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  • Emerging church bloggers in Australia: Prophets, priests and rulers in God’s virtual world Paul Emerson Teusner RMIT University – Porticus Fellowship
  • Emerging church
    • Movement or conversation within Protestant and Evangelical churches in Anglosphere and northern Europe
    • “ Postmodern”, “marginal” faith
    • Seeks intimate, active faith communities
    • Uses contemporary technology to explore ancient practices
    • Antithetical to trends seen in both traditional Protestantism and contemporary Evangelicalism
    • Disconnected offline
    Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009
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  • Questions
    • How do those involved in the emerging church conversation use blogging technology to construct individual and communal online religious identities?
    • How do emerging church bloggers in Australia contribute to the construction of an Australian emerging church identity?
    Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009
  • Why?
    • Melbourne priest on YouTube 2006-2007
    • Impact of idea of “network” on understandings of religious identity and communications in Australia
    • Boundaries between author, content and audience become blurred
    Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009
  • Research into religion online Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009
  • Method
    • 30-35 bloggers
    • Discursive analysis of post and comments
    • Textual analysis of design
    • Network analysis
    • Interviews
    Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009
  • Discourse analysis
    • Scollon and Wong Scollon
      • Interaction order
      • Historical body
    • Bucholtz and Hall
      • Indexicality
      • Dialectics
    Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009
  • Discourse analysis Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009
  • Use of graphics
    • Topic of conversation in previous GRCs
    • Martinec & Salway, in Visual Communication 4:3 2005 – provides a taxonomy of picture-word relations
    • Considered the usefulness of analysing use of graphics as “nominative” vs “emotive” expressions of ideas
    • “ Joyous Christian Chick”
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  • Use of graphic in “intertextual play”
      • Feminism/femininity
      • Fun/seriousness
      • Old/new
      • Christendom/foreign
      • Dirt/art
      • Tradition/heresy
    • Active campaign to expose alleged false dualities that we have used to define modern Christianity
    • Challenging previous structures of knowledge
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  • Interviews
    • Cyber-Christian
    • Virtual community and authentic identity
    • Postmodern embrace
    • Globalisation, nationalisation and “glocalisation”
    Paul Emerson Teusner - AoIR Doctoral Colloquium 2009