About Me

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I am a Senior E-Learning Developer at the University of Edinburgh. My research focuses on the exploration of community, identity, authority and ritual within the online context. This includes learning and teaching environments; social media; and virtual worlds such as Second Life.

My Ph.D. thesis is titled “Aspects of the Self: An analysis of self reflection, self presentation and the experiential self within selected Buddhist blogs” (University of Edinburgh, 2012). Recent publications include ‘Virtual Buddhism: An analysis of aesthetics in relation to religious practice within Second Life’, Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet (2010); ‘Virtual Buddhism: Buddhist ritual in Second Life’ in Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds, Campbell (ed.) (2013); and Campbell and Connelly, ‘Religion and the Internet’ in the Encylopedia of Cyber Behavior,  Zang (ed.) (2012). Full list of publications.

> Edinburgh University research profile page

Collaborative Projects

> Marketing & Web Manager (2012-2013) The Religious Studies Project
> Co-founder (2012) Virtual Worlds Research Network – further details.


> Reviewer Information, Communication & Society
> Senior copy-editor (2012-2013) Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture

Online Presence

> Twitter – @virtualbuddhism @lconnelly09
> Blog – Virtual Buddhism

Page last updated: 27 April 2019

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