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In: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion
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The Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (RMDC) is a peer-reviewed academic journal, publishing three issues per year. RMDC is published in cooperation with the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC).

To understand religion today, we must understand how religious ideas and practices are communicated, learned, represented, enacted and resisted through media. Religion circulates through social media, is discussed in the news and becomes a source of imagery for film and television. Popular understandings of religious belief and practice are formed by encounters with their representations in journalism and entertainment media. Religious institutions produce their own media, too, from radio and TV preachers to religious videogames. This journal seeks to provide a venue for sharing new empirical research and theoretical analysis of these and other intersections between religion, media and culture.

RMDC publishes original work that contributes to social-scientific discussion of the relationship between religion, media and culture. Studies of any religious tradition, medium or geographical region are welcome. The journal’s primary focus is on recent and contemporary media, but historical studies may also be considered. Theological writings will not normally be accepted for publication.

ISMRC is a worldwide association for the academic study of religion and media. Its meetings began in 1994, and a biennial series of International Conferences on Media, Religion and Culture has been organized since 1996. These conferences have now been held in North and South America, Europe and Asia, and affiliated conferences have also been arranged in many countries. RMDC received the official endorsement of this society in 2017 and seeks to continue this global scholarly conversation.

RMDC publishes peer-reviewed articles (6-8000 words), non-reviewed research reports (up to 5000 words), book reviews (up to 1200 words) and review articles (2-3000 words, comparing two or more recent books on a common theme). Submissions should conform to the Instructions for Authors, available below as a downloadable PDF.

For editorial queries and proposals, please contact the editor-in-chief, Tim Hutchings.
For book review queries, please contact the book review editor, Enqi Weng.
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This article encourages researchers of religion, media and culture to develop new, global, comparative conversations about the meaning and purpose of public scholarship. Key terms like “religion”, “media”, “publicness” and “scholarship” can be understood and articulated differently in different social, cultural and geographical locations, and dialogue across our academic contexts is needed to help explore these parallels and divergences. This article shares three reflections from scholars who have lived and worked in west Africa, southern Europe and south-east Asia. Each contributor has been asked to address two questions: How do religious communities engage public audiences? And how can (or should) scholars communicate with the public? The conclusion to the article identifies some of the central themes of their responses: secularity, colonial legacies, globalization, power, vulnerability, and the intended audience of our public interventions.

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In: Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture