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Religion and Film Resources: Journals

Gideon Burton
Brigham Young University

  Journals specific to Religion/Spirituality and Film or Popular Culture
    The Journal of Religion and Film (University of Nebraska - Omaha)
      "The Journal of Religion and Film examines the description, critique, and embodiment of religion in film."
    Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
      "The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, of the interrelations and interactions between religion and religious expression and popular culture, broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture."
  Religion Journals that publish articles or reviews about cinema (not film reviews).
    Journal of Religion & Society (1999-present)
      The Journal of Religion & Society is a cross-disciplinary, electronic journal published by the Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Creighton University. The journal promotes the study of religious groups and beliefs among the various peoples of the world, past and present, with emphasis on American religions and the Western religious traditions. Has included articles and reviews about religion and film.
    Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
      "Religion and American Culture is devoted to promoting the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms, and dynamics of religion in America. Embracing a diversity of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives this semiannual publication explores the interplay between religion and other spheres of American culture. Although concentrated on specific topics, articles illuminate larger patterns, implications, or contexts of American life."
    Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality [requires access to Project Muse online]
      "An expansion of the highly regarded Christian Spirituality Bulletin, Spiritus covers a wide range of disciplines within the field of religious studies: history, philosophy, theology, and psychology. Ecumenical in its approach, Spiritus explores the connections between spirituality and cultural analysis- including literary and artistic expression, social activism, and spiritual practice. Filled with lively insightful articles, reviews, and new translations of important texts, Spiritusappeals not only to scholars and academics, but also to general readers such as pastors, practitioners, and those in the helping professions. The journal's goal is to promote research in the field of Christian spirituality while fostering creative dialogue with other non-Christian traditions."
  Film Journals that publish articles or reviews about religion / spirituality.
    Cinema Journal [requires access to Project Muse online]
      "Cinema Journal is sponsored by the Society for Cinema Studies and presents recent scholarship by SCS members. The Society for Cinema Studies, founded in 1959, is a professional organization of film and television scholars with over 1000 members in the United States, Canada, and other countries throughout the world. Its membership includes university faculty, graduate students, archivists, filmmakers, and others devoted to the art of the moving image."
    The Film Journal (2002-present)

"The Film Journal is a Central Ohio-based, independently produced, online film publication, which seeks to contribute to the community of serious-minded film websites by being a forum for eclectic film criticism, study and discussion. The Film Journal seeks to highlight local film events, as well as feature international film writing."

    Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies [full text of some issues online through Project Muse]
      "Film & History is concerned with the impact of motion pictures on our society. Also, unlike many other journals, Film & History focuses on how feature films and documentary films both represent and interpret history."