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About the Journal for Religion, Film and Media

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, in May and November.

JRFM is edited by a network of international experts in film, media and religion with professional experience in interdisciplinary research, teaching and publishing, linking perspectives from the study of religion and theology, film, media, visual and cultural studies, and sociology. It is published in cooperation between different institutions in Europe and the USA, particularly the University of Graz, the University of Munich and Villanova University, in cooperation with the Schüren publishing house in Marburg.

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  • 2023-11-16

    New issue "Here Be Dragons. East Asian Film and Religion" is available now online and as print on demand

    This issue brings together contributions on Japanese, Chinese and Korean films, including one additional glimpse to South Asia, presenting portrayals of independent filmmakers, highly renowned classics, but also examples of manga and anime, the cyberpunk genre, or on most recent highly successful streaming series. The issue aims to pique curiosity and to encourage readers to delve more deeply into the multifaceted and intriguing relationship between religion and media in Asia.

    Edited by: Christian Wessely, Franz Winter, and Yukihiko Yoshida

  • 2023-06-12

    Call for Papers. Escaping the Moment. Time Travel as a Negotiation of Transcendence

    JRFM 10/2 2024 (November 2024); Deadline submissions: 10 February 2024

    Escaping the Moment. Time Travel as a Negotiation of Transcendence

    Time travel is transcendent per se, as it goes beyond physical boundaries and exceeds what is empirically observable. However, the idea of travelling through time is possible as a thought experiment in different media representations. It forms a meaningful topic in the fantasy and science fiction genre. In this upcoming issue of JRFM, we will reflect on different media representations of time travel and their connection to transcendence.

Current Issue

Volume 9, No. 2Here Be Dragons. East Asian Film and Religion

Published November 15, 2023

Issue description

Media industry is a vibrant element of East Asian popular culture that has become increasingly important on a global level in the last decades. Japanese, and recently South Korean and Chinese films or TV series have a growing and worldwide audience not least because of easier ... See the full issue

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