Spring 2018 newsletter

Greetings, RMIG! In this edition of the newsletter:

AEJMC Deadline is April 1

The annual AEJMC national convention is back in Washington, D.C., in August. The call for papers at the intersection of media and religion is posted along with the general call. Papers for all divisions and interest groups must be submitted through All Academic by midnight April 1. Discounted early-bird registration is available until July 9.

The Year in Religion and Media News

Rick Moore chronicles seven stories from 2017 that show the timely timelessness of studying the interaction of media and religion.

News and Projects From Your Colleagues

Reflections on a Student Trip to Haiti

Michael Longinow reports on capturing images, communicating across cultures, and pedagogical lessons learned.

Sahar Khamis Publishes Book Chapter on European Muslims

“The Internet and New Communication Dynamics Among Diasporic Muslims: Opportunities, Challenges, and Paradoxes” appears in a new collection edited by Merve Kayikçi and Leen d’Haenens, European Muslims and New Media (Leuven U.P., 2017). 

Sahar also has introduced a new course, Islamic Discourses in the Digital Age, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Julia Duin Publishes First Research on Serpent Handling and Digital Media

Julia Duin, formerly the Snedden Chair at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks, has published her sixth book: In the House of the Serpent Handler: A Story of Faith and Fleeting Fame in an Age of Social Media with the University of Tennessee Press. It is the first study of how practitioners of this 100-year-old custom have interacted with Facebook and other 21st-century   innovations and one of only a few books studying this unusual group of Christian believers.

Now based in Seattle, she was just named the winner of the 2018 Wilbur Award for best magazine writing for her November 2017 piece in the Washington Post about televangelist and Trump spiritual advisor Paula White.

Survey on Use of ResearchGate

Raluca Cozma (Kansas State) and Daniela Dimitrova (Iowa State) are conducting a 10- to 15-minute survey on how academics are using ResearchGate. The survey is available at ResearchGateInAcademia.

In Memoriam

Sources and Resources

Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown has funded a project to digitize and post thousands of ancient occult manuscripts.

Recent additions at the Association of Religion Data Archives include the Perception and Acceptance of Religious Diversity survey (Europe, 2010), the Longitudinal Study of Generations (U.S., 1971-1994 available), and the Presbyterian Panel Survey (U.S., 2016).

Religion and Media Papers Presented at the Midwinter Meeting (March 2-3) and Southeast Colloquium (March 8-10)

  • Saleem Abbas (Forman Christian College Pakistan), “Conventional Female Images, Islamization and Its Outcomes: A Study of Pakistani TV Dramas”
  • Kenneth Campbell (South Carolina), “Religious Preparation and Ministry as Influences on Samuel E. Cornish Before Founding Freedom’s Journal
  • Abbey Little (Baylor), “Framing ISIS: A Comparative Analysis of Time and Newsweek Magazines’ Coverage of a Global Threat”
  • Valentina M. Michael (Ohio), “Terrorism News Coverage and Attitude Towards Islam: How Following Stories About Terrorism Events in the U.S. Cultivates Opinions About Islam and Muslims”

New Books and Journal Articles

Have you or your colleagues published or presented recently on media and religion? Have you encountered recent published research or a data source that others might find helpful? Let us know!

  • Murali Balaji, ed., Digital Hinduism: Dharma and Discourse in the Age of New Media (Lexington Books, 2017).
  • Felicitas BeckerJoel Cabrita, and Marie Rodet, eds., Religion, Media, and Marginality in Modern Africa (Ohio, 2018).
  • Daniel Biltereyst and Daniela Treveri Gennari, eds., Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism, and Power (Routledge, 2018).
  • Caroline Blyth and Nasili Vaka’uta, eds., The Bible and Art: Perspectives From Oceania (Bloomsbury, 2017).
  • Maureen K. Day, “From Consensus to Division: Tracing the Ideological Divide Among American Catholic Women, 1950-1980.” Journal of Media and Religion 16, no. 4 (December 2017): 129-140.
  • Gregory Price Grieve and Daniel Veidlinger (eds.), Buddhism, the Internet, and Digital Media: The Pixel in the Lotus (Routledge, 2018).
  • Ted G. Jelen, Andrew R. Lewis, and Paul A. Djupe, “Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech: The Effects of Alternative Rights Frames on Mass Support for Public Exemptions.” Journal of Church and State 60, no. 1 (January 2018): 43-67.
  • Ayse Kok, The Web and Faith: Theological Analysis of Cyberspace Technologies (River Publishers, 2018).
  • Gregory P. Perreault, Margaret Duffy, and Ariel Morrison, “Making a Mormon?: Peacemaking in U.S. Press Coverage of the Mormon Baptism for the Dead.” Journal of Media and Religion 16, no. 4 (December 2017): 141-152.
  • Lauren Pond, Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation (Duke, 2017).
  • Jordi Pujol, “Magisterium of John Paul II and the Moral Dilemmas of Free Speech: A Communication Based on Freedom and Truth.” Journal of Communication and Religion 40, no. 3 (Fall 2017): 102-115.
  • Andrey Rosowsky, ed., Faith and Language Practices in Digital Spaces (Multilingual Matters, 2017).
  • Edward Slingerland et al., “The Distant Reading of Religious Texts: A ‘Big Data’ Approach to Mind-Body Concepts in Early China.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 85, no. 4 (December 2017): 985–1016.
  • Kenneth Suit, James Friedrich and Cathedral Films: The Independent Religious Cinema of the Evangelist of Hollywood, 1939-1966 (Lexington Books, 2017).
  • Ruth Tsuria, “From Sick to Sin: Digital Judaism and Pornography.” Journal of Media and Religion 16, no. 4 (December 2017): 117-128.
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