Apps in Religion

Team members: Mark R Johnson, Diana Chester, Frances DiLauro

This project foregrounds social change introduced by the adoption of apps and smart connected devices in religious rituals and practices across Australia. This is particularly salient in the contemporary covid-19 context, which predicates a complete shift from in-person to virtual participation in regular religious congregations and rituals. Moreover, pervasive automation of daily routines creates new dependencies on software while affording unprecedented levels of data collection about its users. For these reasons, understanding the features, uses, and ecosystems of mobile technologies for religion will trace and document the change in religious practices among faith communities in Australia, identifying potential benefits and concerns.