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ARC’ Holds Sixth Roundtable of Scholars from Different Religions

The Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication held its 6th international roundtable of invited scholars from different religions on October 21-24, 2013.

Hosted by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya Buddhist University (MCU) in Chiangmai, Thailand, the event gathered more than 20 university professors, authors and researchers on religion and social communication from six Asian countries. Each participant represented either Christianity, Jainism, Theravada Buddhism, Judaism, or Hinduism.

A total of 14 research works were presented, including an anthropological analysis by Dr. S.M. Michael from Mumbai (India) of the roundtable’s theme “Religion and Social Communication in the Changing Cultures of Asia.” Other notable works were “An Act of Faith: From the Spiritual to the Ritual” about a modern-day, tech-savvy guru by Dr. Chandrabhanu Pattanayak from Gurgaon (India), “Silence: Communication for Evangelization in Digital Culture” by Dr. Min-soo Kim from Seoul (Korea), “Bridging Social Distance to Challenge Paternalism in Sri Lanka” by Dr. Sanjeeva Samaranayake from Colombo (Sri Lanka).

There was also “Judaism and the Digital Culture” by Dr. Yohel Cohen from Ariel University (Jerusalem), the first-ever Judaism representative in the history of ARC Roundtables, and Ven. P. B. Dr. Saneh Pamuangmoon’s (MCU Chiangmai) “Methods of Dhamma Preaching in Lanna (Northern Thailand).”

Next year’s roundtable will be held at Lux Mundi College Seminary in Samphran, Bangkok on October 20-23. ARC was formed at the first roundtable organized by the FABC-Office of Social Communication in 1999. The center which houses a library of more than 4,000 titles on religion and social communication is based at St. John’s University in Bangkok.