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Observatori Blanquerna de Comunicació, Religió i Cultura (Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture)

National Network: 
Spain
Address: 
Carrer Valldonzella 23
Barcelona, 08001
Spain
Telephone: 
0034932531800
Organisation Type: 
Public/Private Non-Profit Foundation
Year of Establishment: 
2012
Fields of Activity: 
General Information: 

Sources of funding: our Observatory is part of the Blanquerna Foundation. We have a Director, a Deputy Director and different members (professors of the Faculty on International Relations and Communication).
We have been granted for a 230.000 2 years project from the EU (50% for our institutions and partners)
Main partners: University of Scotland, Sigtuna Foundation, Museum of Christianity in Slovenija
Other grants: DGAR (Religious Affairs General Direction), Catalan Gouvernement, 5.000 euros to establish our Observatory

Mission and Objectives: 

-To foster interreligious dialogue through media, religion and culture studies
-To be a reference point in Spain for this issues embracing different and plural visions
-To disseminate information, agenda, resources... on media and religion in contemporary European society
-To educate through a Masters Programme in Digital Media and Religion
-To establish a network of institutions and individuals interested in Religion from an accademical but also general point of view

Main Projects / Activities: 

-Project Leaders in the RISECI Project (Religion in the Shaping of the European Cultural Identity). Main partners together with Sweeden, Scotland and Slovenija (2013-2015, cofinanced by the EU, Culture Programme)
-Master on Digital Media, Religion and Organizational Communication (2n edition)
-Conference on Religion and News Media with Prof. Setewart M. Hoover, director, Center for Media, Religion and Culture (Boulder, Colorado), february 2012
-Conference on Understanding Religion in a Networked Society, Prof. Heidi Cambell, A & M University, Texas

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

The Observatory could bring academicians into the field, and the outputs of our common research with our existing partners in Europe.
Since we can interact also in different european languages as greek, italian, french or english, we think that would be also an asset in our context.
Our institution is focused on new media so it is something we could also bring and share in our territory.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

The Observatory wants to be part of a larger network to share and learn new ways to engage in the intercultural and inter religious dialogue. We have followed the ALF activities during the past and would be very happy to interact and grow with you in the intersection that is our main strength: media, religion and culture.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Miriam Diez Bosch
Head of the organisation: 
Miriam Diez Bosch (Director)
Contact (2) Full Name: 
Jordi Sànches Torrents