Research Projects

Department of Catholic Theology 

Religious Communication on Social Media

Project Reference Number: H1-FB07


Intakes

  • Spring (April - June)
  • Fall (October - December)

Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Supervisor 
Institute of XY
Department XY
Goethe University Frankfurt
Website:


Project Description

Within the area of "Religious Education and Media Didactics", the Catholic Theology Department conducts ongoing research on the visibility of religious cultures, religious practices of individuals and institutions online. One research focus is on religious communication, especially on social media platforms, f.e. Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Another research focus is on educational practices and teacher education with informal learning approaches.

For a clearly delineated research project within the GREP, individual conceptions with the applicant will be agreed upon. They depend on current research specifications of the institute and can be influenced by the personal and educational interests of the student researchers, as well as their professional, linguistic and geographical background. Examples for research projects: Creating Catholicism online from a female perspective, religious adoptions of internet phenomena, ritual practice in Instagram Stories, representation and individuality of RE teachers on Instagram, educational chats on Twitter as teacher training, reflections on imagery of institutional authority, interreligious dialogue in online platforms, Learning opportunities for RE on YouTube.

A thorough preparatory reading is required, as well as initial experience with methods of qualitative social research. 

It will possible to complete the agreed project within 12 weeks. During this time, data collection, data preparation and data analysis will take place. The student researchers are accompanied in directed studies by the head of the institute, individually or in small groups. A supportive co-supervision within the department is offered. The research insights of the GREP projects are presented and discussed in the internal research colloquium and will be included in science communication. The data collected will be integrated into further research and a joint publication.


Pre-requisites for project participants:

  • First experiences in qualitative research 
  • enhanced knowledge on media and communication 
  • interests in the field of religious studies and religious education

Recommended literature and preparations:

  • Campbell, Heidi A. (Hg.) (2012): Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media. New York: Routledge.
  • Grant, August; Sturgill, Amanda F. C.; Chen, Chiung Hwang; Stout, Daniel A. (Hg.) (2019): Religion Online: How Digital Technology Is Changing the Way We Worship and Pray. 2 Bände. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • Lövheim, Mia; Hjarvard, Stig (2019): The Mediatized Conditions of Contemporary Religion: Critical Status and Future Directions. In: J. Relig. Media Digit. Cult. 8 (2), S. 206–225.
  • Sloan, Luke; Quan-Haase, Anabel (Hg.) (2017): The SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods. London: SAGE.

Institute of XYZ

XYZ

May 24th, 2021 - 

July 30th, 2021

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Prof. Dr. Supervisor 
Institute of XY
Department XY
Goethe University Frankfurt
Website:


Institute of XYZ

XYZ

May 24th, 2021 - 

July 30th, 2021

Research on xy...

Prof. Dr. Supervisor 
Institute of XY
Department XY
Goethe University Frankfurt
Website:


Institute of XYZ

XYZ

May 24th, 2021 - 

July 30th, 2021

Research on xy...

Prof. Dr. Supervisor 
Institute of XY
Department XY
Goethe University Frankfurt
Website:



Contact

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Global Office
Eschersheimer Landstraße 155
c/o House of Labour
60323 Frankfurt am Main | GERMANY

Patrick Stärke
GRE-Programme Management 

Phone: +49 (0)69 798 17247

E-Mail: grep@uni-frankfurt.de 
E-Mail: p.staerke@em.uni-frankfurt.de


Patrick Stärke
GRE-Programme Management
International Office

Goethe University Frankfurt | Campus Bockenheim
Bockenheimer Landst. 133 | 60325 Frankfurt am Main | Germany
Phone +49 (0)69 798 17247
E-Mail: p.staerke@em.uni-frankfurt.de