Digital Effervescence

When and Where

Thursday, March 25, 2021 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Audrey Rochette, Rasheeda Qureshi, Dr. Bhante Saranpala, Rev. Sky Starr, Prof. J. Barton Scott, Prof. Julie Vig


As scholars of religion and citizens of Toronto, we are interested in how religious communities in the GTA have been adapting to life online. Scholars of religion have long talked about what they call “collective effervescence”—the electric energy that bubbles up in crowds and is integral to so many aspects of religious life. Many scholars would say that there’s no way to replicate this energy online, without the physical presence of human bodies. We beg to differ. We think that both universities and religious communities have been devising new forms of collective life and new kinds of energy during this crisis period, and we are eager to document how.

We invite you to come and hear from a diverse panel of religious leaders for a conversation on how religious communities have changed and adapted during the pandemic, facilitated by scholars from the DSR.

Please register for the event here.