This Unit is dedicated to the scholarly exploration of religious expression in a variety of cultural settings. We encourage a multidisciplinary display of scholarship in our sessions and are committed to taking popular culture seriously as an arena of religious and theological reflection and practice.
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Religion and Popular Culture Unit
Call for Proposals
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe (also including the TV series) and the development of a Marvel canon. We are particularly interested in the ongoing development of new canonical interpretations of the MCU’s religiousness and what that means for those of us who study religion and popular culture.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 25. 2022 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the debut of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series. We invite presentations on how this groundbreaking program has shaped theorizing in religion and popular culture as well as its impact on offline religious and scholarly practices.
- Religion and popular culture in the premodern world (i.e., before 1500)
- “All the money we cannot see:” crypto, NFTs, and the new theologies of invisible and unworldly value
- In honor of the 50th anniversary of the releases of the Blaxploitation classics Blacula and Super Fly, and the Jamaican film The Harder They Come and its even more monumental soundtrack, a call for papers on representations of religion in Afro-Diasporic culture beyond the politics of respectability.
- In honor of the 50th anniversary of the release of Deep Throat and the 25th anniversary of the release of Boogie Nights, a panel on religion and porn.
- Co-sponsored with the Religion and Science Fiction Unit. Taking the recent release of the Netflix limited series Midnight Mass as the occasion, we invite papers on that series and other works by its creator Mike Flanagan, or on Catholic horror more generally.
- Open Call. We welcome any and all proposals that are not specifically mentioned in the call for papers and we are specifically interested in topics and theoretical insights from outside North America.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Eden Consenstein, Princeton University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Juli Gittinger, Georgia College & State University1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Roger A. Sneed, Furman University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Kaitlyn Ugoretz, University of California, Santa Barbara1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Daniel White Hodge, North Park University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
America Wolff, Florida State University1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members