This edited collection aims to examine religion across:
ߦ historical media forms using a broad concept of «media»
ߦ contemporary media with a focus on digital forms
ߦ religious traditions
ߦ disciplinary approaches
The focus here is on processes of mediation rather than «media» as such. Religion is seen as intertwined in forms of mediation that possibly transform religious practices.
Analytical insights from the field of media studies are brought to bear on religion in ancient media, such as ritual or early manuscript culture. Insights from such analyses provide a strengthened awareness of continuities and discontinuities between the (post-) modern and earlier societies to the study of current media and religion.
This book attempts to address issues of religion and media precisely through establishing a cross-disciplinary scholarly dialogue on the subject of «religion across media».
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 215 pp.
Contents: Birgit Meyer: Material Mediations and Religious Practices of World-Making – Terje Stordalen: Media of Ancient Hebrew
Religion – Peter Horsfield: The Ecology of Writing and the Shaping of Early Christianity – Liv Ingeborg Lied: Manuscript Culture
and the Myth of Golden Beginnings – Ute Hüsken: Contested Ritual Mediation: Brahmin Temple Priests in South India – Peter
Simonson: On Digital Eloquence and Other Rhetorical Pathways to Thinking About Religion and Media – Kim Knott: Religion, Space,
and Contemporary Media – David Thurfjell: Mediating Gypsiness Through the Holy Spirit: Pentecostalism and Social Mobilization
Among European Roma – Nabil Echchaibi: Taming the West: Mediations of Muslim Modernities – Mia Lövheim: New Media, Religion,
and Gender: Young Swedish Female Bloggers – Stewart M. Hoover: Evolving Religion in the Digital Media – Knut Lundby: Media
and Transformations of Religion.