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.
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?
The May 2019 issue of JRFM has been published on pinpoint:Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media, edited by Paola von Wyss-Giacosa and Cristiana Facchini
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.
For any questions, please contact the issues editors.
"Von Rabenvätern und Übermüttern. Das religionshistorische Motiv der Heiligen Familie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Religion, Kunst und Film", edited by: Natalie Fritz, 2018, Religion, Film, Medien 3, Marburg: Schüren
"Weltentwürfe im Comic/Film. Mensch, Gesellschaft, Religion", edited by: Christian Wessely and Theresia Heimerl, 2018, Religion, Film, Medien 2, Marburg: Schüren
"Leid-Bilder. Die Passionsgeschichte in der Kultur", edited by: Natalie Fritz/Marie-Therese Mäder/Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati/Baldassare Scolari, 2018, Religion, Film, Medien 1, Marburg: Schüren