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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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  • 2022-05-17

    Call for Papers: The Handmaid’s Tale. Connecting Literature, Film, Politics, and Religion (Deadline: June 30th, 2023)

    The editors of JRFM invite contributions for the May 2024 issue that address the multifaceted and controversial roles of religion in The Handmaid’s Tale in and beyond the novel of 1985. Consideration of the various ramifications of this narrative in different media and decades and of its impact on politics and social debates are welcome, as is in-depth analysis of The Hand­maid’s Tale that focusses on the role and significance of religion, references to the history of religions, and ethical and philosophical aspects as well as its social criticism. Different approaches can be taken and a variety of questions asked, such as:

    • How is religion represented and which aspects of religion are addressed in Margaret Atwood’s novels from 1985 and 2019? What is the religious background of Gilead? Whose interests does it serve?

    • Can we identify a change in how religion is represented in the novel’s adaptations for different media, including audio-visual versions, the graphic novel, and performed iterations? Why?

    • What is the hermeneutical dimension of the Bible in The Handmaid’s Tale?

    • Which contemporary dimensions of religion and society are challenged by the narrative universe of The Handmaid’s Tale?

    • What could be the role of dystopian narrative in staging religion today?

    We hope for an innovative scholarly discussion across a broad spectrum of case studies that includes the different adaptations and further works inspired by Margaret Atwood’s novel. Scholars of literature, cinema and media studies, theology, and the study of religion, as well as of sociology or political sciences and other disciplines are invited to contribute to this issue.

  • 2022-05-17

    Call for Papers: Here Be Dragons. East Asian Film and Religion (Deadline: February 15th, 2023)

    This issue of JRFM will explore aspects of this multifaceted relationship between religion and movies or tv series. Contributions might include questions such as:

    • How religion and religious traditions are portrayed in East Asian films.

    • In what way characters in the films and their plots are guided by religious patterns and traditions.

    • How religious iconography is used or referred to in the films.

    • How films mirror recent changes in the religious landscape of East Asia.

    We invite contributions from scholars from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including – but not limited to – religious studies, theology, media studies, sociology, digital anthropology, film studies and cultural studies.

Current Issue

Volume 8, No. 2Academic Teaching with Short Films in Religion and Ethics

Published November 15, 2022

Issue description

How do we pedagogically engage films in the ethics and religious studies classroom How do our research interests shape or enrich our pedagogical practices How is our scholarly engagement with film challenged by our teaching experiences And how, in our pedagogy, do we take i ... See the full issue

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