Louise Connelly, Ph.D., is a tutor of Buddhism at the University of Edinburgh. Her Ph.D. thesis entitled 'Aspects of the Self: An analysis of self reflection, self presentation and the experiential self in selected Buddhist blogs'. Her research interests include early Buddhism, visual culture, the use of social media, and Buddhist ritual and identity in the online world of Second Life. Her recent publications include ‘Virtual Buddhism: An analysis of aesthetics in relation to religious practice within Second Life’ (2010), in Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet and ‘Virtual Buddhism: Buddhist ritual in Second Life’ (forthcoming), in Campbell, H., Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media Worlds.
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