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Master class: Considering trends towards networked religion in online and offline cultures

Wanneer:wo 06-03-2013 10:00 - 13:00
Waar:Faculty of Thelogy and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen, room 123

This class surveys current research related to religious practice on the internet. It has been observed that religious practice online is marked by a set of common characteristics, shaped by the network structure and functionality of information communication technologies. The idea of “networked religion” encapsulates how religious experience, belief and practice are lived out online though dynamic social relations and personalized interactions. The network image helps us examine the complex interplay and negotiations occurring between the individual and community, new and traditional sources of authority, and public and private identities in a network society. It will also be discussed how the characteristics of network religion also provide an interpretive model for explaining wider trends towards lived religion within contemporary culture.

Recommended Reading: Heidi Campbell, editor (2012) Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds. London: Routledge.

Lecture: Dr. Heidi Campbell, Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M, and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies.

Organisor: Faculty Research Colloquium