This Unit offers a forum for theory and methodology of the visual for those interested in the interdisciplinary study of religion, film, and visual culture. There is no single way to study religion and the visual, and we expect scholars to provide new perspectives on the way we understand visual culture and to provide this understanding through traditional and emerging methodologies.
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Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Unit
Call for Proposals
The Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Unit invites proposals on the following topics. Please note we are committed to diversity and thus strongly encourage the use of world cinema and global visual culture products as well as the gender and ethnic diversity of participants. Additionally, we expect presenters to incorporate visual media in presentations and ask that all proposals indicate how visuals will be used. We also ask that proposals be clear about their theoretical and methodological approaches and perspectives.
2023 Themes and Topics:
- Kyrie, Kanye, and the visuality of sports/music (Co-Sponsorship with Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion unit)
- Individual papers, panels, or roundtables that re-consider Barbra Streisand as icon and director, including revisiting the themes of gender, religion, race, sexuality, and class in her films (potential co-sponsorship with the Queer Studies and Study of Judaism Units)
We invite proposals exploring:
- Video Gaming and/as Pedagogy
- 100 Years of Disney and Warner (Co-sponsorship with History of Christianity unit)
On the centennial of the founding of Disney and Warner Bros., we invite proposals that examine the telling or narration of Christian history through film and popular culture
We seek creative panels focused on key scholarly monographs on the subject of religion, film, and visual culture published in 2022 or 2023. These panels can take the form of critical reviews, generative roundtables responses, prompts for further exploration, author dialogue, and more. Be sure to include a brief summary of the book and clearly delineate its significance and relevance for the study of religion, film, and visual culture. Outline how the participants will contribute to a broad conversation on the subject and advance the book's arguments and conclusions.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Jennifer Caplan, University of Cincinnati1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Ken Derry, University of Toronto1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Joel Mayward, George Fox University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Kristian Petersen, Old Dominion University1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Lina Verchery, Harvard University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024