Akiva Berger is a doctoral student in the Applied Science Communications Research Group of the Technion and at the Technologies in Education Program at the University of Haifa.
Having completed his MA, which focuses on student-teacher relationships in online settings, Akiva has turned his attention to religious practice as expressed in online environments. His pre-proposal, entitled “Constructing Religious Authority Online: Epistemic Religious Learning Amongst Jewish Religious Zionist Orthodoxy in Israel,” has recently been approved. The study is supervised by Dr. Oren Golan of the University of Haifa and Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari of the Technion.
Berger’s dissertation focuses on the ways in which online religious authority is constructed, socialized and employed by believers in the Religious Zionist community, who use Jewish religious sites. Through his research, Berger aims to shed light on the connection between power and learning in the digital age, illuminating how religious authority emerges under conditions of competition and shifting social circumstances.