Special Issue "Film and Lived Theology"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (4 January 2016).
Interests: film theory; media and culture; religion and film; film production
This special issue of Religions will focus upon overlapping areas of cinema and Judeo-Christian theology in their “lived” or “experiential” dimensions. Both theology and cinema studies have shown recent interest in these lived, experiential aspects, as seen in William Dyrness’s Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life, Paul Gavrilyuk and Sarah Coakley’s The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity, the rise of neo-phenomenological film theory (e.g., Vivian Sobchack, Jennifer Barker), as well as a renewed “embodied” emphasis in the humanities and cognitive film theory.
Rather than a focus on issues of religious representation in film—where and how religious people are exemplified, or religious events are depicted—these essays will outline and detail how film can give us an experience that is theologically loaded and significant. In other words, theological ideas can and will be present, but the emphasis here is on how these ideas are known through living, sensing, and feeling. In this light, the cinema functions more in the mode of sacrament and ritual than dogma, creed, or sermon illustration.
Prof. Dr. Joseph Kickasola
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Barker, Jennifer. The Tactile Eye: Touch and the Cinematic Experience, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.
Dyrness, William. Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdman’s, 2010.
Gavrilyuk, Paul and Sarah Coakley. The Spiritual Senses: Perceiving God in Western Christianity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014
Marks, Laura U. The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment and the Senses. Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.
Plate, S. Brent. Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.
Sobchack, Vivian. Carnal Thoughts: Embodiment and Moving Image Culture. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.
- film studies
- film theory