Special Issue "The New Visibility of Religion and Its Impact"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 March 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Hoelzl

Department of Religions and Theology, University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
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Interests: Social Ethics; Political Theology; Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy with an emphasis on Schmittian studies; Further research interests include theories of secularisation and what I have called 'The New Visibility of Religion' (in its legal, sociological and political dimension as well as in popular culture ie. film, art and literature)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The New Visibility of Religion thesis has increasingly come to dominate the discourse on religion today. Whether it has been used to demonstrate the enduring importance of religion despite all attempts to explain it away, or, to reinforce a warning of the political and anti-liberal tendencies that religion entails, the term has proved influential for a range of disciplines seeking to understand religion and religiosity in contemporary times.

Apart from the academic difficulties of defining religion, the complexity of the study of new religious phenomena has been enlarged by new forms of social interaction and their rapidly changing nature. Critical discussion of the new visibility of religion therefore requires a full discussion of the insights, limitations, and contested definitions that this new paradigm raises. Traditional parameters, indicators and methodologies used to study religious phenomena seem to be outdated. Innovative analytical tools of critical investigation of religion beyond traditional theories of secularization and religious fundamentalism are needed.

In this special edition new academic fields of the study of religion and theological discourse are introduced by leading experts in their field. The new visibility of religion has not only created a novel awareness of religion today but has also created new areas of the study of religion and the interaction of religion with society and individual social practices. The special issue focuses on three key areas of the study of the new visibility of religion and the impact this new visibility of religion has on our everyday life: 1) Religion in Popular Culture, 2) Post-Humanism and 3) Religion in Contemporary Populist Politics.

Dr. Michael Hoelzl
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Religion and Popular Culture
  • Secularisation
  • Post-humanism
  • Populist Politics
  • Political Religion

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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