Call for Papers
"Religions on the Internet - Aesthetics and the Dimensions of the
Special issue of "Online - Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the
Internet", due for publication in October 2010
We herewith invite scholars from Religious, Cultural, Social, Media
Studies and other related disciplines to hand in proposals for possible
articles which deal with questions of the aesthtics and sensual
dimensions of religions and rituals on the Internet.
When we look on the various representations of religious groups and
individuals on personal homepages, in weblogs, in virtual worlds or the
like and when we follow their communications on religious topics online,
the visual and auditive aspects of the medium seem to play a major role.
Using pictures, videos, icons, as well as music and other sounds, the
internet users can design a multisensual virtual environment which might
implicate its own notion of 'aesthetics'. This might be the case in e.g.
a virtual Church environment which is embedded in an area with plashy
waterfalls and bird sound instead of organ music or for religious groups
in social networks who link to home-made Youtube videos, online games
and other homepages. But we also must not forget the connection to these
sensual dimensions that refer to and rely on the (offline) bodies of
religious practitioners. Religions and rituals on the Internet might
most probably provoke emotional or other physical reactions.
Furthermore, in transfer processes between the offline and online realm
there might be a redefinition of what seems to be an 'appropriate'
design for religious settings.
As the aesthetic and sensual dimensions of religions and rituals on the
internet are so far a mostly neglected area of research, we call upon
theoretical and methodical reflection as well as on empiric studies
referring to these topics. We are looking forward to receive the title
and a short abstract (max. 250 words) of the planned article until 31st
of March 2010.
Further important dates and deadlines are:
April 15th: Notification on the acceptance of your proposal by
August 31st: Submission deadline for full article
September 15th: Deadline for comments, requests of revisions by the
September 31st: Submission deadline for revised articles
November, 1st: Publication of the Online Journal
Please send your abstract to the following Email-addresses: