This edited collection aims to examine religion across: ? historical media forms using a broad concept of "media" ? contemporary media with a focus on digital forms ? religious traditions ? disciplinary approaches The focus here is on processes of mediation rather than "media" as such. Religion is seen as intertwined in forms of mediation that possibly transform religious practices. Analytical insights from the field of media studies are brought to bear on religion in ancient media, such as ritual or early manuscript culture. Insights from such analyses provide a strengthened awareness of continuities and discontinuities between the (post-) modern and earlier societies to the study of current media and religion. This book attempts to address issues of religion and media precisely through establishing a cross-disciplinary scholarly dialogue on the subject of "religion across media".
Knut Lundby is Dr.phil. in sociology of religion from the University of Oslo, where he is currently Professor in the Department of Media and Communication. Some of Dr. Lundby's previous publications include Mediatization: Concept, Changes, Consequences (2009) and Digital Storytelling, Mediatized Stories: Self-representations in New Media (2008). He is also a co-editor of Implications of the Sacred in (Post)Modern Media (2006).
Contents: Birgit Meyer: Material Mediations and Religious Practices of World-Making - Terje Stordalen: Media of Ancient Hebrew Religion - Peter Horsfield: The Ecology of Writing and the Shaping of Early Christianity - Liv Ingeborg Lied: Manuscript Culture and the Myth of Golden Beginnings - Ute Husken: Contested Ritual Mediation: Brahmin Temple Priests in South India - Peter Simonson: On Digital Eloquence and Other Rhetorical Pathways to Thinking About Religion and Media - Kim Knott: Religion, Space, and Contemporary Media - David Thurfjell: Mediating Gypsiness Through the Holy Spirit: Pentecostalism and Social Mobilization Among European Roma - Nabil Echchaibi: Taming the West: Mediations of Muslim Modernities - Mia Loevheim: New Media, Religion, and Gender: Young Swedish Female Bloggers - Stewart M. Hoover: Evolving Religion in the Digital Media - Knut Lundby: Media and Transformations of Religion.