Special Issue "Re-framing and Re-focusing Religion and Film in America"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mark W. Graham

East Asian Studies, Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, College of Wooster, OH 44691; USA
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Interests: religion & electronic media; religion & modern/contemporary literature; East Asian religions; religious diasporas and globalizations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The focus of this Special Issue represents an intersection of two important areas of research in Religious Studies. The field of “American religion(s)” is a large, diverse, long-established, and primary sub-field of the discipline as a whole. “Religion and film” is of course more recent but now is also an internally diverse and well-established sub-field in the discipline. This Special Issue of Religions invites contributions from  scholars within and beyond Religious Studies. Contributors are encouraged to consider a wide range of possible intersections of these fields, both in terms of their ‘content’ (American religions, religion in American cultures, American films, film in America) and in terms of the histories and paradigms of their fields that structure questions around "American religions" and "religion and film". The aim of this Special Issue is, through the works contributed, to re-examine the frameworks that have focused attention on these sub-fields of Religious Studies and to open new directions of inquiry into disciplinary questions related to "Religion and Film in America". Scholars are encouraged to re-examine paradigmatic questions and materials and to introduce new materials and questions that might open new directions of inquiry into these fields. What materials and questions constitute the frameworks that bring into focus "American religions" or "religion(s) in America"? What materials and questions constitute the frameworks that bring into focus "religion and film" in an "American" context, or "American religion(s)" in the context of studying film? Can either of these be re-framed and re-focused by means of inquiry into the other? These questions are suggestions meant to invite thinking on this topic, without limiting the topic. Contributions may foreground broad disciplinary questions, as such questions help re-think the materials that constitute the disciplinary entities; alternatively, scholars may focus on specific works or materials (new or classic), as such materials help re-think the categories that have and continue to form these areas of inquiry.

Prof. Dr. Mark W. Graham
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • American religion
  • film
  • popular culture
  • media

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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