Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. – Old Main Chapel
Sarah Banet-Weiser is Professor and Director of the School of Communi
cation at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. She is the author of The Most Beautiful Girl in the World: Beauty Pageants and National Identity (1999); Kids Rule! Nickelodeon and Consumer Citizenship (2005); and Authentic™: The Politics of Ambivalence in a Brand Culture (2012). She is the co-editor of Cable Visions: Television Beyond Broadcasting (2005), and Commodity Activism: Cultural Resistance in Neoliberal Times (2012). She is currently writing a book titled Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny in an Economy of Visibility, where she explores the dynamics at play between popular feminism and popular misogyny, focusing on how and in what ways these practices circulate on multiple media platforms.
Saturday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m. – Flatirons Room, Center for Community
Kathryn Lofton is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity at Yale University. A historian and cultural critic, her research focuses on the problem of religion in modernity. She has written about modernism, consumerism, celebrity, and secularism. Her book, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon (2011) used the example of Oprah Winfrey’s multimedia productions to analyze the nature of religion in contemporary America. Recent essays have explored t
he relationship between religious history and religious studies; the office cubicle as a religious artifact; the modernist-fundamentalist controversies; and the challenges attendant to the religious studies classroom. During her time at Yale, Professor Lofton has served as an editor-at-large for theImmanent Frame, and has co-curated (with John Lardas Modern) a collaborative web project titled Frequencies. Her book in progress, Consuming Religion, includes examinations of Goldman Sachs, Kim Kardashian, and parenting as subjects for the study of religion.
Thursday January 7, at 2 p.m. – Flatirons Room, Center for Community
Mia Lövheim is Professor of Sociology of Religion at the Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research has focused on religious and gender identity among youth, particularly in online discussion groups and blogs. More recently she has studied representations of religion in the Swedish daily press and how public service media engages with religion and conflict. She is a steering group member of the Linneaus Center of Excellence Programme The Impact of Religion: Challenges to Society, Law and Democracy at Uppsala University. She has been the coordinator of the Nordic Network for Media and Religion and is currently Vice-President of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC). Her work has appeared in the journals Nordicom Review, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, Information, Communication and Society, Religion and Culture and Feminist Media Studies. She is the editor of Media, Religion and Gender: Key Issues and New Challenges (Routledge 2013) and Mediatization and Religion. Nordic Perspectives (with S. Hjarvard, Nordicom, 2012).
Friday January 8, at 6:30 p.m. – Flatirons Room – Center for Community
Carla Jones is a cultural anthropologist whose work analyzes the cultural politics of appearance in contemporary Indonesia. She has written extensively on fashion, manners, domesticity, femininity and middle-class consumption. Her most recent work situates the emergence of a vibrant Islamic fashion scene in the context of broader debates in Indonesia about aesthetics and affect, and in the context of theoretical questions about commodification and sincerity. She is the co-author of Re-Orienting Fashion: The Globalization of Asian Dress with Sandra Niessen, Ann Marie Leshkowich and Carla Jones, eds. Oxford: Berg Press (2003), and her work has appeared in the journals Nations and Nationalism,American Ethnologist, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, and American Anthropologist. Jones is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Friday, January 8 at 9 a.m. – Flatirons Room – Center for Community
Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion & Africana Studies and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University. Miller holds research interests in changing dimensions of religion in the U.S., youth cultures and subcultures, popular culture, identity and difference, and new black religious movements. Her work has been featured in a host of regional and national print, radio, live video, and TV news outlets including NPR, The Washington Post, The Oregonian, The Root, Left of Black, and Huffington Post Live. She has presented her research at colleges, universities, and conferences throughout the U.S., Cuba, Canada and various parts of Europe. Among other publications and forthcoming manuscripts, she is the author of Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge), co-editor of The Hip Hop and Religion Reader (Routledge) and Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US (Bloomsbury) with Dr. Anthony B. Pinn and rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, editor of Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion: Social and Rhetorical Techniques Examined and co-editor of the forthcoming volume Codes of Conduct: Code Switching and the Everyday Performance of Identity with Equinox Press.