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.
Vol 6 No 2 (2020): Religion and Popular Music
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The articles of this issue explore diverse music genres, from Christian rock to metal and flamenco, all of which in some way interact with religion. In her contribution, Angela Sue Sawyer brings a song by Tracy Chapman and a biblical passage into an ecofeminist dialogue. Reinhard Kopanski explores two reveal-ing case studies of how popular music is used to express Chris-tian worldviews. And Lavinia Pflugfelder elaborates bricolages of religious motifs in heavy metal video clips.As a reference to opera – another important genre of popular music – this issue is structured as an online-journal libretto: It begins with a Praelude, which introduces some of the main arguments. The issue continues with the 1. Act. Each Act, or thematic article, is followed by an Interlude, a short music video review by Katharina Luise Merkert, Eva Meienberg and Yannick Schlote which focuses on a specific religious aspect in a music video. The section concludes with a Postlude, which offers a short synthesis and considers where we might go next.