Anthropological study of religion-themed mobile apps underway

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A researcher at Florida Atlantic University is looking for research related to the use of religion-themed mobile apps, recently putting out a call for papers on the topic.

Jacqueline Fewkes is an associate professor of anthropology at the university and is a cultural anthropologist who has worked in many different parts of the world. She is now working on a volume of work to explore from an anthropological perspective the impact of mobile apps that focus on religious practice, communities and religious issues, according to a call for papers posted online.

The idea is that apps may create complex sites for potential new forms of religious expression, worship, discussion and practices. Fewkes uses the examples of Roman Catholic confession apps and Jewish Kaddish assistance apps.

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