Within the fragmentation of spaces for the construction of meaning and the growing mobilization of religious identities in the public sphere, the COVID-19 pandemic context caused an explosion of digital activism. The creation and circulation of content in which the mixture of different fields of knowledge and symbolic universes proliferated on social media. In this context, in previous field research we have identified the circulation of content between activisms in Mexico and Spain linked to religious groups. Likewise, we identify an increasingly important use of scientific arguments within debates around the body and gender.
The aim of this project is to recognize and examine the key scientific and religious arguments on the body related to gender and sexuality debates mobilized by religious and non-religious activists on social media platforms. More specifically, the project will identify profiles and narratives in which religious and non-religious beliefs intersect with the human body’s life science and biomedical knowledge within digital activists -advocates and organizations- in the Spanish and Mexican contexts.
This project is guided by the following questions:
- How do religious and non-religious beliefs intersect with the human body’s life science and biomedical knowledge in the arguments deployed by digital activists -advocates and organizations- in Spain and Mexico?
- Which are the relevant social media for these intersections?
- Which are the key scientific and religious arguments they use?
- Is there a border between what is considered legitimate/illegitimate in the scientific field? Does religious/spiritual knowledge contribute to shaping this border?
Coordinated by: Dr. Cecilia-Delgado Molina (Principal Investigator).
Co-investigators: Dr. Rafael Cazarín (ISOR UAB), Dr. María del Rosario Ramírez Morales (University of Guadalajara; Mexico) & Erick Adrián Paz González (UNAM, México)
Research assistant: Núria Semís Campos.
This project is funded by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society (INSBS).