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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:


We invite proposals exploring: 

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


Book Panel

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

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.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members