Journal for Religion, Film and Media (JRFM)

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JRFM publishes articles in English that focus on visual and audio-visual media, feature films, documentaries, advertising, interactive internet-based media and other forms of communication and their interdependence with contemporary or historical forms of religion. It critically reflects on theories and methods, studies on inter-mediality, and phenomenological and comparative approaches to media and religion across different cultures and periods. The main focus lies on contemporary phenomena, but diachronic analysis of the interaction between film, media and religion are also promoted as an essential facet of study. The journal also focuses on the transmission of visual and audio-visual media on the internet, which has significant impact on the reception processes of feature films, art and music in relation to religion.

JRFM is edited by a network of international film, media and religion experts from different countries and with professional experience in research, teaching and publishing in an inter-disciplinary setting, linking perspectives from the study of religion and theology, film, media, visual and cultural studies, and sociology. It emerges from the cooperation between different institutions in Europe, particularly the University of Graz and the University of Munich in cooperation with the Schüren publishing house in Marburg. It is an online, open-access publication with print-on-demand as an option. It appears twice a year in May and November and includes generally 6 articles and 2-3 book/film/game reviews.



Call for Papers: JRFM 2018, 4/2: “Who, Being Loved, is Poor?” Material and Media Dimensions of Wedding

Wedding rituals are performed as a “rite de passage” in diverse cultures and within religious as well as secular contexts in manifold variations. The temporal horizon of the marriage vow might be forever and eternal, until death breaks the couple apart, or just temporary. The ritual can include only two persons or several, groom and bride, two grooms or two brides or a multiplicity of persons in any constellation. For some time now, weddings have become events, a big business with fairs, wedding planners and specific products for the special day(s). Media representations influence the look and performance of weddings, how the festivities are orchestrated and celebrated. And at the same time, many couples are looking for alternative expressions of the wedding ritual.  
Posted: 2017-05-17 More...

Preview: JRFM 2017, 3/2: Using Media in Religious Studies.

Using Media in Religious Studies. Strategies of Representing Religion in Scholarly Approaches. Issue Editor: Bärbel Beinhauer-Köhler.  
Posted: 2017-05-08 More...

Call for Papers: JRFM 2018, 4/1: Trauma, Memory and Religion - Representing Memories of Killing in Film

The sixth issue of JRFM will focus on Trauma, Memory and Religion - Representing Memories of Killing in Film

Please download the complete call HERE and submit your papers on until November 28th, 2017.
Posted: 2016-10-27 More...
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Vol 3, No 1 (2017): Drawn Stories, Moving Images.

Cover JRFM#3/1, Drawn Stories, Moving Images.
Drawn Stories, Moving Images. Comic Books and their Screen Adaptations