Iran is holding its second International Conference on Religion and Media this coming November 9 - 12, 2008. Topics of special interest are divided into two areas: Religion and Media Communication, and Religion in the Media. Papers should be submitted soon, by June 15, and decisions on attendance will be made by the end of June. The conference will be held in Tehran and Qom. Following the conference, an optional tour of Isfahan or Shiraz is available.
The email I received notifying me of the conference states, "We cordially invite all media researchers and scholars, representatives from diverse religious traditions, professionals and students involved with the subjects of the conference to attend and submit a paper.... A few scholarships are available to partially subsidize the costs of participants with selected papers."
Alongside the conference will be a Student Workshop on Religion, Peace and Media held in Tehran, Qom, and the beach of the Caspian Sea.
It sounds like a tremendous opportunity for people involved in the study of religion. Please pass this announcement along to others who might be interested.