Internal Dynamics

Module A of the URPP Digital Religion(s)

The main objectives of Module A—"Internal Dynamics"—are the analysis and understanding of individual and communal digital practices connected with specific religious institutions and traditions, beliefs and rituals.

This module examines how the questions of identity and community as well as authority and authenticity are newly illuminated and, potentially, transformed in digital forms of communicative and interactive practice. The perspective of this research module is thus more focused on internal practices and community building in terms of religious self-understanding and the relevant relationships between specific connections to tradition and digitally manifested transformation processes.

In Module A, the fields of linguistics, systematic theology, communication and media theory, sociology of religion, religious studies and practical theology work together to identify, analyze and interpret these forms in which “internal dynamics” are manifest.