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Participating in the Sacred: Deities, Domains and Digital Communities II 
Oren Golan (University of Haifa)
Michele Martini (Università della Svizzera Italiana)
Ben Kasstan (London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine)
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Oren Golan (University of Haifa)
Nurit Stadler (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 03/011
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

The panel spotlights communal participation in online settings and sets to explore how religious communal involvement is realized through digital media to congregate, practice rituals, maintain cohesion or digitise religious activities.

Long Abstract:

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and catalysed the ways in which religious communities embrace online means to congregate, practice rituals, maintain cohesion and digitise their collective activities amidst the threat of social fragmentation. Nevertheless, scholars have highlighted the ways in which religious devotees adapt online means to congregate, practice rituals and maintain the community, its boundaries and its social representation. In this panel, we spotlight the ways that communal participation is achieved through the myriad affordances of cyberspace. Thus, the panel explores the question: how is communal participation through digital media (re)negotiated? This line of inquiry aims to reveal how communal involvement is realized through digital media including official websites, blogs, social media, films, television series, and web series.

We invite scholars who employ ethnographic and netnographic accounts, and network analysis to shed light on these communities and their digital representations. This panel aims at fostering our understanding of key categories that are at the heart of current debates in anthropology and media studies, such as:

- Negotiation of online/offline religious life.

- Emergent roles of online authority.

- Anthropology of mediatization.

- (Self-)Representations of religious communities in the media.

- The ways the religious third space is constructed and mediated.

- Online religious identity building and/or networking.

- Minorities and diaspora collectives over the net.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -