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.
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.
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.
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.
Vol 6 No 2 (2020): Religion and Popular Music
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.