Religion and Fandom: Sofia Jelovac published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Sofia Jelovac  published an article entitled “Religion and Fandom” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal. Her work explores the parallels between religious form (as outlined by Durkheim) and fandom through a study of the dynamics of Coldplay and the Coldplayer fanbase. By examining the division of the sacred and the profane, within the realm of fandoms and their interaction rituals through concerts and other forums, Sofia illustrates how fandoms and religious forms constitute and create forms of belief and meaning. Her analysis of the Coldplay fandom invites further critical exploration of modern-day phenomena in relation to religious form by examining devotion based, meaning-making processes.

Sofia is in her fifth year at the University of Toronto, where she is studying sociology and socio-cultural anthropology. She studies sociology due to her interests in the ways that human interactions occur, such as forming relationships and establishing meaning within larger social structures in society. More specifically, she is interested in exploring areas of sociology that are often overlooked, such as the sociology of interactions, patterns, and symbolism that people create and experience on a daily basis, which include topics of consumer society, domestic violence and social networks. Her favourite sociology course has been SOC499: Sociology of Disability, because it taught her how to question the definitions, representations and depictions of disability that are often implicitly and explicitly taught and exposed to society through social relations. In the future, Sofia hopes to become a social worker and therapist to nurture, empower and help others, which would combine her interests in sustainability, travel and human connection.