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About the Journal for Religion, Film and Media

JRFM is a peer-reviewed, open access, online publication. It offers a platform for scholarly research in the broad field of religion and media, with a particular interest in audio-visual and interactive forms of communication. It engages with the challenges arising from the dynamic development of media technologies and their interaction with religion in an interdisciplinary key. It is published twice a year, in May and November.

JRFM is edited by a network of international experts in film, media and religion with professional experience in interdisciplinary research, teaching and publishing, linking perspectives from the study of religion and theology, film, media, visual and cultural studies, and sociology. It is published in cooperation between different institutions in Europe and the USA, particularly the University of Graz, the University of Munich and Villanova University, in cooperation with the Schüren publishing house in Marburg.

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  • 2024-06-14

    Call for Papers. Death, Loss and Mourning in Film and Media

    JRFM 2026, 12/1 (May 2026); Deadline submissions: 1 June 2025

    Death, Loss and Mourning in Film and Media

    What are then the narratives the media and popular culture offer us about death? How can media, online spaces, influencers, and popular culture be a part of loss and mourning? What notions of an afterlife do films and the online world provide? How are religious imaginaries about death reinvented in media representations? These are some of the questions we encourage authors to explore in this upcoming issue of the Journal for Religion, Film and Media. Though focusing on death, this issue is also very much about life. It aims to highlight how death, loss, and mourning is also a part of what it means to be human, a notion not always acknowledged in today’s culture.

  • 2024-05-06

    Call for Papers. Exploring the Diversity of Representations of Islam in Film and TV Series

    JRFM 2025, 11/2 (November 2025); Deadline submissions: 15 February 2025

    Exploring the Diversity of Representations of Islam in Film and TV Series

    This issue of JRFM examines the diversity of media representations of the rich and varied world of Islamic traditions and practices. We recognize that Islam and film interact on many levels, in particular as this medium provides a space for exploring contentious themes, for challenging stereotypes, and for experimenting with imagination. This issue investigates this fascinating field by specifically exploring the breadth and depth of the relationship between varied practices and traditions of Islam and audiovisual media, particularly films and TV series.

Current Issue

Volume 10, No. 1Fiction, Religion and Politics in The Handmaid’s Tale.

Published May 15, 2024

Issue description

Since its publication in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale, a novel by Margaret Atwood, has had an enormous impact on different media productions, from opera to graphic novel to a much-acclaimed TV series. The novel develops a disturbing vision of the theocratic, totalitari ... See the full issue

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