Mission - Section ll

Section II - Virtual Worlds - Old Rituals in New Worlds?

Virtual worlds such as "Second Life" offer a rich space for constructing religions and rituals in a playful environment. But are the activities there mere play? Or do rituals in these contexts respond to other desires and purposes? To find answers to these questions we will apply approaches from Media and Communication Studies, Art History and the Social Sciences. Representatives from disciplines dealing with problems of new media and their usage will present their ideas and approaches to the internet and new media. Also taken into consideration are participants viewpoints concerning the power of virtual worlds.