Building for Joy in the Digital World

Project: Research project

Project Details


"Our proposed project considers how the puzzle of joy is compounded by unique pressures on joy in the digital context – an urgent theological issue, given the accelerated movement towards online religious engagement during COVID. Our central question is: how is joy possible online?
We will expand our framework for approaching the relationship between joy, ritual, and spiritual formation, exploring how it applies in the digital world – a space in which activity is digitally mediated and so is less (or differently) embodied. This will involve designing and conducting case studies which compare experiences of joy through communal religious activities in online contexts, in-person
contexts, and hybrid contexts (in which one simultaneously interacts with some people in person, and others virtually)."
Effective start/end date1/03/2231/08/23


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