CFP: [Religion] Religion and Popular Culture

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Justin Scott-Coe

Call for Submissions
Religion and Popular Culture
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
Deadline: 15 May 2009

At a time when many in the U.S. and around the world encounter religion as
a polarizing subject, one especially revered by some and utterly contested
by others, this issue of Reconstruction seeks to explore questions arising
at the intersection of religious experience and popular culture. To engage
the relationship of religion and popular culture requires discipline-based,
trans-disciplinary, and inter-disciplinary approaches in order to interpret
these broad ranges of human experience.

Over the past three decades, scholarship in the Humanities evaluating the
relationships between religion and popular culture has increased
dramatically. This particular issue seeks a broad array of perspectives
that explore, analyze, and/or interpret the myriad interrelations and
interactions that exist between religion and popular culture. Despite some
recent attention, the role popular culture plays in religious experience is
often undervalued. Popular culture not only presents and portrays religious
ideas and norms, it also operates as both a vehicle and medium through
which religious meaning is communicated and understood. Submissions need
not be directed toward any particular religious tradition or geared for any
single definition of religion. Instead, religion might be imagined in any
(or none) of the following ways: as an expression of doctrinal beliefs
and/or core values, as an on-going movement between an individual or
community and a larger socio-cultural matrix, or as essentially a cultural
construction. Theological investigations that engage cultural studies from
a faith perspective are certainly encouraged. We also welcome perspectives
that interrogate the stability of meaning(s) assigned to such terms
("culture," "religion," "popular," etc.) and their complex inter-relations.

Specifically, submissions should be framed with at least one of the
following four rubrics in mind: religion within popular culture, popular
culture within religion, religion as popular culture (and vice versa), or
religion in tension with popular culture.

We welcome manuscripts that produce conversations engaging historical,
ethnographic, normative, literary, anthropological, philosophical,
artistic, political or other terms that elaborate a relationship between
religion and popular culture. For example, submissions might investigate
religious expression(s) in relation to any of the following realms of
contemporary popular culture:

* Music
* Literature
* Film
* Broadcast media (particularly religious broadcasting)
* Journaism
* Athletics
* Comic books
* Novels / poetry / short story
* Television
* Radio
* Print media
* Internet / technology
* Popular art / architecture
* Sacred vs. profane space
* Advertising
* Consumerism
* New religious movements/religious subcultures
* Socio-political religious movements (liberation theologies, Zionism,
right-wing Evangelicalism, etc.)

Note: This list is representative, but certainly not exhaustive.

Please send proposals, abstracts, completed essays, multimedial
performances, etc. to Nate Hinerman and Michael Benton at by 15 May 2009. We are happy to consider
abstracts and proposals prior to this date. Publication is expected in the
first quarter of 2010. All submissions are refereed. Papers must follow the
Reconstruction guidelines for submission

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture
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online cultural studies journal dedicated to fostering an intellectual
community composed of scholars and their audience, granting them all the
ability to share thoughts and opinions on the most important and
influential work in contemporary interdisciplinary studies. Reconstruction
publishes three themed issues and one open issue quarterly. Reconstruction
is indexed in the MLA International Bibliography.

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