Transformations in the field of religion

Communicative Figurations of the construction of religious authority in Catholicism


Principal investigator: Jun. Prof. Dr. Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

Project Assistants: Sina Gogolok, Hannah Grünenthal

Religious authority serves as a fundamental concept in religion. However, in mediatized cultures and societies such apparently non-negotiable patterns become increasingly debated within and beyond religions. This change of communicative figurations of religious authority has to be analysed if one wants to understand present religious change in general.

The project analyses communicative figurations of recent catholic authority in Europe. This involves the question of how intensively these communicative figurations have changed with increasing media coverage. As part of the Creative Unit, the subproject will serve as an exploratory pilot study for communicative figurations of religious authorities in Germany, focusing on the archdiocese of Cologne. The media appropriation is explored at the levels of the religious institution, religious groups within and beyond the religious institution (“We Are Church e.V.” Cologne, Benedictine Cologne and four selected municipalities of the Cologne diocese), and by means of media diaries, network cards, and qualitative interviews. In addition, a qualitative media analysis of the communication media used on the various study levels will be undertaken.

The Communicative Figurations of Religious Authority in the Archdiocese Cologne are analysed on different levels

  • the Archdiocese Cologne as religious institution,
  • Benedictines Cologne, Cologne's local group “Wir sind Kirche e.V.”
  • laic members of four selected communities of the Archdiocese of Cologne

Research Field: Field

Publications:

Radde-Antweiler, K. (forthcoming): Transformations in the field of religions. communicative figurations of religious authority in recent catholicism. In: Canadian Journal Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses. Special issue on religion and new media.

Radde-Antweiler, Kerstin/Grieve, Gregory/Zeiler, Xenia (2015): Special Issue Special on Current Key Perspectives in Video Gaming and Religion. In: gamevironments #3 (2015), http://elib.suub.uni-bremen.de/edocs/00104918-1.pdf.

Radde-Antweiler, Kerstin/Grieve, Gregory/Zeiler, Xenia (2015): Introduction. In: In: gamevironments #3 (2015), 1-6. verfügbar unter http://elib.suub.uni-bremen.de/edocs/00104918-1.pdf

Radde-Antweiler, Kerstin (2015): Current Key Perspectives in Video Gaming and Religion: Theses by Kerstin Radde-Antweiler. In: gamevironments #3 (2015), 30-36. Verfügbar unter nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00104923-13

Radde-Antweiler, Kerstin/Zeiler, Xenia (2015): Methods for Analyzing Let’s Plays: Context Analysis for Gaming Videos on YouTube. In: gamevironments #2 (2015), 100-139. Verfügbar unter: nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-00104729-10.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): Das Medienereignis ‚Papst Franziskus‘. Eine mediensoziologische Perspektive. In: Theologisch-praktische
Quartalschrift
01/2015.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2013): Authenticity. In H. Campbell, Ed. Digital religion: Understanding religious practice in new media worlds. New York u.a.: Routledge, 88-103.

Presentations:

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): "Mediatisierte Religion. Einblicke in ein neues Forschungsfeld", Doktorandenkolleg der Universität Graz, 03. Dezember 2015, Graz, Österreich

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): Roundtable Discussion "Crafting the Study of Religion and Video Games: A Roundtable Discussion of Key Perspectives", Jahreskonferenz der American Academy of Religion (AAR), 20. - 24. November 2015 in Atlanta, USA

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): "Gamevironments: Religion and Games in Mediatized Worlds", PhD seminar: Video Gaming, Culture, and Religion, University of Helsinki, 1. - 2. Oktober 2015 in Helsinki

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): "Religion und Rituale zwischen 0 und 1. Die Kirchen und ihre Akteure in mediatisierten Lebenswelten", Evangelische Akademie Loccum "Mache den Raum deines Zeltes weit - Formen der Glaubenskommunikation im Social Web", 15. November 2015

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): "Mediatized Self-Crucifixion on the Philippines", Vortrag auf der Internationalen Konferenz der International Association of History of Religion (IAHR), 23. bis 29. August 2015 in Erfurt

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): Panel "Mediatized Religion in Asia" (Co-Presidency with Xenia Zeiler) auf der Internationalen Konferenz der International Association of History of Religion (IAHR), 23. bis 29. August 2015 in Erfurt

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): Panel "Journalism and Religion. Critical Terms in Public Discourse" auf der Internationalen Konferenz der International Association of History of Religion (IAHR), 23. bis 29. August 2015 in Erfurt

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2015): Panel "'Mediatized Catholicism.' Communicative Figurations of Religious Authority in Recent European Catholicism" auf der Internationalen Konferenz der International Association of History of Religion (IAHR), 23. bis 29. August 2015 in Erfurt

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2014): Panel “Mediatized Religion in Asia” (Co-Presidency with Xenia Zeiler): AAS in Asia Conference, 7.2014, Singapur.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2014): “Mediatized Self-Crucifixion on the Philippines: Transformations and Negotiations of Cultural Heritage”, AAS in Asia Conference, 7.2014,  Singapur.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2014): “Mediatisierte Religion. Einblicke in ein neues Forschungsfeld“. Vortragsreihe „Junge Religionswissenschaft“ der LMU München, 5.6.2014, München.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2014): “The Role of Online-Dictionaries in Theology”. Christian-Islamic Spring Academy, Evangelische Akademie Tutzing ‘Dictionary of Dialogue – Reflections on Structuring Knowledge in Islamic and Christian Theological Encounter’, 9.-13.2.2014, Tutzing.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2014): “Transformation Processes in the Field of Religion. Communicative Figurations of the Construction of Religious Authorities in Recent German Catholicism”. Conference “Media and Religion: The Global View”, 1.2014, Boulder/USA.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2014): “Religion zwischen 0 und 1. Was sagt die religionswissenschaftliche Forschung zu religiösen Online-Angeboten? Eine Uni für alle“. Haus der Wissenschaften, 1.2014, Bremen.

Radde-Antweiler, K. (2014): „Religion 2.0: Konstruktionen religiöser Autorität in und durch moderne Massenmedien“, Ratskeller-Universität, 1.2014, Bremen.