Ratzon

Hili Ratzon

The unorthodox uses of social networks among Pagans and their effect on creation of new religious patterns and construction of identity.

I am currently a preliminary research student at the department of Communications and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My thesis examines the unorthodox uses of social networks among Pagans and their effect on creation of new religious patterns and construction of identity.

Other current projects on which I am working focus on forms of communication with deities in Paganism and Judaism, their reasons and the differences between them.

The main research interests I pursue include Contemporary Paganism, Religion and Communication, Witchcraft, Social Networks, New Media and Identity Construction, Ritualistic Art and Leisure.


Conference Presentations

December 2013:

“The Crone and the Web: Self-image and coping with loneliness among senior pagan women in social networks” (In Hebrew), Presented at the Israeli Society for History & Philosophy of Science, Fourteenth Annual Conference, Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem.

September 2013:

“Creating handmade wands as serious leisure among witches in deviantART”, Presented at Congresso da Associação Portuguesa de Antropologia, University of Tras-os-Montes and, Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal.

May 2013: 

“Art serving as a tool in the invention of tradition among the Israeli pagans”, Presented at the “5th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, Tel Aviv University.