God and Popular Culture
Praeger Publishers, forthcoming
Editor: Mary Ann Beavis, Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology, St. Thomas More College, Academic Editor, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
Editorial Advisors: William Romanowski, Calvin College; Jennifer Porter, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Michel Clasquin, University of South Africa (Unisa).
Forthcoming from Praeger Publishers, a three-volume, edited anthology by an international team of scholars with expertise in the field of religion/theology and popular culture. Proposals in the areas of world religions and international perspectives on God/religion and popular culture are welcome. The themes of the three volumes, and possible chapter topics include, but are not limited to:
Volume 1: God in Film and Television
Television: God/religion in prime time series; Religious broadcasting; Televangelism; TV fandom as religious experience; Portrayals of religion/s in TV news; God/religion in made-for-TV movies; Religion in advertising; Religion and TV genres (e.g., drama, comedy, science fiction/fantasy, soaps, horror, reality, talk, comedy); Religion in specific TV shows ;Religious programming and state-funded/public TV; Religion and sports broadcasting; Religion and children’s TV; Religion and “cult TV.”
Film. God/Religion in movie genres (e.g., science fiction/fantasy, horror, romance, comedy, musicals, sports movies); Portrayals of religions/religious people in film (e.g., Catholics, evangelicals, fundamentalists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, clergy, nuns, etc.); Religious themes in specific movies; Biblical epics; Jesus movies; Apocalyptic movies; Hagiographical movies; the Christian film; Movie viewing as religious; The use of movies in church groups (“faith and film”); Religion and “art films; Religion and animated films; Religion in Bollywood ; Muslim filmmaking; Religion and “cult films; Religion and film censorship.
Volume 2: God and Popular Music
Religious/theological themes in popular music genres (e.g., rock, country, pop, hip-hop, heavy metal, soul, Reggae, Bhangra; Religious/theological themes and specific artists (e.g., Madonna, Bob Dylan, Bad Religion; Popular music as religious; Use of popular music in worship; Popular music as religious experience; the Christian music industry; Religion and the rock concert; Religion in musicals; Religious music for children; Religion and censorship of popular music; God and world music.
Volume 3: God in Print and electronic media God/religion and comic books (e.g., specific genres, heroes, series); God/religion popular novels (e.g., romances, best-sellers, horror, science fiction, fantasy); Religion in the writings of specific popular novelists (e.g., Anne-Marie Macdonald, Barbara Kingsolver, Stephen King, Dan Brown, J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien); Religious reporting in the print media; Religious identity of novels and novelists (e.g., C.S. Lewis, Hal Lindsay, Left Behind, Christian romance novels, Salman Rushdie); Religion and the internet; Religion and expos?s/conspiracy theories (e.g., The Bible Code, The Da Vinci Code, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, Jesus and the Lost Goddess).
Each volume will consist of approximately 20 chapters, 6000 words in length.
Proposals are invited from scholars with a wide range of interests in Religion/Theology and Popular Culture. Proposals should be submitted by email attachment to the Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) in Word format, 500 words, double spaced, including title of proposed manuscript, and author’s name and institutional affiliation. In addition to the proposal, prospective contributors should include a brief statement listing their interests and recent publications in the area of Religion and Popular Culture. Final submissions should be of academic quality, but accessible to an educated, general readership. Deadline for proposals: September 15, 2004. Draft manuscripts of chapters accepted by the Editors must be received by September 15, 2005.
Mary Ann Beavis
St. Thomas More College
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