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.

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 interdisciplinary 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.

New Chief Editor


We are proud to announce the "promotion" of Prof. Dr. Stefanie Knauss, Villanova University, to Chief Editor! Welcome aboard, and let us rock the upcoming issues together!

CfP: Science Fiction and Religion


The 2020, 06/01 issue will deal with Science Fiction and Religion.

Even more than other film genres, science fiction movies confront viewers with societal problems and make experimentation with other models possible. Science fiction can thus be connected to explorations of religion, faith, and belief.

Does a machine (a robot, a computer, an android, or a ship) have a soul? What about the concepts of determinism and free will, the bounds between faith, magic, and experimentation? How do films deal with God and the figure of the saviour, or with prophets, priests, imams, and rabbis? How can ideas of time travel and the afterlife be linked with religious beliefs? How can science be related to faith? What about notions of the future? Why are angels and demons and concepts of good and evil (related to theodicy) so popular in science fiction
movies? What is the significance of fictional forms of religion and what is their link to theocracies and dystopian universes?



Media and Digital Technologies in Teaching and Studying Religion
On an ongoing basis, the Journal of Religion, Film and Media invites contributions that reflect on the use of media in the teaching and study of religion from a variety of disciplines with the aim of providing a forum for scholars and teachers to share experiences, best practices and help develop new standards of the use of media and digital technologies in teaching and research. While we welcome contributions that engage the whole range of media, from analogue to digital, from historical to contemporary, we encourage authors to specify their understanding of media and to reflect on media-specific dimensions in their articles.

Media and Digital Technologies in Research
We are particularly interested in how media and digital technologies can be used to study religions or gather data on offline and online practices. Does the use of media technologies add value to the study of religions, do they allow for a better understanding of religious practice, or do they merely replicate, facilitate, or simplify our research practices? We look forward to case studies and research findings that exhibit an innovative use of media technologies.

Media and Digitial Technologies in Teaching
We invite papers and case studies that share best practices in the use of media and digital technologies in educational settings in and outside the classroom to engage students in a novel way. This might include a reflection on which media technologies are used, how they are used, and how they benefit student learning. We are particularly interested in the investigation of teaching practices that encourage students to use media and digital technologies themselves. While papers may engage with pedagogical theories and questions more broadly, we specifically encourage submissions that focus these reflections on the teaching of religion from the perspective of religious studies, theology or other disciplines.

For any questions, please contact the issues editors.

Vol 4 No 3 (2019): Special Edition: Selected Papers of JRFM

In this volume, selected articles from all issues published so far are presented to show the bandwidth of our journal - and, of course, to inspire the public to quote it and to submit papers! Please note that this does NOT go with the notion of a "best of" - production. The articles chosen are representative. The other ones, of course, are excellent as well.


I. Presentation of JRFM
Editors 9
General Information 10
Academic Profile 12
Assessments of Scholarly Quality 13





II. Selected Articles 2015–2018

JRFM 1/1, 2015, 45–56
Mia Lövheim
(Re)Making a Difference. Religion, Mediatisation and Gender

JRFM 1/1, 2015, 23–30
Roger Odin
Religion and Communication Spaces. A Semio-Pragmatic Approach

JRFM 2/1, 2016, 15–22
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
The Pedigree of Dualistic and Non-Dualistic Media. Grasping Extramedial Meanings

JRFM 2/2, 2016, 33–44
Walter Lesch
Realistic Humanism. Luc Dardenne as a Philosopher and Filmmaker

JRFM 3/1, 2017, 123–155
Ken Derry/Daniel White Hodge/Laurel Zwissler/
Stanley Talbert/Matthew J. Cressler/Jon Ivan Gill
Bulletproof Love. LUKE CAGE (2016) and Religion

JRFM 3/2, 2017, 37–51
Celica Fitz/Anna Matter
SinnRäume – An Exhibition on Contemporary Religion in Germany. Exhibition Practice as a Medium in Religious Studies

JRFM 4/1, 2018, 63–77
Freek L. Bakker
Intercultural Perspectives on DAS RADIKAL BÖSE and THE ACT OF KILLING. Similarities and Dissimilarities in Coping with Trauma in Indonesia and Germany, in Southeast Asia and Europe

JRFM 4/2, 2018, 55–66
Arno Haldemann
Charivari or the Historicising of a Question. The Irrelevance of Romantic Love for the Audio-Visual Performance of Marriage in Bern in the 18th and 19th Centuries


Published: 2019-01-28

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