ISMRC Special Issue of RMDC on Media, Religion and Secularities
Call for Papers for Special Issue for
Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture
Rethinking Media, Religion and Secularities
Guest Editors: Heidi A Campbell, Texas A&M University & Evelina Lundmark, Agder University
The International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC) is putting together a special issue of the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture. This special issue will feature papers and works accepted for presentation for the 2021 conference and symposium, exploring the relationship between media, religion and secularities. We also welcome other research articles for submission that explore topics that closely relate to the intersections between media, religion and ideas of the secular.
This special issue seeks to interrogate the role media plays in communicating and mediating secularity in contemporary society. We recognize there are multiple forms and manifestations of the secular at work within global society and cultures. Therefore we encourage authors to clearly identify and define the specific cross-societal, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary understanding of the concepts “secular”, “post-secular” and “non-secular” taken in their work. For example, ideas of the post-secular need interrogation in the face of the decline of mainstream churches in North America and yet the rise of popular-folk religions in Nordic and European countries, which challenge the notion of European secular culture. Such trends give rise to contested definitions, and call for considering the very definition of “religion”, and the role various forms of media play in communicating, amplifying and/or shaping secular and post-secular.
Potential articles may address, but are not limited to, the following themes:
Media and the contested visibility of religion
The role of media in framing and promoting various notions of the secular or post-secular
Digital religion and the rise of secular religious-like practices
Secular and post-secular themes in entertainment media
Media and the politicization of the secular
Secular journalism and new religious and secular diversities
Atheism, humanism and nonreligion online
Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion, media and secularities
Religious and secular (il)literacy among media audiences
Media and varieties of nonreligion
Media, religion and secularities in a global perspective
Material and symbolic mediations of sacred and secular
We invite extended abstracts of 500-1000 words to be submitted for consideration. Abstracts should clearly state the overall argument and/or research question of the article, theoretical ideas or concepts being engaged, research methods used and a brief summary of findings or claims. Abstracts should also address how articles will engage with the special issue and conference theme of rethinking media, religion and secularities. To be considered, abstracts must be submitted to guest editor: Heidi Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 29 September 2021.
Full research papers articles of up to 7,000 words (inclusive of all references and citations), will be invited in late Oct 2021. Full and final drafts of papers will be due in mid February 2022. This special issue is slated for publication in Spring 2023, before the next schedule ISMRC conference in Bochum, Germany.
Authors are asked consult the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture author guidelines when formatting your final submission: https://brill.com/view/journals/rmdc/rmdc-overview.xml All invited submissions will undergo a standard blind peer review assessment, with these results determining the final selection of which full articles will be included in this special issue.