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From the Amphitheatre to Twitter: Cultivating Secondary Orality in Dialogue with Female Preachers
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Religious Studies and Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2490-8489
2022 (English)In: Studies in World Christianity, ISSN 1354-9901, E-ISSN 1750-0230, ISSN 1354-9901, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 6-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ever since the theory of orality and literacy was introduced, it has provided scholars with a deeper understanding of the intertwined nature of culture and communication, as well as an appreciated tool for analysis. This is true also for the field of World Christianity. As the era of digital media emerged, the theory was developed as a tool to interpret digital culture as a ‘secondary orality’. This article critiques and cultivates this theory, by showing how the analytical tool of orality, literacy and secondary orality might be sharpened. This is done in dialogue with the practice of female preachers. Preaching thus serves as an example for a wider discussion on the development of the theory. The sharpening of the tool is done through letting the complexity of practices inform the theory. Through historical case studies of three strategically chosen female preachers, four questions are identified that would be important to consider when the theory and its developments are used in analysis: genre of communication, the categories of body and space, and how authority is construed. Finally, the cultivated theory is applied in the analysis of a female preacher in a digital culture and space.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. Vol. 28, no 1, p. 6-27
Keywords [en]
secondary orality; world christianity; digital culture
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Practical Theology including Religious Behavioural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1840DOI: 10.3366/swc.2022.0368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-1840DiVA, id: diva2:1757728
Available from: 2023-05-17 Created: 2023-05-17 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
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1. Co-preaching: The Practice of Preaching in Digital Culture and Spaces
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-preaching: The Practice of Preaching in Digital Culture and Spaces
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purposes of this article-based thesis are to explore and understand preaching as a practice in general,and the practice of preaching in digital culture and spaces in particular. Informed by the practicetheory of Theodore Schatzki, it presents the results of a cross-case analysis of four di!erent case studiesof the practice of preaching in digital culture and spaces in Swedish protestant churches. Based on theanalysis, I argue that the deep relationality of the practice of preaching involves not just humans andtexts but also material arrangements and that this feature often is ampli"ed in digital culture and spaces.While there were examples of a decrease, overall, there was an increase in interaction, negotiation, andinterdependency. In light of this, I contend that the practice of preaching in digital culture and spacesis characterized by co-preaching. Moreover, I argue that some of the implications of co-preaching arethe enabling and encouragement of dialogue, imagination, and the priestly function of the priesthoodof all believers, but also an increased vulnerability for the co-preachers involved.

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Stockholm: Enskilda högskolan Stockholm, 2023. p. 253
Series
Dissertationes Theologicae Holmienses ; 2
Keywords
digital homiletics, online preaching, the practice of preaching, digital culture, the preaching event
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Practical Theology including Religious Behavioural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-1842 (URN)978-91-88906-21-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-06-16, Enskilda högskolan Stockholm Sal 219/220, Åkeshovsvägen 29, Bromma, 13:00 (English)
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