The 'ARC Journal'
The "Religion and Social Communication, Journal of the Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC)" started in 2003 as a regular activity of the center. The founder and that time Dean of St. John University's Graduate School for Religion and Philosophy, Prof. Kirti Bunchua, was the first editor. He succeeded the first ARC Director, Maryknoll Fr. James Kofski, who set the first steps for the center since 1999. As a first step in those days, he had developed an extensive documentation website, which was to quite extent Chruch-oriented. A newsletter also existed for a short time to support a network of researchers.
The "Journal" is published twice a year which means once every year academic semester. It features original articles but also presentations from ARC Rountables and covers a variety of fields - from philosophy, theology, culture in relation to social communication as a communication of and in human society.
The contributions from different Asian countries are in no way confined to technical means (media) but are especially also concerned about culture and cultural/ religious expressions. The publication, which goes mainly to the members of the ARC Research network and their institutions, also includes occasional reports and professional information as well as reviews of books which have a special relation to the field.
Researchers, scholars, and educators are invited to contribute completed works under the following topics:
- Coommunication within Religions
- Religion, Communication and Society
- Religion, Culture and Communication
- Religion in Social Communication networks
Now in its 10th year (2003-2012) of publication, the ARC Journal has become an important instrument for research and thinking far beyond the center in Bangkok, and even beyond Asia.