The UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites organizes a panel discussion titled:

Pilgrims in the digital age. Towards a map of the overlapping area among eTourism, eReligion, eLearning

Friday 18th September 2015, 17.30, USI Lugano, room A22

Three experts will discuss the topic:

Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M University, USA)

Massimo Introvigne (Center for Studies on New Religions, Italy)

Erkki Sutinen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)

The panel discussion will be introduced and moderated by Lorenzo Cantoni (USI, Lugano), UNESCO Chair holder

About the speakers:

Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M University, USA)

Professor within the Department of Communication, Heidi’s research areas are: social shaping of technology, rhetoric of new media, and themes related to the intersection of media, religion and culture, with a special interest in the internet and digital, mobile culture. She is director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies, and has written over 60 articles and book chapters on religion and new media.

Massimo Introvigne (Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni – CESNUR, Italy)

Founder and managing director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR), Massimo is the author of tens of books and articles in the field of sociology of religion and was the main author of the ‘Encyclopedia of Religions in Italy’. In 2011 he has been Chairperson on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination at OSCE: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He is professor of Sociology of religious movements at the Università Pontificia Salesiana (Turin, Italy).

Erkki Sutinen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)

Professor Sutinen received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Helsinki in 1998. He now works within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Eastern Finland and has an interest in the research area of design of computer applications for education, communication and development (ICT4D) with particular interest in visualization and text analytics. He is also an ordained pastor at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

The event is organized within the initiatives of the doctoral school CROSS-FIELD: CROSS-FertilizatIon between formal and informal Learning through Digital technologies, a joined program of USI, EPFL and UNISG, founded by the Swiss National Research Foundation.