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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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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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.

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Vol 5 No 2 (2019): Apocalyptic Imaginings

The thematic section of this issue of JRFM deals with apocalyptic imaginings in literature and film. The articles address issues such as authority, authenticity, belief, imagining social futures, and art as social laboratory. Throughout, the authors employ the lens of “the apocalyptic” to demonstrate how media can address broader socio-political and psychological issues. They can serve as a kind of social barometer to help us identify contemporary angst, anxieties, hopes, and dreams. Doing so, the authors highlight that “the apocalyptic” serves as useful analytical tool that allows us to learn something about society that might otherwise remain hidden. As such, they go back to the Greek origins of the word and show that “apocalyptic work” is the work of revealing and unveiling – both for artists and creators of media texts and for academics as scholars of contemporary culture.

Published: 2019-11-14


Alexander Darius Ornella


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