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.

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Media, Power, Religion: Reconfigurations in Postcolonial Societies 

This issue of JRFM, wants to explore the reconfigurations of media, power and religion in postcolonial societies. The editors are interested in analyses of the implication of media (broadly understood) in social and political configurations, especially regarding the relationships of power, ‘religion’ and cultural dynamics in postcoloniality and/or drawing on indigenous resources (Africa, South America, South and South-East Asia, indigenous communities), in present or past contexts.

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The Materiality of Writing. Books in Religious Traditions

Since its invention, writing is a prominent technique that has shaped religious traditions profoundly. Books are precious repositories, they preserve religious messages and enable their transmission through time and space. In this issue of JRFM, the religious role and significance of writing, books and scripture are discussed by focusing on their materiality and visuality. We welcome contributions dealing with writing as a material activity and books as objects.

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Religion and Popular Music

The autumn issue 2020 of JRFM is dedicated to the topic of religion and popular music. We understand popular music in a broad sense as music that is culturally relevant and distributed through other media (radio, television, LP, CDs, mp3, the internet, etc.). Popular music as one of many means of religious communication transmits not only emotions and a feeling of community but also religious knowledge. Knowledge that penetrated popular culture and left diverse traces in different times and places. We are inviting scholars to submit articles that approach the field of religion and popular music from one of the following perspectives: – Theoretical and/or methodological reflections on the interrelation between religion and popular music. – Diachronic approaches that focus on the transformation of the impact, use, and forms of religious music across time. – Synchronic approaches that analyze the effects of religious songs, biblical lyrics or narratives in different cultures. Interested?

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Vol 6 No 1 (2020): Science Fiction and Religion

In science fiction films, we explore remote universes and use yet unknown technologies – the world as we know it is left behind. But although the technical devices in these films are impressive and the science advances in huge steps, the protagonists still search for a superior entity, for the main creator, for a god, for a lost paradise… The human quest for knowledge and for the unknown does not end, and the questions remain the same: What is humankind in relation to the undiscovered universe? Are we, in the near future, able to unravel all the mysteries that have always been tantalizing scientists and religious seekers? What ethical challenges might this progress bring? Will we become gods, “creating” humans by writing genetic codes using synthetic biology? The Interactions between science fiction and religion are manyfold and amazing …

Published: 2020-05-15

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