NCSR 2008 - Urban Diversity and Religious Traditions
13-15 August 2008, Åbo Akademi University

Religion and mass media

Anders Sjöborg, Uppsala University

In late-modern society, mass media seem to play an increasingly important role, also for religion. Historically dominated by North American studies, the research field in the Nordic countries is becoming stronger. Part of this is related to the international network on the intersection of media – religion – culture, which also has a Nordic network. The field is also related to the international discourse on religion and popular culture. The Nordic region provides an interesting case for such studies given its cultural and religious heritage, high material standard of living and significant sub cultural pluralism when it comes to youth culture.

This session therefore welcomes papers on religion and film, religion and popular music, religion and news, religion and new media and other related topics.