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The Impact and Role of Computer Games and New MediakraddeWimmerCP_B1•Strübing_15832-7•6

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 08:20:45 +0000

by Katharina Weiss In his lecture on Saturday, 08/07/10, Dr. Jeffrey Wimmer, researcher at the institute of media science and communication studies at Technische Universität Ilmenau with a focus on virtual worlds and digital games, provided an intensive insight in his collection of data and statistics done in 2006/07. A large amount of gamers and […]

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‚Serious Gaming‘ or ‚Ludic Culture‘? – Preaching Islam to Videogame GenerationkraddeVit_4NATO CommanderVit_1ANewDawnCoverquraishAssassins Creed

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 17:16:49 +0000

by Erik Munder At the Summer School ‚How Virtual is Reality?‚ in Bremen 2010, Vit Sisler lectured on Islam respectively Muslims in video games in general; Islamic educational video games and video clips from the Arab world, Iran and the United States. His aim -as articulated in his abstract- was to show how private companies […]

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Digital Games and ReligionkraddeWiemkerPrototypingFreepolySLGame_2SLGameReligionMunkinStoneIntoleranceRedButton

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 08:18:12 +0000

by Annette Juretzki If you think about „Digital Games and Religion“ you don’t really expect the creation of board games, hence the teaching unit of Markus Wiemker was quite surprising. An imaginary NGO concludes a contract to design a board or card game which transmits the message of peace and supports the tolerance for different […]

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Religiousness and God in Computer GameskraddeMystery-of-the-SithBlack_&_White_CoverartLeft_Behind_-_Eternal_Forces_CoverartCalvin

Fri, 22 Oct 2010 05:50:52 +0000

by Simon Heider A lecture that deals with Computer games – The eyes of many people would light up immediately and they would start to listen with eager anticipation. I also was curious what Michael Waltemathe would tell us about „Religiousness and God“ in Computer games. The first part of the lecture dealt with the […]

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Researching the Everyday Mediatization of ReligionkraddeHepp_Auditorium

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 11:55:56 +0000

by Xabier Riezu Arregui “Mediatized Worlds of Religion: Researching the Everyday Mediatization of Religion Empirically” was the title of the lecture on August 05. The professor Andreas Hepp of the University of Bremen talked to us about the importance of taking mediatization processes into account in our research projects. His lecture was aimed to provide […]

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Visiting St.Pixels. Church of the InternetkraddeSt Pixels_logoSt Pixels_AvatarSt.pixel2St.pixel3picture-1

Fri, 15 Oct 2010 07:48:40 +0000

by Stacey Pitsillides Within the post I will try to give a brief overview of our excursion to St Pixels, some history on the formation of the ‘virtual church’ and some insights into the type of feeling and questioning this experience instigated in me, and the group at large. There was an air of excitement […]

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The Role of Ritual: Experiencing Death in Internet Ritualjw

Sun, 10 Oct 2010 15:56:10 +0000

by Lolita Šteinberga (University of Latvia) At July 29 morning I arrived in Bremen, I went there to attend the summer school „How virtual is reality?“. I have many questions about reality and virtuality role in human social life, about the border that separates and unites this two worlds; about methods and theories to explore […]

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Fieldwork in Second Life: Theory in Practicejw

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 10:07:24 +0000

by Niels de Jong ‚Go forth and do likewise‘ – L. Nader [1] In a figurative way, ‚ethnography‘ spells ‚doing‘. As fun as it is to read about ‚doing ethnography‘, eventually one has to do it in order to know what it is all about. Luckily we had enough time to practice during the second […]

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Ethnography in the Virtual World, the Virtual Body and “Being Different”kraddeGregRiannonGreg2Greg1

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 07:38:33 +0000

by Riannon Clarke On Wednesday, Greg Grieve, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, encouraged those interested in virtual-world ethnography to “Be Different.” He outlined a theoretical framework for his several-year research in Second Life that provides an explanation for the possibility of immersion in virtual worlds, a crucial aspect […]

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