Literatures and Media of Religions
It is common knowledge among the public and academics that our modern lives are increasingly being shaped and reshaped by the media. Thus, religious discourses are also closely linked to media: modern (mass) media, such as film, television, radio, internet and virtual worlds, shape the religious landscape and impact on the identity formations of religious actors. Increasingly, these actors also make use of media to (re)present and negotiate their religious identity, for example on weblogs, in social networks or via special broadcasting formats, such as special-interest religious channels. Increasingly, media are also used by institutional as well as non-institutional religious groups to transport content to a broader public. Therefore, on the one hand, media reflect processes of cultural and social construction as well as their changes; on the other hand, they are also able to shape, change or create these constructions.
In various research projects, members of the Institute investigate the connection between media and religions and their processes of change. The research we conduct encompasses two separate objects of investigation and methodological approaches:
2. Socio-empirical investigation of religious actors in their mediatised life worlds
In contrast to previous research approaches, media per se are no longer seen as the cause of change processes: rather, the interplay of various socio-cultural processes must be put in correlation to mediatisation. For this reason, the methodological focus of the analysis is no longer on any specific medium, such as television or the internet, but on the individual actors in their respective mediatised worlds. To this end, empirical research projects are carried out and a constant intra- and interdisciplinary exchange is maintained. This field of activity is affiliated with the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) Bremen and is responsible for the Media and Religion lab. It is also involved in the research group Communicative Figurations of Mediatised Worlds, which was recognised as a profile network by the Academic Senate of the University of Bremen in 2011 and is a joint initiative of the Universities of Bremen (ZeMKI) and Hamburg (the Research Centre for Media and Communication,RCMC) together with the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research (HBI).
ZeMKI Research Project - published 2017
Radde-Antweiler, K., Grünenthal, H., and Gogolok, S., 2018. ‘Blogging Sometimes Leads to Dementia, Doesn’t It?’ The Roman Catholic Church in Times of Deep Mediatization. In: A. Hepp, A. Breiter, and U. Hasebrink, eds. Communicative Figurations. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 267–286.