Gone Digital: How Digitality Disrupts Theology : 14-16 Jul, ONLINE

July 14, 2021 | 7:00 pm July 16, 2021 | 9:15 pm

This conference explores the impact of digitality on theological thought, methodologies and dissemination.

About this Event

This is the first annual conference by the Global Network for Digital Theology. It will be held online during 14-16 July 2021. Registration is free but donations are welcomed.

Three broad areas will be investigated.

1. How digital theology alters/augments theology

Digital technology is today a major cultural force which has significant bearings on human societies and identities. Theological thought and reflection is always historically situated, inevitably shaped by socio-political and even technological dynamics. Thus, how does digitality change the cultural conditions in which theological thought and texts are constructed, and what are the implications for the content of these?

2. The future of seminaries and theology departments and of theological dissemination

Beyond such contextual consideration, the impact of digital technology on theological dissemination is already being felt. Digital technology not only changes the way that theology is taught and disseminated, it impacts where theological conversations take place and who can participate in them. What effect does this have on traditional theological institutions such as seminaries, theology departments and publishers, and how can they accommodate these changes?

3. Digitality and theological method

At a minimum, the very fact that most theologians write on laptops or desktops evidence the impact of digital technology on theological method. Beyond this, digital technology provides new tools for biblical interpretation, and for the analysis of church and world. How does digitality change the methods of theological enquiry?

Schedule (times in GMT):

Wednesday: How digital culture impacts theology

19.00 Session 1 (2 papers)

20.15 Session 2 (2 papers)

Thursday: Digital Dissemination and the Future of Theological Education

19.00 – Session 3 (2 papers)

20:15 – Session 4 (2 papers)

Friday: Digitality and Theological Method

19.00 – Session 5 (2 papers)

20:15 – Session 6 (2 papers)

The Global Network for Digital Theology is a forum for those interested in theological engagement with digital culture and technology. It seeks to define digital theology as a field of study, and give impetus to further research, education and engagement. The network does so in a spirit of collegiality and collaboration. By its nature it is inter-disciplinary, providing a platform for conversations between different disciplines. Beyond academia it engages with religious communities, the tech industry and policy makers.

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