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 at May 15th and November 15th.

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.

Dr. Peter Hasenberg retires from Advisory Board


We regret to announce that Dr. Peter Hasenberg has retired from his job and, consequently, resigned from his membership in the JRFM Advisory Board.

We are most grateful for his support and his many invaluable contributions in the years between 2015 and 2021 he made. We will miss him and we hope he will stay in touch with us as a regular reader and - maybe - a peer reviewer from time to time. Thank you so much, Peter!

Call for Papers


Paradise Lost. Presentations of Nostalgic Longing in Digital Games

Paradise Lost expresses – or imagines – the human experience of a definite rupture in history, the inextinguishable urge to return to the period before the rupture and – unable to do so – thus constructs an idealized version of this past to long for. In addition to literature and art, the 20th and 21st centuries have seen a new arena for narratives and iconographies of Paradise Lost emerge: digital games. We invite contributions that explore the theme of Paradise Lost in the context of digital games from various cultural and religious backgrounds that take the debate beyond a western and Christian context.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Theoretical and Methodological Challenges in Media Ethics and Religion

With the media playing a crucial role in how we communicate with each other and how we perceive the world, other people, and ourselves, consideration of the ethics of media practices is both necessary and valuable. This
issue will focus on the interface of media ethics and religion. Religious actors are producers and consumers of media, but vice versa too, religious symbols, worldviews, and narratives are omnipresent in the media.

Call for Papers


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.

Vol 7 No 2 (2021): Media and Religion in (Post)Colonial Societies: Dynamics of Power and Resistance

Media are contested spaces which express and shape people’s lives and realities. They contribute to forming structures of oppression and of resistance, can facilitate social change, create alternative realities, or provide a venue to imagine different forms of living together. Media, the spaces they create and the spaces we create through them, are part and parcel of power dynamics in societies shaped by competing interests. 

The articles in this issue of JRFM focus on how religion and media participate and complicate power dynamics between what is often perceived of and stereotyped as the “west” and the “rest”, between colonizers and colonized. The contributions shed light on how colonial and resistant agendas draw on media for various purposes, e.g. identity-formation or propaganda. Resisting exclusive readings of images and objects, the studies in this issue are examples for the multi-layered, and often contradictory, processes of power and resistance in colonial and postcolonial societies. They offer rich material as waypoints to reconsider theoretical and methodological questions in the study of media and religion in postcoloniality: from a discussion about the power and creative possibilities of graphic novels, film versions of the Rāmāyaṇa, missionary visual propaganda, Puerto Rican artwork, to social and digital media practices in the Netherlands.

Starting with the cover image by Indian graphic novel artist Amruta Patil and an interview with her as the opening contribution to this issue, we invite you to join our authors on a journey that turns ancient mythologies into lived experiences, and media into spaces of variegated practices.

Edited by Philippe Bornet, Stefanie Knauss and Alexander D. Ornella

Published: 2021-11-14

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