JRFM publishes articles in English that focus on visual and audio-visual media, feature films, documentaries, advertising, interactive internet-based media and other forms of communication and their interdependence with contemporary or historical forms of religion. It critically reflects on theories and methods, studies on inter-mediality, and phenomenological and comparative approaches to media and religion across different cultures and periods. The main focus lies on contemporary phenomena, but diachronic analysis of the interaction between film, media and religion is also promoted as an essential facet of study. The journal also focuses on the transmission of visual and audio-visual media on the internet, which has significant impact on the reception processes of feature films, art and music in relation to religion.
It is an online, open-access publication with print-on-demand as an option. It appears twice a year in May and November and includes generally six articles and reviews on books, films, game, exhibits and other relvant media and events.
JRFM provides immediate open access. The content of JRFM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. The copyright for the Logo of the journal is held by the Schüren Verlag, Marburg, Germany.
The idea of JRFM dates back to 2013. Christian Wessely (University of Graz) and Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati (then University of Zurich) sketched the project of a peer-reviewed, open access online journal to offer a platform for discussion in the field of media and religion in Europe. Soon Bärbel Beinhauer-Köhler (University of Marburg), Anna-Katharina Hoepflinger (then University of Zurich), Stefanie Knauss (University of Villanova), Marie-Therese Maeder (then Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Alexander Ornella (University of Hull) and Davide Zordan (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento) joined to form the Editorial Board and developed the project.
Searching for a competent partner in publishing an academic journal on media and religion, the Schüren Publishing House (Marburg, Germany) was chosen for the print-on-demand-version, which is also available.
The first issue of JRFM was published in November 2015. In March 2016, Philippe Bornet (University of Lausanne) joined the Editorial Board as the successor of Davide Zordan, who was very important for our project, when he died, too early, on October 25, 2015. In 2018 Natalie Fritz (Catholic Media Centre Zurich) joined the Editorial Board.