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On the History and Hermeneutics of Comics (Book chapter)

Book title: Drawn Stories, Moving Images. Comic Books and their Screen Adaptations

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000645 Year: Volume: 3/1 Pages: 17-44 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
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What is a comic? The simple answer states that a comic is a drawn story that is picture- rather than text-oriented and told serially. In other words, a comic is a type of illustration. Realism is not its goal; rather a narrative is developed through reduction according to specific stylistic means.I start this article with a definition of the term “comic”, and move on to highlight the complexity of the comic and to argue that insight into this complexity is necessary for its correct interpretation. Only then can we recognise that the comic is not only entertaining but also, in its own way, a vehicle for content that might be system confirming and propagandistic but can also be system critical. Doing so allows us to see the potential of the comic that is embedded in its particular affinity with nonlinear interactive audiovisual media.

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Game Review: Samorost 3 (Amanita Design, 2016) (Book chapter)

Book title: Drawn Stories, Moving Images. Comic Books and their Screen Adaptations

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000645 Year: Volume: 3/1 Pages: 199-205 Language: english
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Book Review: Elijah Siegler, Coen. Framing Religion in Amoral Order. Baylor University Press, 2016 (ISBN 978-1481-3028-38) (Book chapter)

Book title: "I Sing the body electric". Body, Voice, Technology and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000461 Year: Volume: 2/1 Pages: 113-120 Language: english
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Methodological Challenges by (New) Media (Book chapter)

Book title: Thinking Methods in Media and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000058 Year: Volume: 1/1 Pages: 37-42 Language: english
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The classical concept of media analysis depends to a large extent on linearity, but modern interactive media are mostly non-linear. Roger Odin has suggested a method for working with such interactive media; however, the approach he suggests creates a new problem. What would be an appropriate way to deal with the dilemma of balancing sufficient intersubjectivity and concessions to non-linearity?

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Editorial: The Relevance of Comics and their Screen Adaptations (Book chapter)

Book title: Drawn Stories, Moving Images. Comic Books and their Screen Adaptations

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000645 Year: Volume: 3/1 Pages: 9-16 Language: english
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Editorial of JRFM 2017, 3/1 : Drawn Stories, Moving Images. Comic Books and their Screen Adaptations

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Using Media in Religious Studies. Strategies of Representing Religion in Scholarly Approaches

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000676 Year: Volume: 3/2 Pages: 96 DOI: 10.25364/05.3:2017.2.1 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
Subject: Religion --- Visual Arts --- Education
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Compared to the broad and well established field of research on media within religions, the usage of media for representing religion in scholarly work – text, image, sound, material, speech, film etc. – is a rather neglected topic. This is astonishing, since media have different effects and are perceived with different impacts not only in religions but also inside the scientific community. This shapes our perception and needs to be separated from processes of understanding media within religions. The issue explores media as a crucial part of research, as means for both producing and representing scholarly results.This issue of JRFM focuses mainly two topics: didactics of teaching religious studies and exhibiting religions. An example like the Qur’an illustrates the complexity and connectivity of media and their representations. As the Qur’an might occur as script, print, sound or in the internet, it induces scholars first to use adequate forms to mediate emic habitual practices of reading, touching and reciting, and second to choose forms that are useful for etic reflections on emic perceptions. The emic and etic perception might differ especially when media do not only transport narratives or any religious knowledge but represent an idea of transcendence and evoke elementary religious feelings. Exhibitions, as another example, are results of complex processes to transfer historical or empirical knowledge via selected materials to the sensual perception of visitors. But this transfer is not only a part of scholarly exhibitions but also occurs when museums become missionary tools.Media are in any case not only signs and symbols to communicate or transport knowledge, but they are part of worldviews, emotional and habitual sets of sensation, which, interestingly enough, reveal religions and scholarly approaches as overlapping. Therefore, a specific reflection on our perspectives and insights into recipients’ possible perceptions are necessary if our aim is to inform and make our own methods transparent and suitable to what we want to express. This issue wants to stimulate further methodological reflections on this field.As usual book reviews as well as two calls for papers for upcoming issues of JRFM complete the volume.

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In Search of the Human. The Work of the Dardenne Brothers

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000515 Year: Volume: 2/2 Pages: 166 Language: english
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Subject: Religion --- Visual Arts --- Anthropology
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Close-ups of human faces and hands, shots that are anchored around human individuals, with landscapes or cityscapes only present in so far as they represent the environment in which these individuals live and act, a camera that moves and breathes with human bodies, scenes defined by the actions and interactions of the characters, narratives of human despair and resilience, broken relationships and offers of trust – without wanting to delimit the multifaceted oeuvre of Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, these prominent aesthetic and narrative elements of their films underline one central theme across their work, the search for the human. What is the human being? What are the conditions that hinder or promote human flourishing? How can human beings exist in an industrialized, technicized society? How can they maintain their humanity under dehumanizing conditions? These questions are not explicitly religious, let alone specific to Christianity, and they are treated in the films of the Dardennes without direct reference to religious traditions and their bids to make sense of human existence.

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"I Sing the body electric". Body, Voice, Technology and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000461 Year: Volume: 2/1 Pages: 130 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
Subject: Visual Arts --- Religion
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In his controversial poem “I Sing the Body Electric”, Walt Whitman glorified the human body in all its forms. The world according to Whitman is physical and sensual. Bodies are our fundamental way of being – being in the here and now, being in time and space. Bodies we have and bodies we are are as much sensed, felt, experienced, seen, or heard as they are material objects.2 As bodies, we are in space, and through our bodies, their processes, their practices, their skills, we leave traces in space and time and extend ourselves in space. Bodies that extend and reach out and communicate through voice, as well as how voice materialises the immaterial, was the topic of a colloquium, “I Sing the Body Electric”, held at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, in 2014, which in turn inspired the following special issue of the Journal for Religion, Film and Media (JRFM).Following on from the colloquium’s inspiration, this JRFM issue is dedicated to the interrelation between religion, body, technology, and voice and its analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective using approaches from musicology, philosophy, and religious studies.

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Thinking Methods in Media and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000058 Year: Volume: 1/1 Pages: 106 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
Subject: Religion --- Visual Arts
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Inspired by a workshop held at the University of Zurich in November 2014, we inaugurate the Journal for Religion, Film and Media (JRFM) with a special issue dedicated to methodology. The field of media and religion is characterised by a multitude of approaches to both religion and media. The choice of communication paradigms and analytical procedures to be used in an investigation of the intertwined relationship of religion and media depends on the sources, the questions we seek to answer and the cultural context. This issue of JRFM presents a range of methodological procedures by highlighting three selected communication models: the first part considers a model that defines communication as an overlap of spaces that mediates meaning-making processes; the second part looks at the employment of a gender lens for investigation of the relationship between media and religion; the final part analyses the interaction between media and religion in the context of various contemporary art productions.While these models have been drawn from a broad range of possible topics, those selected share a common concern: they involve reflection on methodological stepsused to analyse interactions always characterised by non-linear and multi-causal relations. Each of the three main sections contains a key article and two responses, with the methodological questions addressed by invited contributors commented upon, discussed critically and developed further by members of the mentioned research groups.

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“Who, Being Loved, Is Poor?” - Material and Media Dimensions of Weddings

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000690 Year: Volume: 4/2 Pages: 133 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2018.2.1 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
Subject: Gender Studies --- Visual Arts --- Religion
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