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2010 CGA Conference: New Technologies and Interdisciplinary Research on Religion
CGA's annual spring conference was successfully concluded on March 13th.
The two-day conference featured 6 panels and 18 presentations by scholars from 13 universities and 4 countries, drawing 60 some attendees from Harvard and beyond. Over a dozen posters were on display in the Friday poster session. The presentations included the collection of large data sets, the nature of measurements, and the construction of interactive websites. Some presentations discussed the application of GIS to substantive research in different geographic regions of the world. Scholars also presented cutting-edge programs that they had developed giving the audience a glimpse of the ways in which information can be linked and collected.
Jeff Howry and Joseph Greene won the Outstanding Poster Award with their poster titled "Over the Horizon: Phoenician Navigation & Sacred Landscapes". Some of the early feedbacks from the attendees characterized the event as "broad reaching", "intellectually stimulating", with "enormous amount" of information. The main purpose of the conference, to bring scholars from various disciplines to discuss their use of new technologies in their research on religion was achieved. Some speakers are suggesting a follow up conference to continue the discussion.
The presentation slides, video recording and poster files will be made available with authors' permission on the CGA website.
View the schedule of speakers and abstracts of talks in the official Workshop Program.
2010 CGA Conference Presentations
March 12, 2010
Panel I: Interactive Geospatial Databases
Moderator James Robson
Panel II: Religion, Data and Technology
Moderator Peter Bol
Panel III: Christian Missions and Their Secular Consequenses
Moderator Suzanne Preston Blier
"Religion and Economic Change over a Century: Linking Diverse Historical Data to Understand the Roots of Long-term Change"
by Robert Woodberry and Juan Carlos Esparza Ochoa
Introduction Presentation PDF
Panel IV: Mapping Religious Adherence
Moderator Rachel McCleary
March 13, 2010
Panel V: Religion in China
Moderator Lex Berman
"GIS Network Analysis of Historical Socioeconomic Relations between Muslims and Buddhists in Northwest China"
by Karl Ryavec
Panel VI: Religious Cultural Patterns across Geography
Moderator Sumeeta Srinivasan
Closing Remarks and Poster Award
Rachel McCleary and Peter Bo
2010 CGA Conference Posters
Spatial Intelligence for Religious Studies
Temporal-Spatial Analysis of Guatemala’s Religious Competition and Affiliation
Rachel M. McCleary, Jeff Blossom, and Jose Pesina
Geospatial Analysis of Medieval Churches in Iceland
John Wall, Dr. Margaret J. Cormack, and Dr. Norman S. Levine
Hewn Words: Deciphering the Tizoc Stone
Over the Horizon: Phoenician Navigation and Sacred Landscapes, part 2, part 3
Jeff Howry & Joseph Greene
Baptist Networks in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century U.S.
Bengali Intellectuals and Decolonization: Visualizing Oral Histories Using Digital Tools
Patrick Florence and David Grogan