Prelude. "You Need a Big God" Fascinating Interactions Between Music and Religion

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Natalie Fritz
Anna-Katharina Höpflinger


The Praelude "You Need a Big God" tries to approach the thematic field of religion and popular music using a variety of music video clips to highlight the manifold interactions and interrelations between popular music and religion. Aspects like the production, distribution and consumption of music that in one or another way deals with religion, religiosity or spirituality are highly significant to understand how both cultural symbol systems affect and are affected by the other.

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Natalie Fritz, Katholisches Medienzentrum Zürich

Natalie Fritz graduated in study of religions and Scandinavian studys at the University of Zurich. She wrote her PhD-thesis on the motif of the Holy Family in contemporary Arthouse Cinema also at the University of Zurich with a three year grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is currently working as a film journalist at the Catholic Media Centre in Zurich and teaches media ethics at the university for applied science in Chur and Bern/Switzerland. Since 2010 she is member of the international research group Medien und Religion.

Anna-Katharina Höpflinger, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

Anna-Katharina Höpflinger is a research and teaching assistant at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. After completing her Ph.D in the Study of Religion, she has developed different research projects in the field of media and religion, particularly focusing on the body, clothing, and gender. She is also interested in religions in the ancient world and in European history, in Heavy Metal and religion, and in charnel-chapels.