Special Issue "Religious Minorities in the Digital Age"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kyriaki Topidi
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Guest Editor
European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Schiffbrücke 12, 24939 Flensburg, Germany
Interests: religious freedom; comparative public law; digital constitutionalism; legal pluralism; minority rights

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transition to the digital age has been described as comparable to the printing press revolution. Characterized by the mixed interaction between artificial intelligence tools and human agency and transnational effects, traditional understandings of religious identity are challenged in many ways. Digital media and digital connections have become important in shaping and reinforcing religious ‘imaginations’ of the self as well as of communities and groups. They provide manifold opportunities to engage and interact, often through new formats and tools.

The focus of this Special Issue will be on approaches from multiple disciplinary sites and the ways that connective digital movements affect religious identification within multicultural societies (including, for example, the adaptation of religious practices, the articulation of identities, negotiation with authorities, etc.). The notions of identity, community, and authority will serve as key anchors to this kind of inquiry.

Given that the online production of religion is not detached from or unrelated to its offline reproduction, we would like to contribute to the mapping of how religious identity is established but also negotiated in what has become the online public sphere. The purpose of this Special Issue is therefore to discuss legal, political, ethical, and other aspects of digital religion for minorities, in light also of gender, race, class, ethnicity or sexuality considerations. We are particularly interested in engaging with the effects of the digital presence of religious minorities on the promotion of cultural/religious diversity in contemporary societal settings. This is because the creation of new narratives and tools/practices of visibility for religious minorities often goes against dominant perceptions. They both open new possibilities but also create dangers for both the groups concerned as well as their identities.

The proposed Special Issue will complement, from an interdisciplinary perspective, the emerging field of the study of digital religion from a minority perspective.

Dr. Kyriaki Topidi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • religion
  • internet
  • identity
  • minority
  • social media

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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