Agana-Nsiire Agana (Recipient of SGSAH scholarship, Nominee: Millennium Excellence Awards Ghana)
Thesis title: A Digital Theological Investigation of Identity Among Ghana's Christian Youth
Agana-Nsiire Agana is a second year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, where he obtained his MTh in World Christianity in 2020. A contribution to the emerging field of digital theology, his PhD research is an empirical and theoretical investigation into how social media influence processes of personal identity formation among young Christians in Ghana and how this complicates traditional theological understandings of personhood. Before obtaining a B.A. in Theological Studies, Agana also trained and worked as a software entrepreneur in Ghana.
B.A. Theological Studies
MTh World Christianity
Responsibilities & affiliations
World Christianity Programme Rep (2019/2020, 2020/2021)
Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity the History of the Mission
Society for the Study of Theology
THET 08018 - The God(s) of the Philosophers: Proposals and Problems
PHIL11159 - Philosophy of Religion
THET11046 - Philosophy, Science, and Religion 2: Life and Mind
Digital culture and theology
Science and religion
Current research interestsA contribution to the emerging field of digital theology, Agana's PhD research is an empirical and theoretical investigation into how social media influence processes of personal identity formation among young Christians in Ghana and how this complicates traditional theological understandings of personhood. Before obtaining a B.A. in Theological Studies, Agana also trained and worked as a software entrepreneur in Ghana.
Past research interestsFree will and divine omniscience
Agana has spoken at Black History Month Scotland on epistemological decolonisation in the academy, 2020. He also shares insights from his research via the Instagram handle @Technophany, which will also be made into a podcast.
Affiliated research centres
Global Earth Day 2018. A day-long forum on the effects of plastic pollution. Hosted by the Ghana Education Service at the University of Ghana.
Conference Administrator, Yale-Edinburgh Group Annual Meeting. Coordinated the organisation of the 2021 annual conference of the Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission on the theme: Oral, Print, and Digital Cultures, hosted by the Centre for the Study of World Christianity University of Edinburgh and co-sponsored by Yale Divinity School.
Scholars at the Periphery. Panel on Decolonialisation and Religion in Africa.
GoneDigital Conference 2021. Annual conference of the Digital Theology Network.
iFaith Workshop, Theme: “Rewiring the House of God: Religious Self-World Relations in the Digital Environment.”
7th Africa Together Conference, “Strides of Change.” Hosted by the African Society of Cambridge University.
4th Princeton Humanities Colloquium, “Africa and the Digital Humanities.”
International Research Workshop: Social Media and Religion. Methodological and Theoretical Approaches to social media research.
New College Postgraduate Colloquium 2021. Delivered outline of PhD research entitled “A Digital Theological Investigation of Identity among Ghanaian Youth.”
Yale-Edinburgh Conference on World Christianity and the History of Mission 2021. Delivered a paper entitled: "Save the Date! Pre-Wedding Photos, Social Media, and Church Authority."