Be there.

I’ll be participating in two panel discussions at the Mormon Media Studies Symposium on Thursday, November 11 at 10 am and 1 pm. Abstracts for my gigs are below.  Check out other awesome possibilities in the symposium schedule.  See you there!

Panel: “Mormon Media Studies: Across Web Time, Cyberspace, and Blogging Disciplines”

Panel Moderator: Emily W.Jensen: MormonTimes.com Bloggernacle columnist

Abstract: Mormon bloggers will discuss why blogging is a valuable media outlet and illustrate how it promotes conversation. Discussion topics include sharing Church resources, breaking global boundaries, balancing life as blogger/mother, tracking a 25-year-online journey, and encouraging literary talent.

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Panel: “I Am A Mormon Woman: Female Latter-day Saint Identity On The Internet”

Panel Moderator: Catherine Matthews Pavia: Ph.D., Faculty Associate, English Department, Arizona State University

Abstract: The founders of three LDS women’s online destinations will discuss how personal stories and discussion enhance the sense of community among women in the world-wide church, balanced with a celebration of the diversity of personal choices, background, ethnicity, and age. This panel will also discuss how women’s voices online contribute to the management of the church’s image on social networking and new media sites.

About Kathryn Soper

(Founding Editor) is the author of the memoir The Year My Son and I Were Born (Globe Pequot Press, 2009) and the editor of four published anthologies. She contributes to Mormon forums from Meridian Magazine to Sunstone on a variety of topics including gender issues, disability, mental health, sexuality, family life, and spirituality.