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 1 (2021): Materiality of Writing. Reconsidering Religious Texts

The May 2021 issue of the Journal for Religion, Film and Media stands at the crossroads of approaches to religion and offers a speculative exploration of texts that considers both procedures and results in researching material religion. Two questions inspire this collection of articles: How does the materiality of a text influence meaning-making processes? How does its materiality impact the multi-layered communication processes in which a text is involved during its long-term transmission? In addressing these issues, we benefit from the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary character of religious studies that characterises JRFM. Fundamental and systematic theology, biblical studies, and the study of religion have developed common methodologies to address the materiality of texts, and although they each have particular foci and explore particular facets, they are part of a mutual exchange. The contributions collected in this issue offer a range of explorations of the different forms of materiality in writing that exemplify both the particularities of approaches and their interaction.

Edited by Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati  and Christian Wessely.

Published: 2021-05-15

Materiality of Writing

Reconsidering Religious Texts. Editorial

Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati, Christian Wessely


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