Religion, Consumerism and Sust ain-
ability: Paradise Lost? (Palgrave, 2010) and co-edited T he Theory and Politics of
Consuming Differently with Kate Soper and Martin Ryle (Palgrave, 2008). In 2 011
she co-authored a research report, Suspect Communities? Counter-terrorism pol-
icy, the press and the impact on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain, with
Mary Hickman, Henri Nickels and Sara Silvestri. She has co-edited several issues
of Feminist Review, including Religion and Spirituality with Avtar Brah in 2011.
12 List of Contributors